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I believe the site was mentioned in the BBC's History of Art series as one of the earliest roughly dated examples of pictographic representation. IIRC, the art was presented as co-occuring with early social/professional specialization resulting from dietary plenty derived from similarly early evidence of organized, settled agriculture.



No, the very significant part of this discovery is that the massive co-ordinated efforts to raise the stones and build the 'temple' appears, from the wild game bones that have been found in great quantities at the site and the later early agricultural settlements found nearby, to have both pre-dated agriculture and possibly have contributed to the invention of agriculture.

This theory, which is the inversion of the conventional theory that the invention of agriculture led to complex society as you describe, is covered in a 2008 Smithsonian article [1] and the Interpretation section [2] of the submitted wikipedia article.

[1] http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gobekli-tepe-the-world...

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe#Interpretatio...


I read that also, but IIRC that's not how the BBC presented it. Either way, we know that both early pictographic art and settled agriculture happened around the same time and around that area of Turkey. Which one came first is unlikely to establish a purely causative relationship anyway, so while more information is always interesting, worrying about the ordering is basically hair-splitting.




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