Ancient symbols from a temple in Turkey, have just been translated by researchers, and they seem to represent the story of a devastating comet impact more than 13 000 years ago. They then, run computer simulations around that time, and arrived at the conclusion that the event probably refers to a comet impact that happened around 10 950 BCE, and probably changed the civilization forever, by starting a mini ice age.
The resulting event, known as the Younger Dryas, lasted around 1000 years, and it’s considered as a critical period for the human race, since it was by that time that both agriculture and the first Neolithic civilizations arose, probably due to the colder weather, plus the period was linked to the extinction of the woolly mammoth.
Although the period has been intensely studied, no one had until now, been able to pinpoint what triggered this ice age. They had the comet strike at their main hypothesis, but until now they had not been able to detect any proofs of comet strikes at the time.
The ancient symbols, are located at the world’s oldest know temple, Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, and they are the ones who led the research team, from the University of Edinburgh in the UK, to further explore the comet strike theory.
“I think this research, along with the recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent virtually seal the case in favour of a Younger Dryas comet impact”, said the lead researcher Martin Sweatman. “Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change”, He added.
The ancient symbols also suggest that the Gobekli Tepe, wasn’t only a simple temple, but it was an ancient observatory instead. Thought to have been built around 9000 BCE (around 6000 before the Stonehenge), according to these symbols it seems the location is instead 2000 years older than previously thought.
As you can see in the image bellow, the carvings were found on a pillar known as the Vulture Stone, and depict different animals in specific positions around it.
It seems that, according to the research team, the animals actually represent specific astronomical constellations, and show a swarm of comet fragments hitting our planet, and even there’s a headless man represented, that they think it’s used to symbolize the extensive loss of life as a consequence to the event.
This isn’t the first time in the human history that carving has provided insight into civilization’s past.
“Many paleolithic cave paintings and artefacts with similar animal symbols and other repeated symbols suggest astronomy could be very ancient indeed”, told Sweatman to The Telegraph.