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(MSNBC)   Two 3,000-year old life sized lions statues discovered in Turkey have archaeologists baffled as to what they were used for. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say "decoration"   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 55
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2012-07-27 11:05:07 AM
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I have the strangest craving for animal crackers.
 
2012-07-27 11:23:35 AM
Annoyed that they didn;t include a pciture of the other Lion statute, then just read the rest of TFA and got a massive hate on for my fellow man again...*sigh*
 
2012-07-27 11:27:21 AM
It was the entrance to a library

/duh
 
2012-07-27 11:29:24 AM
Could be a "herma", a roadside boundary or directional marker.
 
2012-07-27 11:35:50 AM
i253.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-27 11:36:52 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Could be a "herma", a roadside boundary or directional marker.


Or a couple dudes got bored and decided who could make a better lion carving.
 
2012-07-27 11:48:21 AM

Magorn: Annoyed that they didn;t include a pciture of the other Lion statute, then just read the rest of TFA and got a massive hate on for my fellow man again...*sigh*


Subby was GOING to say "hiding treasure", but he's a Bayesian...
 
2012-07-27 11:56:53 AM
Go see them now; they will be blown up by conservative muslim clerics in no more than five years.
 
2012-07-27 12:17:39 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: It was the entrance to a library

/duh


What a Library in Turkey looks like:

i221.photobucket.com

Ephesus Roman ruins
 
2012-07-27 12:53:14 PM
Unavailble for comment:

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/Now, time for the hotlink. Tiffany?
 
2012-07-27 01:45:28 PM
When will art historians learn that artists usually make art just because they can? Prolly some bored shepherd with a chisel.
 
2012-07-27 02:13:45 PM
I think that is proof that they had casino's myself.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-27 02:16:43 PM

unlikely: Go see them now; they will be blown up by conservative muslim clerics in no more than five years.



Considering that the Turks actively chase western dollars/euros not going to happen. On my trips to the country seemed more secular then the USA.
 
2012-07-27 02:18:47 PM
Someone blew the damn thing up to see if there was "treasure" inside? How the fark would you hide treasure inside a giant block of granite with no seams?

Anyway, the surviving lion looks pretty cool. The stonemason had a good feel for the stone and there's a nice power to the finished portions of the body.

Thanks for blowing up the other two, asshole farks in Turkey.
 
2012-07-27 02:24:08 PM
"I think it's highly likely that that monument was going to be associated with one of the very copious springs that are quite close"

Ok, now WTF was this about?

i.imgur.com

(Göbekli Tepe)
 
2012-07-27 02:24:44 PM
Land marks setup by the local government. No google maps back in the day.
 
2012-07-27 02:30:40 PM
They worship the penis statue, duh.

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2012-07-27 02:36:42 PM
yep, probably just decoration. archeologists seem to have a bad habit of taking anything they can't explain and try to slap a higher meaning to it. to wit, if you find some kind of phalic shaped object in some ancient structure, it doesn't necessarily have to of been some kind of religious relic of some penis cult... it might just be a dildo.
 
2012-07-27 02:37:15 PM
Decorations? Probably, but they've got to justify their grant money somehow.
 
2012-07-27 02:38:22 PM
Someone please post the pic of the hideously done stuffed lion. I haven't seen it in a while.
Fits this thread though.
 
2012-07-27 02:45:28 PM
Someone should start a rumour that there is hidden treasure inside Islam.
 
2012-07-27 02:46:22 PM

Cerebral Knievel: yep, probably just decoration. archeologists seem to have a bad habit of taking anything they can't explain and try to slap a higher meaning to it. to wit, if you find some kind of phalic shaped object in some ancient structure, it doesn't necessarily have to of been some kind of religious relic of some penis cult... it might just be a dildo.


Why not a tiger or bear, oh my?
 
2012-07-27 02:46:40 PM
The whistles go WOO WOOOOOO
 
2012-07-27 02:49:02 PM

Dorf11: "I think it's highly likely that that monument was going to be associated with one of the very copious springs that are quite close"

Ok, now WTF was this about?



(Göbekli Tepe)


When the world finally figure that place out and Turkey makes a national park out of it, I'm going to visit that it.
 
2012-07-27 02:50:09 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Could be a "herma", a roadside boundary or directional marker with a penis on it.


Edited for additional accuracy

/in case anyone wanted to GIS those things
 
2012-07-27 02:55:07 PM
Hey guys whats goin' on in this thread..

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2012-07-27 02:57:45 PM

Dorf11: "I think it's highly likely that that monument was going to be associated with one of the very copious springs that are quite close"

Ok, now WTF was this about?

[i.imgur.com image 306x516]

(Göbekli Tepe)


Something utterly farking amazing considering that was carved 11,000 years ago
 
2012-07-27 02:59:51 PM
One of the places I'd like to visit on the off-chance someone invents a time machine is Çatal Höyük. One of the first Neolithic cities, with a very interesting way of organizing the urban space.
 
2012-07-27 03:00:19 PM
www.mwctoys.com

Two lions, you say?
 
2012-07-27 03:03:09 PM

Fano: [www.mwctoys.com image 400x533]

Two lions, you say?


those are hell hounds. Canius purgatoris, and Albino Grace Jones.. get out of here with that noise.
 
2012-07-27 03:13:18 PM

Magorn: Something utterly farking amazing considering that was carved 11,000 years ago


Maybe.
 
2012-07-27 03:17:22 PM

Magorn: Something utterly farking amazing considering that was carved 11,000 years ago


Seriously. It pre-dates agriculture and the invention of the farking wheel. The place forces more questions than it provides answers.

cgraves67: When the world finally figure that place out and Turkey makes a national park out of it, I'm going to visit that it.


Last doc I saw (this one, I think), they're a long way from a complete excavation, though.

My other 'must go' place is, unfortunately, forever off-limits to the public - Chauvet cave.
 
2012-07-27 03:20:28 PM

Fano: [www.mwctoys.com image 400x533]

Two lions, you say?


Came here for this.
 
2012-07-27 03:23:00 PM
ecx.images-amazon.com

Stone mountain lions in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico,
 
2012-07-27 03:47:19 PM

dryknife: Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico,


upload.wikimedia.org
R.I.P. Bandolier
 
2012-07-27 03:55:22 PM
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2012-07-27 04:15:16 PM

Colour_out_of_Space: [img835.imageshack.us image 600x436]


snert
 
2012-07-27 04:44:51 PM
Crap, they'll never be able to form Voltron now.
 
2012-07-27 04:58:51 PM
That doesn't look like a lion statue to me. It looks like the figure of a lion carved in relief at the base of a stone object (like a column).
 
2012-07-27 05:47:19 PM
www.lostinthetext.com
 
2012-07-27 06:00:37 PM

Psylence: Hey guys whats goin' on in this thread..

[www.doobybrain.com image 640x752]


Thank you.
 
2012-07-27 06:08:27 PM

Colour_out_of_Space: [img835.imageshack.us image 600x436]


+1 interwebz
 
2012-07-27 06:23:24 PM

Psylence: Hey guys whats goin' on in this thread..

[www.doobybrain.com image 640x752]


You just gave me the funnies
 
2012-07-27 07:29:32 PM
Lion statues on their lawn? I'd have thought Italy, not Turkey.
 
2012-07-27 09:20:55 PM

unlikely: Go see them now; they will be blown up by conservative muslim clerics in no more than five years.


Time for you to return to comic books.
 
2012-07-27 11:44:36 PM

Lars The Canadian Viking: Lion statues on their lawn? I'd have thought Italy, not Turkey.


"How do you know lions have moved into your neighborhood?"

"There's stone Italians on their lawn."
 
2012-07-28 12:50:05 AM
Mayan trolling humanity again
 
2012-07-28 01:06:45 AM
The Ghost and the Darkness?
 
2012-07-28 04:27:27 AM
There's an awful lot of anachronism in these comments. The Hittites were largely Iron Age (Gobekli is PPNA and Ephesus is Roman) though the lions may have been earlier, made during the Hatti period. The location - away from known settlements - as well as the presence of a stone basin nearby leads support to the theory that the lions marked a spring or pool, much like a neon "rest stop" sign does now.
Paired lions were also often used at the entrance to enclosures that required protection, such as the gates at Aslantepe (Malatya) and Hattusas, both of which were Hatti or Hittite strongholds.
 
2012-07-28 12:30:35 PM

Agarista: There's an awful lot of anachronism in these comments. The Hittites were largely Iron Age (Gobekli is PPNA and Ephesus is Roman) though the lions may have been earlier, made during the Hatti period. The location - away from known settlements - as well as the presence of a stone basin nearby leads support to the theory that the lions marked a spring or pool, much like a neon "rest stop" sign does now.
Paired lions were also often used at the entrance to enclosures that required protection, such as the gates at Aslantepe (Malatya) and Hattusas, both of which were Hatti or Hittite strongholds.


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