Sphinx carbon dating
Moat theories are not compatible with the actual evidence of Giza (see sidebar on page 70).
For many years, the Great Sphinx seemed to be an island in a different sense.
Perhaps this was a meeting place, a site where different clans and tribes gathered to celebrate.
Did each of the approximately two dozen stone circles belong to a different tribe?
Robert Schoch, had looked at the evidence of water weathering on the Sphinx and its surroundings and produced a powerful geological case that the monument must be, at a minimum, 7,000 years old, and is probably much older.
Some suggest that the T-shaped pillars represent stylized human figures.
The general consensus, not to say it is correct, is that Göbekli Tepe was a religious site, a very ancient temple, a holy and sacred spot, a series of shrines, a pilgrimage site.
For Atlantis Rising, committed to the idea that the roots of civilization go much deeper than is generally supposed, and that our forgotten ancient forebears possessed wisdom and knowledge beyond anything experienced since, the water erosion evidence at the Sphinx seemed some of the most important in recent memory.
In the years since, Schoch and West have produced much more evidence from Egypt to support their arguments, but mainstream archaeology has persisted that no civilization capable of building the Sphinx was operating 7,000 years ago, let alone 12,000 years ago. First, there are new developments beyond Egypt, including a very ancient site in Turkey known as Göbekli Tepe.