Temple Trauma: Tepe Telegram sneers at Sweatman and Tsikritsis; ignores probabilities; S&T respond



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  • ron quitoriano

    Thank you for posting that.
    I had many of the same reservations as the authors.
    One sticking point is the dating, by the time GT was built any memory if the YD events would have become mythical/legendary events within the oral histories of the local people, so far removed from the actual event in time, that calling it a smoking gun is somewhat of a stretch.
    But, that is not to say that some of the imagery does not have its genesis in an eyewitness account of the events.
    I disagree with their assertion that, because the buildings had roofs they could not be observatories. Newgrange and other passage tombs through out western europe are clearly observatories, as is Okmulgee in Georgia and the observatories of the meso americans all had roofs.

  • ron quitoriano

    The wealth of symbolism at GT is going make it impossible to completely understand what it means, but we can look to how various traditions view these common motifs and apply that to the question.
    There was a paper recently published that discussed how s

  • Martin Sweatman

    Hi Ron, one thing we try to highlight is the fact that the earliest calibrated date given to GT by the archaeologists is determined from the mortar of the rough stone wall of enclosure D – around 9500 BC, which is close to the end of the YD period when global climate underwent another rapid change. Logically, this date need not be the date when GT was first constructed. It is entirely possible that many of the pillars were constructed much closer to the onset of the YD period, around 10,900 BC, and that the rough stone walls were constructed much later. I agree with you, GT can have ‘changed hands’, perhaps several times, over the course of several millennia – it is entirely possible that the later occupants did not know much or anything about what the pillars meant. And yes, a roof would not have made observations impossible, but it would have limited observations somewhat.