"One of the most important archaeological finds in a very long time" - Ian Hodder
- From: David <pchristainsen@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 07:39:19 -0700 (PDT)
Nicholas Birch in Istanbul
"'Everybody used to think only complex,
hierarchical civilisations could build such
monumental sites, and that they only
came about with the invention of agriculture',
said Ian Hodder, a Stanford University professor
of anthropology who has directed digs at
Catalhoyuk, Turkey's best known neolithic site,
since 1993. 'Gobekli changes everything.
It's elaborate, it's complex and it is
pre-agricultural. That alone makes the site
one of the most important archaeological finds
in a very long time.'"