We have recently covered many of the amazing archaeological ruins, which can be found within modern-day Turkey, and it would be foolish of us not to devote a small fraction of our investigative minds, on what is probably the most enigmatic of them all.
Placed high atop a rather suspiciously shaped mountain known as Nemrut, someone, at some time within our very distant past, went to tremendous efforts to create what academia have concluded was some sort of tomb. This, however, the absence of any king or queens remains to date, or indeed any other form of evidence to support such claims… Said to have been constructed by the Commagene Kingdom some 5000 years ago, the enormous stone statues are placed at a height of 2,230 meters above sea level, because of the sites clearly tremendous antiquity, coupled with the astonishing achievements involved in creating it, many people attribute the site as the 8th wonder of the world.
Furthermore, and perhaps most intriguing regarding the ruins, is the fact that mount Nemrut Dağı, is one of the only places on earth, where a number of sunrises and sunsets can be observed.. Every year, thousands of local and foreign tourists come to Nemrut Dag to watch the sunrise and sunset. Was this peculiar anomaly found at this specific location, a factor in the decision to place this mysterious structure at the top of Mount Nemrut? And if so, how did a culture more than 5000 years ago understand this? The name Nemrut is a relatively modern one, dating back only to the Middle Ages.
In Armenian legend, Hayk defeated the Biblical king Nimrod and buried him in these mountains, meaning the real name of the mountain at the time of the construction of the monumental structure, remains unknown. According to academia, quote, “The tumulus, or ceremonial mound at the site, which is 49-meters-tall, and 152 meters in diameter, was possibly built to protect a tomb from tomb-robbers since any excavation would quickly fill with loose rock. The statues appear to have Greek-style facial features, but Armenian clothing and hair-styling.” End quote. We find it interesting that academics would happily mention the amazing characteristics included in the build, the hidden chambers beneath being boobytrapped with multiple tons of loose gravel, placed atop to quickly fill any tomb robbers attempted burrowing tunnels, stifling their attempts to loot the site, yet say with their second breath, that the site was somehow looted sometime within antiquity…
The site was excavated in 1881 by Karl Sester, a German engineer assessing transport routes for the Ottomans, however, his claims of a tomb have never been validated. Subsequent excavations have failed to reveal the tomb of “Antiochus,” the supposed character who resides here, this, however, has not deterred academia to continue to strongly argue that the site is indeed his burial site.
Who built the ancient monumental structure high atop this mountain within Turkey? Why did they build it? Was it indeed constructed, like Alaca Hoyuk, by a far more advanced civilization than we are led to believe? The more we learn regarding these ancient sites, the more such a proposition becomes a real possibility.