Wed, Feb 22|
Gobekli Tepe: The Dawn of Faith with Zeynep Premdasi Yilmaz
Time & Location
Feb 22, 2023, 7:00 PM
About the event
Discovery of Gobekli Tepe, a 12,000-year-old archeological site in Southeast Turkey, has changed our understanding of evolution of civilization and our understanding of faith. Gobekli Tepe is an ancient sanctuary and cult center, predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years and pyramids by 7,000 years. When these large megaliths (20 ft high, weights 16 tons) were erected, humans still lived as hunter-gatherers. They did not yet discover the wheel, pottery or agriculture. Yet, they had faith, a ritual and a story to tell.
The presentation opens up a window into the Neolithic age, discuss this breakthrough discovery and significance of early faith in human evolution.
Our speaker, Zeynep Premdasi Yilmaz, is originally from Turkey but has been living in Cincinnati for 26 years. She has a BA in Political Science and International Relations and moved here with Procter and Gamble where she worked for 33 years until retiring last year. She is now attending a program at Anadolu University in Turkey for Cultural Heritage that includes Archeology, History, Religion and Mythology. She's a Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Reiki Master. When she visited Gobekli Tepe, she thought it's an important step in understanding our ancestors, as well as origins of faith and civilization. This is our common heritage and that's why she wants to share this information.