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Turkish Stonehenge: Gobekli Tepe by [Plegge, Joe]
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Turkish Stonehenge: Gobekli Tepe reveals the secrets of our ancestors and forces scientists to rethink the beginnings of astronomy and civilization. It tells the story of how celestial knowledge was kept alive and fills in the gap between cave paintings and the Sumerian culture. Gobekli Tepe is the Turkish Stonehenge. Gobekli Tepe, in southeast Turkey, is currently being excavated by Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmidt, in association with the German Archaeological Institute, officials from the Turkish Government, and the Sanliurfa Museum. This 12,000 year old site includes numerous circular structures made from limestone pillars with bas-relief carvings. While researching the dig site, Joe Plegge discovered that at least one of the stone circles was designed specifically to track equinoxes and solstices. He reveals the origins of the people who built the stone circles and where they learned to carve stone. He describes how solar observations were monitored at Gobekli Tepe and at Stonehenge 7,000 years later. Finally, he offers the proof that the descendants of the builders of Gobekli Tepe migrated throughout Europe and settled in England thousands of years before Stonehenge was built. There are 51 illustrations including color photos, maps, and drawings.

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  • Publisher: Plegge Enterprises; First Edition edition (16 November 2012)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for ancient history lovers 10 December 2014
By R. G. Peterson - Published on
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I learned of Gobekli Tepe about a year ago, not long after reading several of Sitchin's books about the Sumerians which raised many questions about how the presumed first civilization could have obtained so many technological advances so early in its history. Understanding the timeline by including Gobekli Tepe helps bring many unknowns into perspective. Sumer was thought to have been the first agrarian settlement of what had previously been hunter-gatherer nomadic tribal groups, having settled about 4,000 BC. However, we now know the people who built Gobekli Tepe some 12,000 years ago later migrated to the Mid-East as well as into Britain and other areas, taking their stone working artisanship talents into those parts of the world as well. This also explains why early Sumerians were not a Semitic people like those who later came from Akkad, and why the Sumerian language was more similar to European linguistics than to later Mid-Eastern dialects. Obviously a great deal of forgotten human history exists on the earth which conventional history fails to address! This book by Joe Plegge is enlightening and to the point; for ancient history fans this book can be completed in one sitting, while holding the readers attention start to finish and help fill some nagging gaps in understanding.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to a mystery 5 May 2014
By Ghost - Published on
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The site itself is still relatively new as far as research. What they do have is devastating to the accepted timelines and puts twists into the mainstream/accepted theories of early civilization. The book itself is a little light except that it introduces you to the studies that have been done which have given rise to questions, all of which if made change the timeline. Years ago when they found "Autzi" they had one concept going in, and after years of study he changed the timelines on many levels. This site is like finding a 747 in the pyramids. Throughout the book there is a constant challenging as to why a site that is clearly over 12,000 years old exists, much less with alleged solar/lunar alignments, stones weighing between 20-50 tons, with carvings of animals in a style that is almost impossible to do today. It is an intro to this site, it is balanced and does not mention 'ancient aliens'. It does make you wonder though as to what really happened around 10,000 bc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Accurate Guide to the Site With Questionable Far Reaching Theories 24 November 2014
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We took this book with us on a visit to Gobekli Tepe in October 2014 and found it very useful at the site. On the other hand, I am skeptical about the author's theories that Gobekli Tepe has features used for astronomical observation and that the builders of Gobekli Tepe 12,000 years ago may have been carrying on and extending the same culture and early astronomy of the people who made cave paintings in southern Europe 20,000 years ago.

The excavation of Gobekli Tepe began in 1995. Tourists have been allowed to visit the site only beginning this year in 2014. This brief book (really only the length of a monograph) contains a good description of what has been uncovered in the excavation and what is known about other areas of the site that have not yet been excavated based on the findings of ground penetrating radar surveys. The book also contains accurate diagrams of stone circles A through E. These diagrams were very useful when visiting the site - accurate enough to help us locate various carvings and features that easily could have been missed without the book. I took my Kindle with me to the site and many people crowded around to look over my shoulder at the diagrams because they were so helpful.

After the very accurate and useful description of what has been uncovered at Gobekli Tepe and what likely remains buried on the same hilltop, the author then begins his description of the stone holes and "cup" marks that he has concluded are astronomically accurate marks which correspond to the solar equinoxes and solar solstices. As a lay person I can't say whether the measurements to determine the correspondence of the stone holes and "cup" marks to these solar events is accurate, but I am very skeptical since this would move humankind's knowledge of astronomy back in time by millennium. I am equally skeptical as a lay person of the author's claim of some continuity of the people who made cave paintings in southern Europe 20,000 years ago with the people who build Gobekli Tepe 12,000 years ago and with the people who built Stonehenge 4,400 to 5,000 years ago. I readily admit I am unqualified to judge the plausibility of the author's claims on these points. But I also think that Gobekli Tepe is such an unexpected discovery, so inconsistent with what has been thought until now about the timing and cause of the Neolithic Revolution, and so little understood so far, that it is possible the author is right about his theories.

In any event, whether the author is right about his theories, his ideas are provocative and interesting and worth mulling over, and his factual description of what has been found is accurate and useful. If you have the chance to visit the site, take this book with you. If you can't visit the site the book is the best available source I have found for what the excavation of the site has uncovered so far.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... volume was both interesting (well written and documented) and useful to a beginner like myself (maps 15 June 2015
By G R Smith - Published on
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The information contained in this volume was both interesting (well written and documented) and useful to a beginner like myself (maps, illustrations, photos and drawings). The author's computer simulation illustrations -- in support of his "Celestial Observations" (chapter 7) -- certainly aided a layman like myself to visualize and follow the author's "evidence" in support of his thesis regarding one possible use of the construction and alignment of some of the structures. This certainly stimulated the ability to visualize and imagine the possible seasonal uses of our ancestors of these structures -- as they were also making the transition from their primary "tool-making / hunter" life style to a community that was beginning its journey into a more sedentary life-style as an "agrarian" community. Also, the inclusion of material (comparison and contrast) on the Lascaux cave paintings and the Stonehenge monument and alignments were sober, to the point, and without wild and extravagant speculations and claims or resort to ancient astronaut hypotheses -- this was refreshing. While the slimness of the volume was somewhat disappointing, it certainly however seemed most consistent with the nature and discovery that accurately describes the early stage of excavation of the Gobekli Site. The promissory note of the future seems to rest with the extensive Ground Penetrating Radar evidence revealing the extent of future possible discoveries awaiting the investment of time, skill and ability of the Archaeologist's spade.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early reporting on an Important Archaeological Site 6 December 2013
By Andrew E. Schultz - Published on
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This is a straighforward reporting of a remarkable archaeological find in southern Turkey, It's an important book, but rather preliminary in it's analysis. The photographs are adequate for this publication of archeological find, but later books, after more of the site is unearthed and examined will rewrite our understanding of the beginnings of civilization.