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Over the next 1000 years, Layer II slowly materialized with the creation of new structures, retaining the traditional motif of the T-shaped pillar while trading out the circular open air installations for a rectangular, windowless design, speculated to make more efficient use of the space available on site.The continued presence of the T-shaped pillars lead archaeologists to believe that these new additions were used for the same purpose as their ancestors.The surviving structures of Göbekli Tepe precede the invention of writing, pottery, and the wheel.

The 6 structures that have been unearthed resemble the antiquated designs of Stonehenge, yet predate it by 7000 years.Engsis have somewhat different sizes, bear an essentially uniform design, vary in secondary and minor motifs, and reflect the properties (weave, yarn, color) alleged (the underpinning links are quite shaky) to characterize the anything but monolithic principal Turkmen confederations. That these groups employed a common pattern fits well with their 17th century co-location on the Mangishlak peninsula prior to having been pushed out by and scattered along the Amu Daria river to the northeast as well as along the base of the Elbruz mountains (Asgabad and beyond) to the southeast. In roughly 8000 BCE, Göbekli Tepe retired from its purpose as a ceremonial site, and was completely back-filled by the inhabitants of the region.All of the temples were deliberately buried under debris, stone tools, and animal bones.

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