National Geographic Channel in the UK is to air a special from London-based factual indie Atlantic Productions, investigating the ancient ruins of the Turkish temple Gobekli Tepe.
Cradle of the Gods follows archaeologists Dr. Jeff Rose and Professor Klaus Schmidt as they journey to Turkey to discover the 12,000 year old temple, which Schmidt believes is the first human-built holy place.
The special, which aired in the U.S. yesterday (March 1), explores the theory that the building of the temple laid the foundation for the development of complex societies, and that it was religion, not farming, that brought early humans together. “Cradle of the Gods gives an astonishing insight into the evolution of human civilization, and it is great to have Dr. Rose and Professor Schmidt on board as renowned experts in the field,” said Anthony Geffen, CEO at Atlantic Productions.
Cradle of the Gods, airing in the UK on March 13, was commissioned by Michael Cascio at National Geographic Channel. The documentary is directed by Tim Conrad and executive produced by Geffen and Jack Smith for National Geographic Channel.