Evidence suggests Pillar 43 at Gobekli Tepe depicts a comet impact 13,000 years ago, vindicating the work of author Graham Hancock

Pillar 43, The Vulture Stone

University experts decipher ancient stones message

An ancient stone carving appears to describe a comet impact nearly 13,000 years ago according to Martin Sweatman and Dimitrios Tsikritsis at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The relief carving which appears on the T shaped pillar number 43 (The Vulture Stone) depicts a bird with outstretched wings, two smaller birds, a scorpion, a snake, and a circle. By matching low-relief carving on some of the pillars at Gobekli Tepe to star asterisms,  Sweatman and Tsikritsis believe they have found compelling evidence that the Vulture Stone is a date stamp for 10950BC ± 250 years, which corresponds closely to the Younger Dryas event which is estimated at 10890BC. They also propose that Gobekli Tepe was used to observe meteor showers and comets.

The Youger Dryas is a geological period approximately 11,900 years ago where the Earth saw an abrupt rise in temperature. In some locations the temperature rose by as much as 10° C. At this time much of the earth, including most of North America, was covered with glaciers as much as 2 miles thick. The sudden increase in temperature melted the glaciers leading to a much higher ocean level. It is believed that many coastal living societies at the time would have been forced to retreat inland due to the rapidly rising waters. The trigger for the event is unknown, but some believe that it may have been caused by a comet impact on the North American ice-cap.

After a detailed analysis of the position of each of pillar 43’s pictograms ,  Sweatman and Tsikritsis propose that the pillar acts as a time stamp for one of four dates (2,000AD, 4,350BC, 10,950BC or 18,000BC all ±250 years). Radio carbon dating of the site dates the construction of Gobekli Tepe to approximately 13,000 years ago, therefore Sweatman and Tsikritsis conclude that the time stamp must point to 10,950BC. Sweatman and Tsikritsis also asserts that the symbolism shown on Pillar 43 proves that the builders of Gobekli Tepe witnessed the event that caused the end of the Younger Dryas, and that they even witnessesed the impact of a comet.

Idea first proposed by Author Graham Hancock

The idea that Pillar 43 has astronomical significance is not new. The theory was first proposed by author Graham Hancock in his most recent book Magicians of the Gods. Using the the work of Paul Burley he suggests that the circle in the center of Pillar 43 represents the Sun, and that the animals in the scene represent constellations such as Scorpio and Sagittarius. Hancock and Burley also concluded that the Pillar is a time stamp pointing to the date 10,950 BC but they did not dismiss the date of 2,000AD which is coincidentally our time! Hancock suggests that the builders of Gobekli Tepe were pointing to a disaster that occurred in their time, as well as warning of an impending disaster in our time.

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If Hancock is correct, not only did the megalithic stone builders understand the Earth was round, they understood extremely complex ideas such as the position of the Sun and Earth relative to the constellations and even the Earth’s precession cycles. The Earth wobbles like a toy top and a precession cycle is the 26,000 year period in which the Earth completes one “wobble” (See GIF inage below). This is an amazing understanding of the cosmos shown by society previously thought to be hunter gatherers. Hancock asserts that the builders of Gobekli Tepe were much more than hunter gatherers and that they might have been the recipients of knowledge passed down from a lost civilization.

Example of precession

Hancock’s evidence

Hancock presents a variety of evidence to support a Younger Dryas period comet impact on the North American ice-cap.  Blast proxies have been found across the world in geological sediments that contain glass spherules (nano diamonds) that are only created at very high temperatures (such as those found in massive explosions). The sediment layer that contains the glass spherules dates back to the Younger Dryas boundary layer. Although there are no craters caused by the comet impact, Hancock suggests there is evidence of large geological depressions across North America caused by the comet impact. In this scenario, the blast pressure caused by the comet impact on the ice-cap creates enough downward force that it creates a large bowl like depression in the Earth below.

Hancock also argues, using the work of Randall Carlson, that geological features such as the Scablands of eastern Washington state, could only have been caused by cataclysmic flooding. This flooding was the result of ice dams in the North American ice-cap breaking open and releasing an enormous amount of water onto the land.

Taurid meteor stream as possible comet source

Hancock asserts that the comet came from the Taurid meteor stream which the Earth passes twice per year. Usually the crossing is relatively harmless but on certain occasions the Earth passes through heart of the stream which may contain comets that are 30 miles in diameter. Hancock’s work has led him to propose that the Earth crossed the heart of the Taurid meteor stream approximately 13,000 years ago and that it will cross it again at approximately the year 2030.

If Hancock is correct, and the work of Sweatman and Tsikritsis suggests that he is, the human species may be facing an extinction level event in the next 15-30 years. Hancock does not feel this is a death warrant as we have the technology in place to avoid such a cataclysm. Hancock suggests that we need to be hyper vigilant, and listen to the message sent by the ancients nearly 13,000 years ago. That message, can be paraphrased essentially as, “We were hit by a comet that caused a cataclysm, it will come again and this is when. Protect yourself”. Listening to the Magicians of the Gods may be the key saving humanity and preventing a terrible cataclysm.

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9 Comments

    • The survivors were already in that region…..
      “At this time much of the earth, including most of North America, was covered with glaciers as much as 2 miles thick. The sudden increase in temperature melted the glaciers leading to a much higher ocean level. It is believed that many coastal living societies at the time would have been forced to retreat inland due to the rapidly rising waters. The trigger for the event is unknown, but some believe that it may have been caused by a comet impact on the North American ice-cap.”

    • You’re assuming the survivors were from North America. They could have been from anywhere on planet earth, including islands that would have been submerged when the sea levels rose hundreds of feet.

  1. Such an impact would have brought the end of many big game hunters like the Clovis culture in North America.The Barrens of Washington State would have resulted from the bursting of an ice age lake dam.

    • It’s one possibility. The energy from a comet or comet fragments striking 2-mile thick ice at 70,000 km/h is going to make a lot of water fairly quickly.

  2. their assessment and data related to pillar 43 still seems kinda shaky. it doesn’t really say how they gleaned the things they deduced. don’t get me wrong, i feel like eventually evidence will somewhat validate a claim supporting an ancient maritime civilization that had some sort of either ritualistic or religious that were passed down and led to understanding of astronomy, perhaps some pyramidal or architectural origins, dohlman, ancient writing, and the likes. very promising to see more open mindedness and collaboration between fields of research here…

    • Read Fingerprints of the Gods and then Magicians of the Gods. It’s all in there. Hancock devotes 30% of his books to watertight scientific references, so you can be sure he’s legit.

    • Read the book, they’re not going to go into the full explanation in a short article like this.

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