Göbekli Tepe is a site just north of the Syrian-Turkish border on a ridge overlooking a wide valley to the south.
It has been in the news a lot lately, prompting several people to write in and ask about our view.
For instance, Travis H., whose question is published below with a response from Lita Cosner and Dr. As there is so much that is uncertain about the find at present, these should be taken as preliminary comments which may change depending on how the story develops.
I was hoping you guys would be willing to put a response together.
[Link deleted per our feedback rules] First, we find it rather curious that this site is being used as if it’s something that should be a big challenge to creationists because of the date.
Our response to that is the same as the dates that put the earliest Egyptian pyramids before the biblical date for the Flood and those that claim dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago—.
In this case the dates are based on carbon dating, something we’ve written much about previously.
We would agree though that it’s probably one of the earliest big human monuments we have—a tentative dating would put it soon after the Flood.
The site’s location is about perfect for it to be the product of one of the early post-Flood or post-dispersion people groups to have built it.
To put things in perspective—archaeologists are claiming that, 12,000 years ago, people were capable of carving these huge monuments.
This is supposed to be long before any sort of written language, thousands of years before the Egyptian pyramids, and prior to the settlement of Sumer.
Out of nowhere, we have this ancient monument, and then humans supposedly put down their chisels and don’t build anything for thousands of years more—but when they do, we get Sumer and the Egyptian pyramids. The video you sent observes that the kinds of animals described vary from current biodiversity in the area, and therefore it might be evidence of many types of animals existing in the area that currently don’t live there. Post-flood, it would take a while for the animal populations to spread out to where we find them today, and we would expect many shifts in species composition as ecological changes occur and as interspecies competitions and associations ebb and flow.
Also, there is evidence that the land is now much drier than it was in historical times (many dry wells in plain to the south, for example).
In several places the archaeologists marvel that we have this huge stone monument with Other parts of the hill were littered with the greatest store of ancient flint tools Schmidt had ever seen—a Neolithic warehouse of knives, choppers, and projectile points.