Explorer: Cradle of the Gods

Academics have long believed that this dramatic change of evolutionary pace is the result of discovering how to domesticate plants and animals. Farming allowed us to settle down, which in turn gave us time to think, to create and to invent. That led to the first civilizations and eventually to who we are today.

Now, an incredible discovery made in Turkey demolishes this theory.

German archaeologist, Professor Klaus Schmidt, has unearthed the ruins of a 12,000 year old temple. It boasts 18 feet pillars, weighing up to 20 tons and embellished with intricate base reliefs of wild animals. Archaeologist Dr. Jeff Rose investigates a recently discovered 12,000 year old temple that could be the catalyst that made us who we are today.

Toward the end of the Ice Age, humans began to settle into communities long before they discovered agriculture. But in order to maintain these hunter-gatherers from killing one another, a moral code was needed with a common purpose. So these humans build what we know today to be the Gobekli Tepe Temple.

This temple allowed the humans a location to dedicate to death rites and even the expression of their ideas about this world and the next. It was a forum where communities could meet, converse and share their knowledge and experience. It is believed that the domestication of plants and animals was a giant rise to agriculture and once humans became farmers… our world changed forever.

Dr. Rose’s realization that the headless man of Gobekli Tepe could represent an early concept of resurrection, uniting people in a common cause or belief to bring back a deceased person or deity. This is reflected in many modern day religions.

Could it be that religion motivated and propelled us from the stone age into the evolutionary fast lane? Don’t miss Explorer: Cradle of the Gods Sunday at 7P and find out what Dr. Rose is able to uncover at the Temple of Gobekli Tepe.