This Ancient Sumerian Cylinder Seal is said to depict 12 planets in our Solar System

August 22, 2016

One of the most controversial seals ever discovered and discussed among scholars is dubbed VA/243 and seems to depict –accoridng to many—12 planets within our Solar System with the Sun at its center.

The Seal which dates back –at least- from the third millennium B.C. can be found at the State Museum in Easter Berlin and is cataloged as VA/243.

According to numerous researchers, this ancient Akkadian Cylinder Seal is one of the most ancient cylinder seals ever discovered and appears to be one of the most mysterious as well.

The reason? Well, it allegedly depicts the entire family of our Solar System and a rogue planet identified by authors such as Sitchin as Planet X, or Nibiru, home planet of the Ancient Anunnaki.

Zecharia Sitchin discusses the cylinder seal with great detail in his book the 12th Planet.

According to Sitchin, the cylinder seal undoubtedly depicts our solar system with the numerous heavenly bodies and their relative size.

There are nine planets we know of today, –if of course you still think Pluto should be a planet and not a dwarf planet— our moon, the Sun, and a rogue planet commonly referred to as Nibiru.

This interpretation by Sitchin has led towards a great number of criticism and as Michael S. Heiser indicates, the symbol depicted on the cylinder seal Va/234 is not the sun but a star.

According to Heiser, the alleged planets identified by Sitchin are not planets but other stars.

Heiser further argues that there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the Sumerians had knowledge of more than five planets in out solar system.

Heiser indicates three main things in his study:

1)  The inscription on the seal says nothing about astronomy, Nibiru, or planets.

2)  The alleged “sun” symbol on the seal is not the sun.  We know this for sure because it does not conform to the consistent depiction / symbology of the sun on hundreds of other cylinder seals, monuments, and pieces of Summer-Mesopotamian art.

3)  There is not a single text in any extant Summer-Mesopotamian text that says the Sumerians or Mesopotamians knew of more than five planets.  There are a number of cuneiform tablets that deal with astronomy, all of which have been compiled and published.  These sources are accessible to the reader but at varying levels of difficulty.

Now this has made me think about both sides of the story, what Sitchin offers as an explanation and what a scholar like Michael S. Heiser has to say.

First of all, I am not saying that I believe any of them is correct in their interpretations, I am just forming my own little opinion.

The curious depictions on the Sumerian cylinder seal are fascinating. I find it extremely interesting that the creator of the seal decided to place a huge star (which resembles the sun) at the center, surrounded by other celestial bodies.

Even though Heiser argues that the star in the middle inst our star, but another star, I wonder why the creator of the seal did not depict the other stars (according to Heiser) just as he depicted the one in the middle?

Also, I wonder why the size of the star in the middle is represented as a larger body compared to the other celestial bodies.

Also, if all of the celestial bodies are stars as Heiser indicates, then why is the one in the middle depicted differently with characteristics eerily reminiscent of rays coming out of it?

Are these characteristics just another coincidence?

Or is it possible that we are missing something in this story?

However, if the mysterious objects depicted on the cylinder seal are in fact planets, how is it possible that the ancient Sumerians knew about our complete solar system in the 3rd millennium BC?

Not only that but how did they know their approximate size?

This leads to other questions like… where did the Sumerians obtain this knowledge from?

Did they develop it independently?

Or is it possible as many ancient cultures suggest, that some of that knowledge was passed on to them by ‘gods’ who came down from heaven and brought vast knowledge to man?

Does this ancient Sumerian Cylinder Seal depict the Solar System with all of its planets including Nibiru as Sitchin indicates?

Or is it possible that authors such as Michael S. Heiser are correct, and that the cylinder seal does not have any astronomical value and DOES NOT depict our solar system, planets, the moon, nor the sun?

There are other questions which must be raised when looking at the cylinder seal. For example, would a cylinder seal be the ‘appropriate’ medium by which someone —4,5000 years ago— would transmit such important astronomical knowledge?

What do you think?

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Ivan is a freelance writer, editor-in-chief of, he also writes for EWAO, Share Knowledge, Svemir Online and Ancient Origins.

History, Archaeology, Space and world’s mysteries are some of the topics he writes about.

Fascinating: TWO Unknown Planets Hiding At The Edge Of Our Solar System

According To Researchers From CalTech, Planet Nine, aka. Planet Is Not Alone Out There. A New Study Suggests That There May Be TWO Unknown Planets At The Edge Of Our Solar System
Two planets missing in our solar system
July 1, 2016

It seems that planet Nine is not the only missing planet in our solar system. According to research, the elusive planet dubbed Planet Nine or Planet X may not be alone out there as researchers find evidence of more objects in the outer edges of our star system.

The group of scientists that came up with the idea that there is a giant planet lurking the outer edges of our star system has had their forum re-visited by researchers who have found that there are more planets still undiscovered lurking on the edge of our solar system.

Not long ago, researchers from the researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) found evidence of a ‘rogue’ planet, ten times the mass of Earth located somewhere on the edge of our solar system. According to initial calculations, the object takes around 20,000 years to complete a full orbit around our star.

The team managed to come up with this theory after they studied the orbit of six large objects in our solar system called extreme trans-Neptunian objects (ETNOs) in the Kuiper belt with highly anomalous orbits.

They managed to figure out that these objects were under the influence of a hidden planet situated beyond Pluto.

However, a new international team of astronomers not only support the existence of Planet Nine, aka Planet X, but they say there are more planets influencing the movements of the called extreme trans-Neptunian objects (ETNOs) in the Kuiper belt.

Speaking about the discovery, Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, a Spanish independent astronomer, said: “With the orbit indicated by the Caltech astronomers for Planet Nine, our calculations show that the six ETNOs, which they consider to be the Rosetta Stone in the solution to this mystery, would move in lengthy, unstable orbits.”

In other words, this would mean that if there is just ONE Planet nine out there, the orbits of the extreme trans-Neptunian objects would be too unstable.

Science Alert wrote: “These objects would escape from the Solar System in less than 1.5billion years, [and three of them] could abandon it in less than 300 million years.

“What is more important, their orbits would become really unstable in just 10 million years, a really short amount of time in astronomical terms.

“That is to say, we believe that in addition to a Planet Nine, there could also be a Planet Ten and even more.”

However, researchers remain skeptical about the new findings. Mike Brown, the astronomer from the Caltech team who introduced the world to the existence of Planet Nine, said in an interview with daily mail: “I think it’s way too early to start speculating about a second planet, but, in general, I am confused by their results.“

“We have a nearly identical analysis which shows almost the opposite result. It is not obvious to me why they would get such a different answer,” added Brown.

NASA, on the other hand, has remained extremely conservative on Planet Nine announcements.

Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said: “The possibility of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist and for all of us. This is not, however, the detection or discovery of a new planet. It’s too early to say with certainty there’s a so-called Planet X. What we’re seeing is an early prediction based on modelling from limited observations. It’s the start of a process that could lead to an exciting result.”

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