Thursday, October 19, 2006

11,000 Year Old Temple and Village Found in Syria

Archeologists have discovered an ancient temple, more like a mud hut than what pops into one's mind when they hear the word temple, and a village that date back to around 8,700 B.C.

The temple had ox skulls, masks, and evidence of mummification. The city was located near the Euphrates River in the Fertile Crescent.

The find is amazing for several reasons. Writing first appeared around 3,000 B.C., well after the discovery of a village with constructed permanent homes and buildings. The temple is a sign religion was well established before the most important revolution in human history. This signals humans and their relationship to the greater cosmos was thought about very early, if not since the beginning.

Category: Archaeology

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