It's not every day that archaeologists discover remnants of an unknown civilization, but that is exactly what is being uncovered at Gobekli Tepe, Turkey. The structures and artifacts have been dated to be about 12,000 years old! That's older than the great Egyptian pyramids, Sumeria -- even Stonehenge.
Unearthed so far are 10-ton T-shaped columns in a ring, an artificially constructed hill (the interior of which remains a mystery), carvings of mysterious animals, exquisitely carved columns that look like modern art, the hauntingly enigmatic Urfa Man (pictured), and more.
Since 1994, only about 5 percent of the site has been excavated, so who knows what treasures and wonders are buried there. Why is this all so astonishing? Because it pre-dates Mesopotamia , the so-called "cradle of civilization," by thousands of years. This site re-writes history. See Linda Moulton Howe's 3-part article and photos at Earthfiles.com.