Nice mystery here!
I have been contacted by independent researcher MADELEINE DAINES who has has been working through the contents of the Cuneiform Digital Library where she has found a fragment of a Sumerian tablet dating to 3500 BC and bearing a deeply puzzling image. The tablet, which can be seen in the accompanying illustration, appears to show one or more oval enclosures of the GOBEKLI TEPE type complete with characteristic T-shaped megalithic pillars.
Gobekli Tepe itself was founded around 9600 BC and deliberately buried about a thousand years later after which it remained completely unknown and untouched by later cultures until the excavations of the German Archaeological Institute began in the second half of the 1990’s. We already know that Gobekli Tepe was not alone (for example the so far largely unexcavated site of Karahan Tepe, discussed in my new book Magicians of the Gods). But perhaps this rare image found by Madeleine Daines in the Cuneiform Digital Library obliges us to consider something more — namely that other sites of the Gobekli Tepe type remained in operation and were still revered by the Sumerians thousands of years after Gobekli Tepe itself had been “decommissioned”.
In Magicians of the Gods I have already explored the possibility that many of the great civilizations of historical antiquity, including the civilizations of Sumer and ancient Egypt, inherited a legacy of knowledge and tradition from the founders of Gobekli Tepe who I believe to have been the survivors of a lost civilization destroyed in the Younger Dryas earth changes of 10,800 to 9,600 BC. If Madeleine Daines’ discovery is what it appears to be then it may provide direct evidence of the transmission of the knowledge and traditions of Gobekli Tepe into Sumerian times.
More on Magicians of the Gods here: http://grahamhancock.com/magicians/
You can see the tablet Madeleine Daines found at the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative through this link: http://bit.ly/1XjfBIU. It was excavated at Susa (now Shush in modern Iran) and dates to the Uruk V period, 3500-3250 BC). As noted it is a fragment of what was originally a much larger tablet.
Madeleine is in the process of writing an article for my website about this discovery and in due course will publish a book. Her main motivation, she tells me, is “to get the truth out there… We have been led up the garden path on more than one level.”