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Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden

Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Collins , Graham Hancock
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An exploration of the megalithic complex at Göbekli Tepe, who built it, and how it gave rise to legends regarding the foundations of civilization

• Details the layout, architecture, and exquisite carvings at Göbekli Tepe

• Explores how it was built as a reaction to a global cataclysm

• Explains that it was the Watchers of the Book of Enoch and the Anunnaki gods of Sumerian tradition who created it

• Reveals the location of the remains of the Garden of Eden in the same region

Built at the end of the last ice age, the mysterious stone temple complex of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey is one of the greatest challenges to 21st century archaeology. As much as 7,000 years older than the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge, its strange buildings and rings of T-shaped monoliths--built with stones weighing from 10 to 15 tons--show a level of sophistication and artistic achievement unmatched until the rise of the great civilizations of the ancient world, Sumer, Egypt, and Babylon.

Chronicling his travels to Göbekli Tepe and surrounding sites, Andrew Collins details the layout, architecture, and exquisite relief carvings of ice age animals and human forms found at this 12,000-year-old megalithic complex, now recognized as the oldest stone architecture in the world. He explores how it was built as a reaction to a global cataclysm--the Great Flood in the Bible--and explains how it served as a gateway and map to the sky-world, the place of first creation, reached via a bright star in the constellation of Cygnus. He reveals those behind its construction as the Watchers of the Book of Enoch and the Anunnaki gods of Sumerian tradition.

Unveiling Göbekli Tepe’s foundational role in the rise of civilization, Collins shows how it is connected to humanity’s creation in the Garden of Eden and the secrets Adam passed to his son Seth, the founder of an angelic race called the Sethites. In his search for Adam’s legendary Cave of Treasures, the author discovers the Garden of Eden and the remains of the Tree of Life--in the same sacred region where Göbekli Tepe is being uncovered today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What were the ancients up to? 22 May 2014
This is not a book only about the archaeology of Gobekli Tepe. It is a quest to understand the site in the context of its rather special situation in time and space. It was built in the time following the cataclysmic environmental upheavals of the Younger Dryas period 11 to 12 thousand years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age. It is also found in that part of the world where agriculture, metal-working and civilisation began. Collins takes the reader on a wide-ranging exploration of archaeology, anthropology, mythology and folklore. His style, as ever, is very readable. While approximately the first half of the book is in a third-person style, the second half switches to first-person as he takes us through the journey of research and discovery, including his own quite personal search for a lost monastery in the fabled land of Eden itself.

It's an excellent read, by turns informative, thought-provoking, and full of wonder.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 29 Jun 2014
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I bought this book as a result of a coincidence: having been talking to a friend about Gobekli Tepe when I returned home I went to look up an unconnected book on Amazon and the first thing that came up was this one. I was so stunned I thought someone must be trying to tell me something so I bought it!

I am not disappointed. Apart from looking at the material context and nature of the ancient stone circles (the archaeology) Collins attempts to identify the people who built them (anthropology) and understand their motivation (mythology). This is a much more difficult task which leads Collins on a wide ranging cultural tour of detection for possible links. However he doesn't lose the thread, always managing to relate the discussion to Gobekli,Tepe in a style which is clear and precise. In some ways his book recalled to mind the brilliantly intuitive study of the palaeolithic cave paintings by David Lewis-Williams, `The Mind in the Cave'.

In the end his thesis - that Gobekli Tepe was inspired by a group of shamans trading on fears of a cosmic disaster which persuaded people to change their ways - is unpersuasive simply because it is too narrowly based. The fact is that what was happening here was part of much wider change that was going on across the whole of the Levant, from Jordan (Wadi Fayan - which predates Gobekli Tepe) to Syria (Tell Abr) involving significant construction - Collins mentions the tower and walls of Jericho. What all these sites have in common is that they seem to have been built to accommodate ceremonial and ritual practices reflecting a widespread change or development in social organisation. But why?

In the end, despite the speculation and supposition, it is a time so distant that we can really know very little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 21 May 2014
I was very impressed by the wide ranging and solid in-depth reseach covering this difficult and emotive subject of the evolution of modern humanity. Very interesting facts and pertinent questions are raised - this publication should be a standard textbook for anthropologists, archaeologists and historians. Universities should take note. It deserves to be taken seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and neatly expressed 19 May 2014
By Kevin
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Like others, I am interested in the archaeology but it will take many years for it to be properly available for lay persons to comprehend. I was a little disappointed to be led into the realms of speculation, but it is obvious that the earliest forms of religion will have involved the solar system and the cycle of life so I decided to read on. I am glad that I did as the author is not dogmatic and is restrained in his obvious enthusiasm. All in all, the author encourages one to give serious thought to the symbolism of the art and this is invaluable. Other authors will concentrate upon the basic archaeology and, in due course, upon the technical aspects of the art and the mechanics of the site, but Collins has outlined a vision of the human dynamics which is challenging and encouraging. Not what I expected when I preordered but an excellent, thoughtful and very readable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gobekli Rocks ! 1 Jun 2014
By Sesh
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The author takes us on a long journey into the past to examine in detail the construction and structure of Gobekli Tepe, possible reasons for it and what peoples were involved. To do so, he draws on an extensive knowledge of ancient astronomy, astrology, archaeology, geography, geology, as well as universal religious beliefs, legend and myth.
Andrew Collins reveals his theories by using a wealth of diverse information from both numerous early and more recent sources, painting a fascinating picture of a Garden of Eden, its inhabitants and their legacy to the world.
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