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It’s been a while since we checked in with the Prehistory Guys, but we were bored this afternoon and it turns out they have a project at Göbekli Tepe. Link goes to a whole playlist of short films about it.

Super interesting stuff. This is 10,000 years ago, just at the end of the last ice age, and they had cisterns for storing water and pipes capped with limestone moving the water around the complex.

They still think the builders were nomadic hunter-gatherers, even after finding this gigantic stone complex. As of 2021, only 5% of the known site has been excavated.

Did I tell you I bumped into one of the Prehistory Guys in town? Not surprisingly, he was at a historic attraction. I gave him the side-eye for the longest time, before sidling over and blurting out, “hey, you’re that YouTube guy, aren’t you?”

Then it got super awkward. A big fan would’ve known his name. After a few minutes scraping my toe on the pavement and clearing my throat, I slunk off.

Michael Bott is his name.

We kind of went off the channel because they spend way too much time photographing each other staring at the really cool thing. Oi! You! Show me the really cool thing.

I gave up on Cosmos for the same reason. Thirteen hours of Carl Sagan making the “ooo!” face.


Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: May 21, 2024, 11:34 pm

Only so many “billions and billions” one can take.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 22, 2024, 12:38 am

I always love when they tell us we couldn’t do this whatever thing with currently existing technology.

And have you ever noticed the builders of these ancient things generally didn’t give a rat’s ass about standard sizing and symmetry in their constructions?

Still I have to admire cultures that did build elaborate water handling features.

Check out all the underground cities in Turkey, like Derinkuyu. Interesting stuff.

What’s really interesting is how these massive complexes get “buried” and forgotten. . That in itself always makes me wonder.

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 22, 2024, 4:38 am

Ah, yes. The invention of the idea of settlements.
And neighbors. The same ones that you see.
Every. Damn. Day.

Comment from MrKnowitall
Time: May 22, 2024, 6:05 pm

It’s almost as if they aren’t confident enough in the subject and think they have to “add interest”, which to them means the presenters. Bah. That and the modern 2 camera “oh, lets have the presenter only look at one camera, but cut away to an off-axis shot and have him staring vacantly into space, thus destroying not only rapport, but the viewer’s concentration and retention!”

I’m so glad I have no strong feelings on the subject of unwatchable shows. 🙂

We’ll save the British love of botched EQ, low volume voiceovers for another day.

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