Six miles from Urfa, in Turkey, German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt has made what some scientists believe is one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery. Schimdt first started digging here in 1994, but excavations are still on-going and archaeologists and historians are studying the results.
The megaliths predate Stonehenge by around 6,000 years and the Egyptian pyramids by around 7,000 years. In fact they may be the earliest artifacts from any known civilisation.
This place is called Gobekli Tepe, which means “potbelly hill” in Turkish. Klaus Schmidt is convinced that it is the site of the world’s oldest temple and even of the legendary “Garden of Eden”. Though not as large as Stonehenge, the ruins are astonishing in scale. Ground-penetrating radar indicates that another 15 to 20 such monumental ruins still lie under the surface.