The Vulture Stone
An ancient stone carving appears to describe a comet impact nearly 13,000 years ago. The relief carving which appears on the T shaped pillar number 43 (The Vulture Stone) depicts a bird with outstretched wings, two smaller birds, a scorpion, a snake, and a circle. The scientists have found compelling evidence that the Vulture Stone is a date stamp for 10950BC ± 250 years, which corresponds closely to the Younger Dryas event which is estimated at 10890BC. They also propose that Gobekli Tepe was used to observe meteor showers and comets.
The idea that Pillar 43 has astronomical significance is not new. The theory was first proposed by author Graham Hancock in his most recent book Magicians of the Gods. Using the the work of Paul Burley he suggests that the circle in the center of Pillar 43 represents the Sun, and that the animals in the scene represent constellations such as Scorpio and Sagittarius. Hancock and Burley also concluded that the Pillar is a time stamp pointing to the date 10,950 BC but they did not dismiss the date of 2,000AD which is coincidentally our time! Hancock suggests that the builders of Gobekli Tepe were pointing to a disaster that occurred in their time, as well as warning of an impending disaster in our time.
If Hancock is correct, not only did the megalithic stone builders understand the Earth was round, they understood extremely complex ideas such as the position of the Sun and Earth relative to the constellations and even the Earth’s precession cycles.
Hancock asserts that the builders of Gobekli Tepe were much more than hunter gatherers and that they might have been the recipients of knowledge passed down from a lost civilization, and that the comet came from the Taurid meteor stream which the Earth passes twice per year. Usually the crossing is relatively harmless but on certain occasions the Earth passes through heart of the stream which may contain comets that are 30 miles in diameter. Hancock’s work has led him to propose that the Earth crossed the heart of the Taurid meteor stream approximately 13,000 years ago and that it will cross it again at approximately the year 2030.
If all is correct, the human species may be facing an extinction level event in the next 15-30 years. Hancock does not feel this is a death warrant as we have the technology in place to avoid such a cataclysm. Hancock suggests that we need to be hyper vigilant, and listen to the message sent by the ancients nearly 13,000 years ago. That message, can be paraphrased essentially as, “We were hit by a comet that caused a cataclysm, it will come again and this is when. Protect yourself”. Listening to the Magicians of the Gods may be the key saving humanity and preventing a terrible cataclysm.