On the territory of the ancient temple complex of Gebekli-Tepe are columns decorated with patterns, the mystery of which has long puzzled scientists. Especially researchers were interested in the so-called “stone-neck”: it depicts a decapitated man surrounded by the symbols of death, a vulture, and a scorpion.

Some time ago it was believed that the column shows one of the funeral rituals of that time. It was in this area that people did not bury the dead – they were severed their head (it was dried and left as a cult object), and the body was given to the vultures.

But now scientists at the University of Edinburgh have suggested that the column narrates the ancient global catastrophe. Approximately 14 thousand years ago, the Earth came under the influence of Alfredia warming. Two thousand years later, in the period of the late Dryas, the same rapid cooling began. Most likely, a sharp change in climate occurred due to the fall of a huge meteorite.

Researchers from Scotland compared the images on the “rock-neck” and other columns of Gebekli-Tepe with the heavenly constellations. It turned out that the ancient temple was a kind of observatory, and the “stone-vulture” itself depicted not a funeral ritual, but a meteorite fall and chaos that occurred after it.