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Part 1: Mysterious 12,000-Year-Old Gobekli Tepe

“What was so important to these early people that they gathered to build (and bury) the stone rings? The gulf that separates us from Gobekli Tepe's builders is almost unimaginable.” - Smithsonian Reporter Andrew Curry [caption id=

Gobekli Tepe, Turkey  8,000 year old site recently unearthed.

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Plain of Jars The Plain of is a megalithic archaeological landscape in Laos. Scattered in the landscape of the Xieng Khouang plateau, Xieng Khouang, Lao PDR, are thousands of megalithic jars. These stone jars appear in clusters, ranging from a single or a few to several hundred jars at lower

Chauvet, engraving of an owl.  The paintings there are the oldest known, carbon-dated to approximately 33,000 years ago, almost twice the age of the Lascaux cave paintings.­­­ The dates have been a matter of dispute but a study published in 2012 supports placing the art in the Aurignacian period, approximately 30,000-32,000 BP

Chauvet Cave, the 2nd oldest known cave art in Europe

The oldest known cave art in Europe is the Chauvet Cave in France.

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Göbekli Tepe. In southern Turkey, stand three megalithic stone circles several thousand years older than the “first” stone circle built at Stonehenge. Strangely, these ancient circles were built by a hunter-gatherer society.  The three stone circles at Göbekli Tepe were deliberately buried for reasons unknown. Some people believe that Göbekli Tepe and the surrounding region were the historical basis behind the biblical Garden of Eden.

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Altamira Cave Paintings. Upper Paleolithic paintings of animals such as wisent (European bison) and horses cover the low cave ceiling. It was discovered, by modern man at least, in 1880 and was the first example of prehistoric art ever discovered. It changed the views on our ancestors dramatically.

Altamira Cave Paintings. Upper Paleolithic paintings of animals such as wisent (European bison) and horses cover the low cave ceiling. It was discovered, by modern man at least, in 1880 and was the first example of prehistoric art ever discovered. It changed the views on our ancestors dramatically.

Lascaux.  As the art critic John Berger once said of these painters, they appear to have had "grace from the start."  Picasso was even more awestruck. "We have invented nothing," he remarked, after a visit to Lascaux in 1940 to inspect the handiwork of his Stone Age predecessors.

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Lascaux. As the art critic John Berger once said of these painters, they appear to have had "grace from the start." Picasso was even more awestruck. "We have invented nothing," he remarked, after a visit to Lascaux in 1940 to inspect the handiwork of his Stone Age predecessors.

Silver vessel in the form of a horse's head, Achaemenid, ca. 5th century B.C., Iran.

Vessel in the form of a horse's head | Achaemenid | Achaemenid | The Met

Said to be found in Mazanderan, Iran (A. Pope, "Ancient Persian Art: Animal sculpture in gold and electron", ILN, March 2, 1935, p. I, lower figure); probably between 1930 and 1935, acquired by Thomas Lavington Jacks, Tehran; 1938, purchased by Joseph Brummer from Thomas Lavington Jacks, London; 1947, acquired by the Museum, purchased from the estate of Joseph Brummer, New York

Chauvet Caves. A string of three chambers, 1,700 feet long, as well as one connecting gallery and three vestibules, are all covered with masterworks breathtaking in their use of perspective (as in overlapping mammoths) and shading, techniques that were supposedly not invented until millennia later. One animal, probably a bison, is composed of nothing but red dots.

Chauvet Caves. A string of three chambers, 1,700 feet long, as well as one connecting gallery and three vestibules, are all covered with masterworks breathtaking in their use of perspective (as in overlapping mammoths) and shading, techniques that were supposedly not invented until millennia later. One animal, probably a bison, is composed of nothing but red dots.

Turkey, Gobekli Tepe. Lion pillar, 9th millennium bc.

Turkey, Gobekli Tepe. Lion pillar, 9th millennium bc.

Gobekli-Tepe, Turkey - the oldest man-made structure yet discovered. The site is composed of twenty circular structures spread over a hilltop. What remains today are large limestone pillars decorated with abstract designs of carved animals. So far depictions of snakes, scorpions, birds, boars, foxes and lions have been uncovered. The pillars have been traced to a nearby quarry where unfinished ones can still be seen.

Top 10 Ancient Religious Sites - Listverse

Whether you are religious or not; it must be accepted that religion has been with us for a very long time. Some of the most monumental structures ever made have had religious functions. Even today it is possible to be moved by the ruins of at these sites even though the people who made them, and sometimes the gods they were raised to, have disappeared. Here I present ten of the most important ancient religious sites. Pop in the comments any you think I should have included.