Israeli Researchers Claim Hidden Geometry and Secret Symbolism at Göbekli Tepe
Before we begin today, it’s worth noting that the Pentagon officially published the Navy’s UFO videos first released by Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science and the New York Times in December 2017. The news media freaked out about this again, either not realizing that these were the same videos or desperate for something other than COVID-19 to discuss. Most media outlets treated the videos as evidence of alien spacecraft, though there is, of course, no evidence that the objects seen in the videos are vehicles of any kind, let alone from the depths of space.
Now, on to the main event, the newest odd claim about Göbekli Tepe.
Israeli researcher Gil Haklay and his Ph.D. advisor Avi Gopher from Tel Aviv University proposed that three circular enclosures at Göbekli Tepe had to have been planned and constructed at the same time because they form an equilateral triangle, which in turn had important social symbolic functions. Previously, most assumed that the temples were built in succession and buried as a new one was built.
The triangle being one of the simplest geometric shapes, I’m not sure that this is entirely true, or that it is quite so amazing as the original journal article implies. According to a map in the article, the claim derives from plotting presumed center points for the irregular circles and then connecting the dots to make a triangle. The authors argue that it is statistically unlikely that the center points could form an equilateral triangle by coincidence.
As we might imagine, you could equally well make the same shape years or centuries apart by using the center of the mound made from covering up the old temples, so the conclusion doesn’t necessarily follow from the evidence. The original authors used an algorithm to determine the mathematically most likely center point, but the irregular shape of the enclosures, which were remodeled several times, makes it rather unlikely that the people who erected them would have identified that exact spot, accurate to a centimeter, or found it again when they went to build the next circle. There is also the obvious question of why they would make an equilateral triangle accurate to a few centimeters but not bother to make the enclosures truly circular (in theory, easier than making a triangle), etc.
The authors derive from their analysis the conclusion that the site is a stone representation of social hierarchy, based on the idea that a triangle can be interpreted as a pyramid, so its base represents nature and the apex represents humans in control of the environment. Their warrant for this is that the two central pillars of Enclosure D sit on either side of the apex of the pyramid and thus, as anthropomorphic statues, symbolize humans on top.
There is, of course, no indication that ancient people conceived of living beings as existing in a hierarchical pyramid, or that they symbolized three-dimensional symbolic pyramids with two-dimensional triangles.
The original piece was published in January, but it became news this week with articles in Ancient Origins and Haaretz. The Ancient Origins piece sees Ashley Cowie actually recognize the same problem that I had with the original article. So, credit where it is due:
What if the earliest builders erected a stand-alone circle then a later culture built another one, randomly positioned, beside the first with no geometric correlation. Then a third set of builders, perhaps 2000 years later, decided to build their circle equidistant from the previously unrelated first two circles, resulting in an equilateral triangle by independent, although connected design thinking, or even dare we say, by chance?
It doesn’t even have to be purposeful—it is also the most efficient use of space when placing circles in close proximity to one another. Try packing circles close together—you will end up with offset circles whose midpoints make an equilateral triangle even without your intentional action.
But before we go too far in giving Cowie credit for understanding a key problem, remember that he also published a piece the same day about Netflix historical dramas that included this godawful paragraph:
Even if school’s history class was a bit of a drudge, historical movies and television series delivered the same old stories with much more passion and intrigue than tweed wearing professors. Television series and films are not only massively entertaining, but they can often inspire profound discussions about the story threads. These fascinating tales of past times offer insights into old world societies and sometimes warn future man as to what his world could be like if he repeats the same mistakes; “history repeats itself.” Netflix has become the ‘goto’ online portal for historical movies and television series and the network has now realized there exists an insatiable thirst for historical shows, fact and fiction. Sometimes a history lesson is necessary to fill in the background to these series and movies.
It's like a freshman’s book report put together in a single night with maximum verbiage to fill the greatest number of pages in the least time.
4/29/2020 09:11:40 am
It's the stars man! It's all about constellations!
Jr. Time Lord
4/30/2020 07:17:55 am
11/6/2022 12:27:46 pm
Nah, it's probably some hierarchical structure. Where certain groups of the priesthood would sit.
4/29/2020 09:25:46 am
I read the New York Times article - it did nothing but repeat the words of To The Stars members. There was no reference to the fact the videos have already been discussed and dismissed, gave scant text to the fact that they prove nothing, and basically gave not one word that was skeptical or conveyed the views of skeptics.
4/29/2020 11:05:19 am
All over the internet Graham Hancock fans are scrambling to post links the article under the heading: "We are a species with amnesia."
4/29/2020 06:34:46 pm
Hi Doc -
4/29/2020 11:53:28 am
Even he admits the legs forming from his presumed center point are off by about 9.5 inches from forming an equilateral triangle. Not saying these zoomorph creators didn't have intentionality, but when we have fudge in order to sensationalize then it's really not that spectacular.
4/29/2020 12:20:57 pm
HI Jason -
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
4/29/2020 07:12:33 pm
I'm sure Joe Scales would just love that. </sarcasm>
4/29/2020 08:59:29 pm
There ARE days when Fox News leaves me aghast but so does CNN. For instance, FOX’s Gutfield had a brilliant spot about the Legal Pandemonium resulting from Coronavirus and a genuine need for reform of liability. He proposed a lift on lockdown for everyone but lawyers and after listening to him cite the various businesses that have been sued since March of 2020, he’s arguably in his right mind. But frankly, he and Waters together made a point that matters about litigation. While he did exactly what you’ve done and what I’ve done myself at different times: argued for an ideal by way of the decentered subject. Pitching Left vs Right never works. Stick to the building of the premise if reasonableness is the aim.
4/30/2020 01:04:19 pm
Hi AMHC -
4/30/2020 10:14:20 pm
I share your concern. That COVID-19 has become framed an economic problem, or worse yet a political dividing line is not a good omen.
5/6/2020 08:43:50 pm
People Tend to See what they Expect or Need to Hear!!
An Anonymous Nerd
4/29/2020 12:47:59 pm
Hey Mr. Colavito......Did the original journal article actually say what's being attributed to it? I'd like to think that the authors at minimum were aware of the fact that "this was done at the same time and on purpose" was, shall we say, one of several possible explanations. AND one that would require additional proof or, at least, the lack of other explanations.
4/29/2020 01:08:08 pm
You can also draw a circle or square of rhombus around these so those must also be sacred shapes. Is anything not a sacred shape?
5/3/2020 02:34:38 pm
It is like the fringe obsession with alignments. If you have lots of moving dots in the sky you will find alignments with them to any structure you can build on land. Finding that three dots kinda matches up into a triangle is well rather pedestrian.
5/3/2020 07:22:38 pm
What I find interesting is the constellation of Orion houses a very near 1-2-root3 triangle (30-60-90); glaringly obvious once noticed. Despite the stars being light years away from one another in the "z" dimension (taken as vertically away from earth, here) when Saiph, Rigel and Bellatrix are mapped on a flat surface the segments and angles are within 1% as much as I can reckon.
Jr. Time Lord
5/4/2020 08:35:59 am
5/6/2020 03:34:58 pm
Jr. Time Lord
5/8/2020 10:44:12 pm
Keebler Elf's Narcissistic Tirade,
4/29/2020 05:19:56 pm
Re: the released DOD pictures, The Guardian had a good article about them, yesterday and I found the following on Wired today. I submit the link and suggest that the reader draw their own conclusions as to whether or not it's a puff piece for "The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences" or the writer had his tongue firmly planted in a cheek. I reserve judgement...
4/30/2020 03:34:17 am
As I understand it the images are artifacts from a relatively new IR system, so the pilots didn't see them and indeed couldn't see them, they saw them on TV. No craft, video artifacts.
4/29/2020 05:29:15 pm
“its remarkable [adjective] early [adjective] Neolithic [adjective] megalithic [adjective] architecture, unprecedented [adjective] in its monumentality, complexity and symbolic [adjective] content”.
4/29/2020 09:38:31 pm
The other day, cleaning dog doo in the yard, I noticed that if I drew a straight line through three piles of doo, lo and behold, an exact equilateral triangle was formed with one apex pointing to the point of sunrise of the winter solstice. I immediately knelt down to worship the sun but, alas, I knelt in a pile of doo, ruined the triangle and ruined a pair of pants in the process. But when I looked down, the squished doo looked like a hooked x. Coincidence?
5/3/2020 12:35:39 pm
Several years ago the Israeli govt asked me to fly to Russia for a clandestine meeting with someone who worked at the Hermitage museum. Afraid that the KGB would somehow get wind of the meeting, we met in a park, and the individual opened a folder showing the pyramids in Egypt. He superimposed a star of David, over the map, playing around with it so that the points of the star more or less corresponded with the geographical data. Here and there something was missing, thus it lay beneath the sands of time. The man was hoping that as I'm an archaeologist that we would get a permit to excavate in Egypt to find those pyramids. I tried to explain to him that this is not how arch. works and called it a day.
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