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Gobekli Tepe: The Highest Evolution of Human, “Field Arts.”

Gobekli Tepe: The Highest Evolution of Human, “Field Arts.”

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 18 April 2019



Göbekli Tepe, Şanlıurfa, Southern Turkey
Göbekli Tepe, Şanlıurfa, by Teomancimit.
By Teomancimit, big image.


A Deep Dive
The Long History of Human Field Operations

The Highest Evolution of Human, “Field Arts?”
Late Stone Age Man: The Ultimate Outdoorsmen

A First: Coming Out of The Field

Gobekli Tepe
Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?
Smithsonian, November, 2008.

Gobekli Tepe,

Late Stone Age,
Operating from 11,600 to 8000 years ago

The Full Wiki Map
In Turkey, sitting just Northwest of the halfway point along the length of Syria's Turkish border.


I find backpacking’s roots first located in our Environment, then next, reflected in Man’s DNA, the most significant traits of which were, of course, developed, “in the field,” so to speak, while engaged in life and death operations within that environment, over very, very long stretches of time.
Since I am more interested in experience, culture, and meaning than DNA,  I roughly begin looking closely at human engagement with Nature and each other, with the emergence of modern humans, around 50,000 years ago.

Fully Engaged
At that point in our history our abstract, self-reflective capabilities, as well as our physical capacities, were both truly and fully engaged with surviving our surrounding environment and competing cultures, in ways hard to appreciate today.
This is where I find the Genesis of today's human, "field," or backpacking skills, at their highest evolution of Stone Age development, right before man settled down, and began plowing the fields, rather than patrolling them...

Trail Guide: In Our Natural Habitat

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Stone Age Superstars
Göbekli Tepe's temple building began about 11,500 years ago as, "modern," man was approaching the end of living, "in the field." Göbekli Tepe shows us the impressive capability and sophistication of man at the end of our hunter-gatherer era, as our mastery of the, "field arts," gave us both the perspective and the resources necessary to both live well, build temples, and move from collection of resources to their production, through the local domestication plants and animals seen around, and contemporary to Göbekli Tepe.

Gobekli Tepe’s Beginning
Of the End of Field Life
"...the elevated location may have functioned as a spiritual center during 11,000 BCE or even earlier, essentially, at the very end of the Pleistocene."

Göbekli Tepe
Göbekli Tepe, Pillar 2 from Enclosure A (Layer III), by Teomancimit.
Pillar 2 from Enclosure A, 11,600 to 10,800 years ago, image by Teomancimit, Big Image.

Ultimate Field Operations
This culture’s continuous building and operation of these most ancient stone temples, while living in the field, before domesticating animals or agriculture, before the rise of the first towns or cities, gives us an amazing glimpse into the highest levels of stone age cultural sophistication, showing us these amazing physical displasy of a culture approaching the end of the hunter-gatherer phase of the stone age not just by their manipulation of these particular stones, but by having the social sophistication and resources to be able to marshal and supply the significant labor force over the very long period of time Gobekli Tepe was expanded.

Continuous Field Operations
What makes this amazing is that these people lived in the field, hunting and gathering their resources, in a culture tied together by oral information and traditions capable of expressing and representing sufficient fundamental agreement and social cohesion efficiently enough to not just generate sufficient excess time and resources capable of this significant physical expression, but by continuing building operations at Gobekli Tepe over a 3500 year span, up to and through their own very early transition from hunting and gathering food, to food production.

The visible monuments we see today are also monuments to the now invisible, but apparently sophisticated, operations of this field culture.

Lost Worlds
Those are levels and types of social engagement of a type of sophistication lost in today's self-created cement and steel digitized jungle that Mankind has subsequently constructed, and imprisoned himself, and much of his environment, within.

Pillar 27 from Enclosure C
Pillar 27 from Enclosure C (Layer III) with predatory animal sculpture, by Teomancimit.
With a predatory animal sculpture, 11,600 to 10,800 years ago, image by Teomancimit. Big Image.

Social Organization
"Archaeologists estimate that up to 500 persons were required to extract the heavy pillars from local quarries and move them 100–500 meters (330–1,640 ft) to the site.”

Location, Location, Location
“…what the landscape would have looked like 11,000 years ago...”

A Most Ancient Eden
"This area was like a paradise.”

Natural Fertility
“Prehistoric people would have gazed upon herds of gazelle and other wild animals; gently flowing rivers, which attracted migrating geese and ducks; fruit and nut trees; and rippling fields of wild barley and wild wheat varieties such as emmer and einkorn.”

Göbekli Tepe Pillar
Göbekli Tepe Pillar with the sculpture of a fox, by Teomancimit.
The sculpture of a fox, image by Zhengan. Big Image.

Top of the Fertile Crescent
Above Sumer (6500 ya) & Ur (5800 ya)
“Gobekli Tepe sits at the northern edge of the Fertile Crescent—an arc of mild climate and arable land from the Persian Gulf to present-day Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Egypt...”

Also known as the Cradle of Civilization...

Animal Husbandry
“...within 1,000 years of Gobekli Tepe's construction, settlers had corralled sheep, cattle and pigs.”

Domesticated Wheat
“...at a prehistoric village just 20 miles away, geneticists found evidence of the world's oldest domesticated strains of wheat; radiocarbon dating indicates agriculture developed there around 10,500 years ago, or just five centuries after Gobekli Tepe's construction.”

End of the Paleolithic Temple Building
“Around the beginning of the 8th millennium BCE Göbekli Tepe lost its importance.”

A Graceful End
“…each enclosure was buried quite deliberately...”



Time References

Humans in Canadian Yukon at Bluefish Caves, 24,000 years ago

French Cave Art, Lascaux Cave, 17,000 years ago
Late Stone Age

13,000 year old footprints, Canada's West Coast

Gobekli Tepe 11,500 to 8,000 years ago

Domesticated Dogs, 13,000 BC

Domesticated Plants, 11,050 BC

Domesticated Food Animals, 10,000 BC

Rise of Egypt, 5600 years ago

Bronze Age, Writing 3300 BC

Writing invented, Sumer, 5400 years ago

Otzi the Iceman, 5400 to 5100 years ago

Stonehenge Physical Monument, 5100 years ago.

Iron Age, 1200 BC





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