"She [Venus] founded your city [Athens] a thousand years before ours [Sais], receiving from the Earth and Hephaestus the seed of your race, and afterwards she founded ours, of which the constitution is recorded in our sacred registers to be eight thousand years old." -- Sonchis of Sais, priest, 6th century B.C.
"We are told that the evolution of human civilization is a linear process -- that it goes from stupid cave man to smart old us with our hydrogen bombs and striped toothpaste. But the proof that the Sphinx is many, many thousands of years older than the archaeologists think it is, that it preceded by many thousands of years even dynastic Egypt, means that there must have been, at some distant point in history, a high and sophisticated civilization -- just as all the legends affirm." -- John A. West, egyptologist, 1993
"We know that there is firm evidence for the existence of undiscovered chambers beneath the Sphinx enclosure. Ground scans have revealed up to nine hollow areas of regular shape, suggesting human manufacture. Myths and legends going back to Roman times speak of hidden chambers beneath the Giza plateau. The oldest known account, by the Latin writer Ammianus Marcellinus of the fourth century AD, says they were originally constructed for the purposes of strange magical rites [i.e. science] before the time of the deluge. Other Coptic Christian stories recorded by Arab historians say they were the repositories for the ancient sciences and treasures of a great civilisation that existed before the time of the Great Flood, which the Coptic Abou Hormeis MS suggests occurred around 9220 BC." -- Andrew Collins, author, 1998
"They [the Egyptians] don't seem to have an ancestry, they don't seem to have any period of development, they just seem almost to appear overnight." -- Toby Wilson, egyptologist, 2003
"Look at this. It's a sphinx, thousands of years before Egypt." -- Klaus Schmidt, archaeologist, April 2008
The Guardian (April 2008): 7,000 Years Older Than Stonehenge: The Site That Stunned Archaeologists.
"This place is a supernova," said Schmidt, standing under a lone tree on a windswept hilltop 35 miles north of Turkey's border with Syria. "Within a minute of first seeing it I knew I had two choices: go away and tell nobody, or spend the rest of my life working here." ...By studying the Egyptian Edfu texts, Andrew Collins, the author of Gods of Eden: Egypt's Lost Legacy and the Genesis of Civilization, wrote, "faceless forms were said to have been the seed of their own creation at the time when the rest of the world had not yet come into being."
"I think here we are face to face with the earliest representation of gods," said Schmidt, patting one of the biggest stones. "They have no eyes, no mouths, no faces. But they have arms and they have hands. They are makers.
"In my opinion, the people who carved them were asking themselves the biggest questions of all. What is this universe? Why are we here?" ...
"Look at this", he said, pointing at a photo of an exquisitely carved sculpture showing an animal, half-human, half-lion. "It's a sphinx, thousands of years before Egypt. South-eastern Turkey, northern Syria - this region saw the wedding night of our civilisation."Daily Mail (March 2009): Do These Mysterious Stones Mark the Site of the Garden of Eden?
Archaeologists worldwide are in rare agreement on the site's importance. 'Gobekli Tepe changes everything,' says Ian Hodder, at Stanford University.
David Lewis-Williams, professor of archaeology at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, says: 'Gobekli Tepe is the most important archaeological site in the world.'
Some go even further and say the site and its implications are incredible. As Reading University professor Steve Mithen says: 'Gobekli Tepe is too extraordinary for my mind to understand.'