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M.O. Round 4 - Gabriel Thomson vs. Grant W.
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Link to my esteemed opponent's entry, Grant W. (That's his name, btw, not the name of his entry. Sorry, it's late and my brain is tired!)

For this round, my opponent and I were given the catagory "The Doorstep to the Temple of Wisdom"- Choose a real ancient civilization (Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Chinese, Harappa, Iranian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Aztec, Incian and so on) and build a temple in their style of art and architecture.

I started off thinking about Cambodian temples like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm etc, but during my research, i stumbled across the amazing story of Gobekli Tepe, and was so captured by it that i couldn't get it out of my head. I knew then that i had my subject, or rather, that my subject had me!

Gobekli Tepe (means "belly hill")is a hillside in Southeast Turkey, where the oldest known temple complex in the world was discovered in 1994 by a German archaeologist called Klaus Schmidt. It is a complex of 20 or so circular buildings of various ages, the oldest of which has been dated at 11,000 years old - to put that in perspective, that is 6000 years older than Stonehenge! It is so old that it predates both agriculture and metallurgy - as incredible at it seems, achaeologists believe these temples were constructed by nomadic hunter gatherers using only stone axes and flints. The giant T-shaped limestone megaliths that form the site are decorated with animal motifs in both shallow relief and also more sculptural forms. The spaces in between the megaliths were filled in with drystone walls, which often incorporated low benches in thier design. Nobody knows what type of religion or spirituality the makers of the temple had, but due to the frightening nature of the animal carvings, (which include vultures and lions) some speculate that it could have been a death cult or necropolis.

It has long been believed that neolithic societies only started to build such enduring temples once they had settled into complex agrarian communities; domesticating wildlife, making pottery and the like. However, the evidence at Gobekli Tepe presents a different picture altogether - a hunter gatherer society whos spiritual life led to them later settling in the area (possibly to maintain the temples they had built) and developing agrarian technologies. In short, thier religion lay at the very root of who they were to become - us.

Part of the problem of building "in the style of" our neolithic ancestors is that no-one really knows what the structures looked like when they were originally standing. Some have speculated that the T-shaped megaliths were meant to support a roof of some kind, but all evidence of that has long vanished. So i decided to simply build a neolithic "Gobekli Tepi" style temple as they appear to us today - as mysterious, awe-inspiring ruins, speaking to us of the very beginnings of our search for wisdom.










Overview of the temple layout. You can see the circular design with the supporting megaliths and drystone walls and benches. A ceremonial trough is also present, opposite the temple entrance.





Temple ruins were found at Gobekli Tepe at varying depths, as if new temples were successivly built on top of older ones. Here we see part of a broken megalith from a previous temple, awaiting discovery beneath the earth.





The archeologists use wooden walkways to move from one part of the temple site to another, lessening the risk of damaging or disturbing new finds. They also have a rough shelter for storing tools and collecting smaller artifacts.







An archaeologist examines a lion motif sculpture on one of the central megaliths, whilst a labourer helps to gently clean the temple floor. Another archaeologist takes photos of the temple layout from the walkway. Although they are in the same physical place, the doorway to the wisdom they seek is very different to those of thier neolithic ancestors...

~Fini.

Anyway, i hope you have enjoyed my take on the catagory. It has been a fun, albeit rather quick build for me - i've been ill during the build time and also had some work pressures, so i couldn't spend the time on this that i would have liked. If i had another day or two, i might have experimented with ways to show a neolithic shaman and tribesfolk looking down on the archaeologists from a distant (in time, if not space) hilltop - that was one of my original ideas. Still, i enjoyed making the sunken circular temple very much indeed, and i also had fun with the little shelter and walkway.

ps. And i finally got to use that Pharoah's Quest baseplate in a moc! Yay! ;)

pps. Have a extra bonus atmospheric shot of the temple at night!




Comments

 I made it 
  January 31, 2012
Quoting Elderon Eldar Woow, y'know I saw this during the M.O. and liked it a lot, but then I saw your Peregrinus MOC's and didn't link it all to you, but still an awesome build! Like the backstory of temples built on temples. Wicked!
Thanks! Haha, yeah, the MocO's sure made me build a lot of different stuff, that's for sure. I kinda want to keep that going, but i think i'll be concentrating on the Historica builds for a little while now. Thanks again for your kind words! :)
 I like it 
  January 10, 2012
Woow, y'know I saw this during the M.O. and liked it a lot, but then I saw your Peregrinus MOC's and didn't link it all to you, but still an awesome build! Like the backstory of temples built on temples. Wicked!
 I made it 
  December 10, 2011
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD Clever idea and masterfully built. Good luck in Round 5!~H
Whoops, fallen behind in my comments somewhat - sorry! Thanks for the kind comment, i'm glad you enjoyed this build. :)
Quoting Nathan Brainbuilder Very detailed!
Thanks! :)
Quoting nathan shaffer now thats somthing to be proud of!! it is so super detailed I love it!!
Cheers, glad you like! :)
Quoting António Silva I just love this! It's a perfect digging site! Congrats!
Hee, thanks mate! :)
 I like it 
  November 6, 2011
I just love this! It's a perfect digging site! Congrats!
 I like it 
  November 5, 2011
now thats somthing to be proud of!! it is so super detailed I love it!!
 I like it 
  November 5, 2011
Very detailed!
 I like it 
  November 5, 2011
Clever idea and masterfully built. Good luck in Round 5!~H
 I made it 
  November 5, 2011
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Congratulations on making round 5! We have a fun category huh, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what story you make of our two interesting lines we've been given! Good luck :)
Hee, thanks, it's an honour to be squaring up against you this round. :) I am not quite sure what to make of the catagory yet, i've got a few fragments of story lined up but it is all yet to take shape. But yes, it promises fun times for the next 10 days! Best of luck to you too!
 I made it 
  November 5, 2011
Quoting Matt David Schwing! You've got my vote.
Thankyou Matt. :)
 I made it 
  November 5, 2011
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Fantastic! A great take on the category and a great build! I really like the circular area!
Thanks mate! Yeah, i like the pit area too. I always wanted to use that curved wall technique. :)
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J The composition is exemplary! It does feel like a ruin. Great work!
Heheh, thanks...! It is all a bit of a great mess, isn't it? xD
 I like it 
  November 4, 2011
Congratulations on making round 5! We have a fun category huh, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what story you make of our two interesting lines we've been given! Good luck :)
 I like it 
  November 1, 2011
Schwing! You've got my vote.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2011
Fantastic! A great take on the category and a great build! I really like the circular area!
 I like it 
  November 1, 2011
Fantastic! A great take on the category and a great build! I really like the circular area!
 I like it 
  November 1, 2011
The composition is exemplary! It does feel like a ruin. Great work!
 I made it 
  November 1, 2011
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy Gabriel, this shows a high level of landscaping skills. Brilliant details like the realistic looking walkways for example convinced me to vote for you. By the way, it looks like you need a black 1x1 round brick ;o)
Thankyou very much for your vote Mr. Xenomurphy. :) It took me a while to work out what 1x1 round you were talking about, i'm guessing it's the camera lens? That was actually a deliberate decision - i thought i'd give her a Canon L-series lens. ;)
 I made it 
  November 1, 2011
Quoting Dave Kaleta Mr. Thomson, The way you invested your own take on the category and turned it into an archeological dig was really impressive. You've earned my vote. ~Dave
Thankyou very much for your vote Dave. I'm glad you enjoyed my build! :)
 I made it 
  November 1, 2011
Quoting Ian Spacek Great build! With all the complexity, it took me a second to figure out what exactly it was. An archeologist dig, very, very cool!
Thanks! Yes, with the even lighting, it does make it hard for the eye to settle initially. The shadows in the last pic help enormously, which is why i'll be fiddling about with some more nighttime pics before i pull this one apart.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2011
Gabriel, this shows a high level of landscaping skills. Brilliant details like the realistic looking walkways for example convinced me to vote for you. By the way, it looks like you need a black 1x1 round brick ;o)
 I like it 
  October 31, 2011
Mr. Thomson, The way you invested your own take on the category and turned it into an archeological dig was really impressive. You've earned my vote. ~Dave
 I like it 
  October 31, 2011
Great build! With all the complexity, it took me a second to figure out what exactly it was. An archeologist dig, very, very cool!
 I made it 
  October 31, 2011
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= What a fantastic build. So much detail and dark tan, (two of my most favouritest things in the world) I admire people taking a category and making it completely their own. Good on ya mate! Best of luck with this.
Yeah, is it just me or has dark tan just exploded as a colour in sets this year? Not that i'm complaining or anything! Thanks for the comment and the well-wishes Leda. :)
Quoting StoveTop Creator Once again Superb detailed work. This was very interesting to me as I too have recently learned about this site. Looks like you spent some time researching and IT SHOWS! You said you got to use an egyptian themed baseplate, but who would know!!! Just like the temple builders of old built on top of the ruins of older religions' temples, you build over that baseplate! AND WHAT A FABULOUS BUILD IT IS! Your site also looks very much like an archaelogical dig. Very Best of Luck! :)
Aw, you make me blush! Thanks, and i'm glad you like it! I didn't build entirely over the baseplate btw - i was rather keen to use it's squarish pits and cut-outs for excavation sites. :)
Quoting Quad ????? All those dark tan pieces. : |___} I like only have a 2x4 plate in dark tan. :(
Go and get into some Pharoah's quest sets, that'll fix you up! ;)
 I made it 
  October 31, 2011
Quoting Chris Phipson While Grant's may be more easily recognizable I think your more "off beat" choice was a good move. And setting it up as a dig rather than how it would have looked during the time frame... again, a bold choice that I think (my opinion) was a great idea! You got my vote! Good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
Thanksyou very much for your vote Chris. I wasn't entirely sure when building this whether or not i'd made the right decision in my choice of civillisation. The story of Gobekli Tepe was so captivating though that i hoped some of that would show through in my build. I'm glad that it works for you. :)
 I made it 
  October 31, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! Size, complexity, theme: check, check, and check. I recall reading about this archaeological find, too. Great job on this, and you get my vote! Good luck with the other judges1
Thanks, i really appreciate your vote. :) Crossing my fingers that i get the nod now from the other judges!
 I made it 
  October 31, 2011
Quoting Nick Barrett A great build to look at and I've learned something of real value. Thanks and good luck!
Cheers, that's exactly what i was aiming for! Glad you enjoyed my build. :)
Quoting Harry 863 Wow this is incredible. Great work :D
Thanks! :)
Quoting The Timinater ! 1 vote down, two to go! best of luck, as this is amazing! great atmoshphere captured with that last pic! great job!
Thanks Timinator! Yeah, that last pic came out well, hey? I tried to replicate the spooky lighting tonight, but the photos just aren't coming out the same. :/ Must have been a lucky shot i guess..
Quoting Chas Irish You killed it! Great idea!
Thanks buddy! I don't know about "killing it", but hopefully i have done enough. :<
Quoting Thoy Bradley Awesome work Gabriel, the use of an uncommon temple is great. That last photo in particular really adds a bit to the whole atmosphere. Good luck with your other judges! ~Thoy
Cheers Thoy, i did want to get off the beaten track a little with this build. I am x'ing my fingers for the final judgement now - i guess you are through now that Stormbringer hasn't posted in time? :o Congrats if so!
 I made it 
  October 31, 2011
Quoting Chris Roach I like the circular recessed area in the middle and the bridges most. Great techiques overall- Good luck!
Thanks Chris. Yeah, those are my fav bits too. I did my best to "build out of the square" with this one.
Quoting Pedro Resendes I love it!
Thanks! Glad you like. :)
Quoting Ru Corder I love how you used that large, usually useless baseplate so effectively. Well done!
Heh! It has been one of my "must do something with that" niggles at the back of mind that i ought to find a use for that baseplate. I quite like it actually - it's certainly an unusual colour.
Quoting Chris Stone Oh wow...
Hope i haven't shocked you? :o
Quoting Grant W. Excellent landscaping!
Ta mate, much appreciated! I did try to get a feeling for the uneven, rocky ground of the dig site.
 I like it 
  October 31, 2011
What a fantastic build. So much detail and dark tan, (two of my most favouritest things in the world) I admire people taking a category and making it completely their own. Good on ya mate! Best of luck with this.
Gabriel Thomson
 I like it 
Thoy Bradley
  October 30, 2011
Awesome work Gabriel, the use of an uncommon temple is great. That last photo in particular really adds a bit to the whole atmosphere. Good luck with your other judges! ~Thoy
  October 30, 2011
Once again Superb detailed work. This was very interesting to me as I too have recently learned about this site. Looks like you spent some time researching and IT SHOWS! You said you got to use an egyptian themed baseplate, but who would know!!! Just like the temple builders of old built on top of the ruins of older religions' temples, you build over that baseplate! AND WHAT A FABULOUS BUILD IT IS! Your site also looks very much like an archaelogical dig. Very Best of Luck! :)
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
Size, complexity, theme: check, check, and check. I recall reading about this archaeological find, too. Great job on this, and you get my vote! Good luck with the other judges1
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
All those dark tan pieces. : |___} I like only have a 2x4 plate in dark tan. :(
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
A great build to look at and I've learned something of real value. Thanks and good luck!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
Wow this is incredible. Great work :D
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
1 vote down, two to go! best of luck, as this is amazing! great atmoshphere captured with that last pic! great job!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
You killed it! Great idea!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
While Grant's may be more easily recognizable I think your more "off beat" choice was a good move. And setting it up as a dig rather than how it would have looked during the time frame... again, a bold choice that I think (my opinion) was a great idea! You got my vote! Good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
I like the circular recessed area in the middle and the bridges most. Great techiques overall- Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
I love it!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
I love how you used that large, usually useless baseplate so effectively. Well done!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
Oh wow...
 I like it 
  October 30, 2011
Excellent landscaping!
 
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