Ancient Arts admin@ancient-arts.org Ancient Arts is affiliated to The Council for British Archaeology. Other animals represented include foxes, lions, bulls, donkeys, snakes, arachnids and birds especially vultures. Vulture feature prominently in the iconography of this region in the Neolithic period and are associated with a form of sky burial where bodies were exposed and excarnated by vultures and other carrion birds. Evidence for how the pillars were made litter the site, including hammerstones like this one made from hard rocks (the pillars are limestone). Flint blades are also found in abundance and presumably were used in the ceremonies on the site and manufacture of the pillars. Abstract and figurative designs. A local beetle helps with the reconstruction! Filming also took place nearby on a site where the pillars are thought to have been originally quarried. Here a damaged and abandoned pillar shows how outcropping was exploited and how the outline of the pillar was carved using hammerstones. To reconstruct the boar we were taken to a local modern quarry and a suitable limestone block was found. Simple tools made with locally available stones were made. Flint blades for fine work and harder, granite hand picks for the rougher work. A brush made from some grass completed our tool box. The design of the animal was drawn onto the block using charcoal. The outline of the animal was then defined by pecking away the surrounding stone. A local stone mason had a go using a modern steel tool, but was very impressed by our Stone Age tools. Once the outline had been defined the details were carved using the flint blade tools. The carving process took 5-6 hours, but this did include a tea and pastry break with the local stone masons! The whole process was filmed. Watch the film HERE! We would like to thank the National Geographic Channel, Atlantic Productions and the all who made us so welcome! Watch the film HERE! In 2012 we were asked to go to Gobekli Tepe and reconstruct a carving of a boar for the National Geographic Channel. Gobekli Tepe is a hill top sanctuary in SE Turkey. It is the oldest known religious structure in the World. It consists of a complex of circular sites formed by mostly 'T' shaped stone pillars. The pillars are decorated with carvings of abstract designs and animal figures. Including a boar which we were asked to reconstruct.
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