Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey is considered to be the oldest megalithic monument known in human history. It is 6,500 years older than Stonehenge and 7000 years older than the oldest of the Pyramids. The site is over 12,000 years old, built-in around 10,000 BC, and has always baffled scientists regarding the purpose of its construction.
According to archaeo-astronomer Giulio Magli, the monument could have been built as an observatory and as a place of worship for the star Sirius. However, recently, the mayor of the Turkish city wherein Gobekli Tepe is located offered a fantastic theory for the ancient archaeological site’s origins: aliens.
On April 26, 2022, the eyebrow-raising assessment reportedly occurred as Mayor Zeynel Abidin Beyazgül, who presides over the community of Urfa, was speaking to Turkish media outlet Milliyet.
In discussing the 12,000-year-old complex, the mayor mused that “every person who sees Gobekli Tepe, scientist or normal person, states that there is a mystery and secrets here. But they can’t find it.” Beyazgül then boldly declared that “I will tell you about these mysteries and secrets,” which he apparently believes center around an extraterrestrial hypothesis.
“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 argued. If one thinks that Beyazgül was merely waxing poetic, he pointed out a number of elements about the site which informed that thinking.
Specifically, the mayor noted that the mentioned sculptures show people who are wearing attire that appears to be out of place for the era in which the complex was built. “People of the time wore pelts, but here, we see V-shaped motives,” he noted, wondering “if the first humans wore pelts, who are these people?”
Beyazgül further stated, [Translation], “It means that the first human was not a human wearing animal fur as we think. Or something else. Balıklıgöl statue (Urfa Man) is 12,000 years old. It is considered human. But when we look at the neck part, it goes down the same as the face and the waist part and the neck part are the same thickness. It comes to mind that he may not be human.
For example, we see that his arms are much longer. While the normal person’s arm is on the navel, it joins lower. If our first human is the human clad in furs, who is it? Where did this come from? Also, similar to this V-neck are found in sculptures in Syria and Egypt. The eyes are also made of the same material. However, the sculptures we see there are not human sculptures. It’s like they came from a different place. So it brings to mind aliens. There is no such being in the world.”
Additionally, Beyazgül pointed out the peculiar depiction of handbags in some of the artwork at Gobekli Tepe and observed that “those bags are akin to the modern purses of today. If we think that those purses were made by the men of the time, we would be wrong. The probability of another living creature making that purse is more likely.”
Beyond the artwork at the site, the mayor also expressed skepticism that the massive stones used to construct the complex could have been moved by humans and, instead, asked: “Did beings from outer space come and do this?”
German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, the site’s original excavator, described Göbekli Tepe as the “world’s first temple.”
In 2017, a team of scientists from The University of Edinburgh found an ancient stone tablet that confirmed that the comet struck Earth 13,000 years ago and destroyed the Paleolithic settlement in Syria. The ancient stone tablet was found at the Göbekli Tepe Temple.
Many researchers believe that this catastrophe coincides with the emergence of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilizations. They were aware of the ice age that occurred at that time, but the reasons for this phenomenon remained unclear until this discovery.
Moreover, scientists from the German Archaeological Institute recovered the fragments of human skulls at the excavation of the Göbekli Tepe in 2017. They believed that these fragments were the evidence of a new form of Neolithic skull cult.
While the theory that extraterrestrials may have had a hand in Gobekli Tepe is not a particularly new idea to ancient alien enthusiasts, the fact that Beyazgül seemingly endorsed the concept is rather remarkable. That said, unless some Earth-shattering artifact is unearthed at the site someday, the possibility that extraterrestrials had a hand in building the complex is likely to remain a matter of conjecture, despite the mayor’s tantalizing assertions.