Found an article on prehistoric civilizations on Web Owls Blog Archives Prehistoric Civilization, talking about the ancient city of Catel Huyuk. a temple city in Anatolia, to quote the blog "the central hub of a Neolithic civilization. It was written and signed by Digsalot 5/15/06.
Link to Catel Hoynuk Article by Diggs with my comment
Below is my comment on the article, which you'll also find with the article when you click the link, when Web Owls moderates it.
My Comment, with a couple of edits:
Interesting, as far as it goes. But those of us who actually believe there were ADVANCED prehistoric civilizations, focus on the time before the end of the last ice age, and the flood that followed, meaning more than 10,000 years ago, Catel Hoyuk came two to three thousand years later. My opinion, and it's only that, understand I'm no expert and don't pretend to be one, is that this is an early, (earliest? maybe, maybe not), effort by either a whole new version of post flood/destruction human being, or as I think a mutation of the earlier version that somehow survived. The legends, and myths say that humanity was destroyed, except for whichever Hero and their families, and the civilization that we know today evolved from them. It seems reasonable that if most people were killed and their lands flooded in days, if not hours, destroying buildings, vehicles, roads, and pretty much everything else, water levels are estimated to have risen 300 feet or possibly more, if there were survivors they'd be in a state of shock, but would try to reclaim as much of their life as they could, they would pass knowledge on to their kids, and their kids kids, but if modern people are any example, in three or four generations it would have become crap, except for the oddball here and there. Think about the game telephone we all played in kindergarden, the story starts on one end and is completely different, and/or distorted by the time it gets to the other end. Now imagine the same thing with lots of people and generations. It's conceivable that those we know as "cavemen," (so easy a caveman can do it), were survivors or later generations of survivors, who had nowhere else to live, and had to be hunter gatherers to eat, but knowledge was passed on, beyond the understanding of most, but here and there were guys and gals just a little smarter, even a lot smarter, possibly the occasional genius managed over centuries, to slowly relearn.
But think about us, "moderns," through the 1200/1300's most people were little different than those living BC, iron and rudimentary steel was probably the biggest difference, through the 1800's still not a lot of difference, through the 50's and 60"s when I was a kid take away TV and we could as easily been living in the twenties. Most people are who I'm talking about. The truth is and most knowledgable people will agree, people who lived 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000 or 50,000 years ago were just as smart as we are today, if you brought one here today, you'd be amazed how quickly they'd catch up.
The ADVANCED part started for most of us when HP came out with the first battery powered calculator in the 60's and all bets were off. We have been a truely advanced civilization, in our own eyes at least, for really 40-50 years, maybe more generous 60 years.
So to call this city the earliest prehistoric civilization, or the cosmopolitan central hub of Neolithic civilization is a stretch at best. A possibly earlier city has been found in India, and there are others I'm sure waiting to be found. As a last word to those who ask if these civilizations existed where is the evidence, the buildings, etc? Check out the program After People, I think it's called and see how much of our own is left after 1000 years.