The absolute oldest such site though, is Gobekli Tepe
, also from turkey, which dates to 9000 B.C.
11,500 years ago. I find that date fascinating because it corresponds to:
The Younger Dryas "Event"
of 10,900 BP (before present
The earliest civilization in the Americas,Norte Chico
, oldest radiocarbon (yet) dated to 11,220
Famously, Plato's assertion
of the destruction of Atlantis "9,000 years before the time of solon"
or approximately 11,610
The site itself is interesting for many reasons.
Genetic analysis has suggested that it was the area wheat was first cultivated.
When it was abandoned in 8,000, it was deliberately and extensively covered up, and has therefore been well preserved.
Also, from This Article
"Look at this", he says, pointing at a photo of an exquisitely carved sculpture showing an animal, half-human, half-lion. "It’s a sphinx,
thousands of years before Egypt. Southeastern Turkey, northern Syria - this region saw the wedding night of our civilization."
[edit on 19-1-2010 by CognitiveInfiltrator]