However, assuming that the site was used for religious purposes, I'm wondering whether the pillars supported a wooden pillar for the laying out of bodies - a pillar that could have been removed (and the wood used for other purposes) when the site was buried ? I'd put money on the reason for the burial, as against destruction of the site, was simple too - the culture was moving on, spiritually and religiously, but out of respect for the "old", they refrained from destruction and interred the site as a form of preservation. I suspect therefore that even after "burial", the site maintained a great deal of significance for many years and continued to be visited by generations of people. I'd very much doubt 100% of the population involved at the time would instantly forget such an important site.
Interesting you bring up native Americans, the Haida and Kwakiutl and their totem poles.
You will often see a giant raven on top of these totem poles. Why? Because they considered Raven to be their Creator God.
Could that not be the case for the Anatolians? That they had a vulture as their creator god? Together with a Mother Godess giving birth to humans?
Edited by Abramelin, 07 October 2012 - 02:47 PM.