The mayor of the town where the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe is located claimed that the temple complex's stylized carvings of human figures are so unusual that they may depict space aliens, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. Zeynel Abidin Beyazgül, the mayor of Şanlıurfa, said that the clothing worn by the T-shaped carvings resembled outfits he associated with space creatures.
“The statues in Göbeklitepe depict something other than humans. They seem to be coming from somewhere else. They remind me of aliens,” Zeynel Abidin Beyazgül told daily Milliyet on April 25.
The English is a bit awkward, but the mayor argued from old TV depictions of cave men that early people wore animal pelts like the Flintstones, so the very idea that the people of Göbekli Tepe wore clothing is impossible. The earliest woven textiles date back 36,000 years, nearly more than 20,000 years before Göbekli Tepe.
The mayor went on to repeat a common talking point from the Ancient Aliens TV show and fringe literature like the work of Graham Hancock, that the bags carried by the stylized beings are the same as purses seen on ancient statues worldwide and therefore are the work of space aliens or a lost civilization. Bags are, of course, a fairly obvious method of carrying objects from one place to another, so naturally only extraterrestrials or Atlanteans were genius enough to conceive of them.
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