- Göbekli Tepe is dated to 10,000 BCE – that’s 6,000 years older than Stonehenge.
- The circular temples at Göbekli Tepe are as wide as 65 feet across with limestone pillars up to 16 feet tall.
- Göbekli Tepe was not just abandoned to decay into ruins – it was deliberately buried around 8,000 BCE.
- Göbekli Tepe was built with limestone columns quarried and carved entirely with stone tools in a time before even the oldest known pottery was made.
- To date, only 5% of Göbekli Tepe has been excavated. According to archaeologist Klaus Schidt, 50 years of digging would only be a start on uncovering the entire 22 acre site.
Chris Everheart is author of the YA thriller