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The skull cult at the world’s oldest temple probably isn’t quite what you think

But it’s hugely important all the same.
Göbekli Tepe

Neolithic. Skull. Cult.

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Honestly, we should all be so comfortable with death that we're willing to carve stuff into people's skulls. Calling ancient civilizations “skull cults” gives them a creepy vibe, like they were the Neolithic version of that stringy-haired kid who always wore the same Dark Side of the Moon shirt in high school. Really, the intended connotation is just “these folks were pretty

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