A crew of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has discovered what they describe as proof of a comet hanging the Earth at roughly the identical time because the onset of the Younger Dryas in carvings on an historic stone pillar in southern Turkey.

The group has revealed their findings within the journal Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry.

Prior proof primarily based on ice cores taken from Greenland has recommended that a strike by a comet might have led to the onset of the Younger Dryas—a interval of Earth cooling that lasted for roughly 1000 years.

Other proof additionally suggests that the cooling interval brought about teams of individuals to band collectively to domesticate crops, resulting in the event of agriculture, which in flip led to very large leaps in technological improvements and societal developments, i.e. Neolithic civilization. In this new effort, the researchers describe proof they discovered on a stone pillar at Gobekli Tepe (the oldest recognized temple website) that aligns with the ice core findings—that a comet struck the Earth in roughly 10,950BC.