Ancient Sumerians Record Meteor Event


The giant landslide centred at Köfels in Austria is 500m thick and five kilometres in diameter and has long been a mystery since geologists first looked at it in the 19th century. The conclusion drawn by research in the middle 20th century was that it must be due to a very large meteor impact because of the evidence of crushing pressures and explosions. But this view lost favour as a much better understanding of impact sites developed in the late 20th century…

…new research by Alan Bond, Managing Director of Reaction Engines Ltd and Mark Hempsell, Senior Lecturer in Astronautics at Bristol University, brings the impact theory back into play. It centres on another 19th century mystery, a Cuneiform tablet in the British Museum collection No K8538 (known as “the Planisphere”).

It was found by Henry Layard in the remains of the library in the Royal Place at Nineveh, and was made by an Assyrian scribe around 700 BC. It is an astronomical work as it has drawings of constellations on it and the text has known constellation names. It has attracted a lot of attention but in over a hundred years nobody has come up with a convincing explanation as to what it is.With modern computer programmes that can simulate trajectories and reconstruct the night sky thousands of years ago the researchers have established what the Planisphere tablet refers to. It is a copy of the night notebook of a Sumerian astronomer as he records the events in the sky before dawn on the 29 June 3123 BC (Julian calendar). Half the tablet records planet positions and cloud cover, the same as any other night, but the other half of the tablet records an object large enough for its shape to be noted even though it is still in space. The astronomers made an accurate note of its trajectory relative to the stars, which to an error better than one degree is consistent with an impact at Köfels. 

Ancient Sumerians were superb observers of the night sky and are credited with the founding of astrology, which surprisingly is still practiced and followed to this day. They passed this practice on to their Assyrian and Babylonian descendents, who spread it to the Hebrews. 

After the Babylonians came the Persian Empire, who no doubt practiced it and when Alexander the Great conquered them, it spread even more through the West. The ancient Egyptians practiced a form of astrology and some argue they taught the Sumerians, but the Sumerians were contemporaries and possibly an older culture, so it might be the other way around, nobody is sure. That is how mainstream historians see it anyway and there are other alternative histories that contradict the main doctrine, but that’s for another post.

It’s interesting to note that ancient Middle Eastern cultures show a certain continuity, because the article says the cuneiform tablet is Assyrian and that it was a copy from a Sumerian original that was 2400 years older. So astronomical observation was a well developed discipline that no doubt had well trained observers. Modern researchers obviously are taking this into account as they verify the meteorite theory.

Ancient Sumerians are also credited with another astronomical observation, an event that might occur every 5000 years like clockwork.

Does ‘Nibiru’ ring a bell?

17 responses

  1. Does ‘Nibiru’ ring a bell?

    Okay, so sue me, I couldn’t resist, awright? LOL! 8)

  2. Hi dad2059 et. al. …

    Several nights ago the Discovery Channel discussed the possibility that the “Great Flood” of biblical and the “Epic of Gilgamesh” times proportions was caused by the impact of a large comet/meteor approximiatley three miles in diameter in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar about 4600-5000 years ago.

    There are only about 185 large impact craters identifiable on the earths visible surface. Scientists suspect that since the oceans cover 80 percent of the earths surface that that many more of these impact craters should be evident on the deep ocean floor.

    So I thought possibly with Nibiru being a large body of a cyclical nature no different than Halleys or another other highly eccentric comets then as it made it’s last passing it also dragged along with it other minor celestial bodies such as tag-along comets, meteoric material etc. Of course Nibiru didn’t strike the earth, but orbited the sun and went back into the far reaches of our solar system to return again 5,000 years later. A large body did hit the Indian Ocean with an estimated 30,000 megatons of energy and is seemingly confirmed by research to this point in time.

    I’ll supply two superb links discussing this seemingly confirmed large cometary body strike to the earth about 5000 years ago.

    The program concerning this ancient cometary strike was superb and folks might catch it on a rerun basis.

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. Hi dad2059…

    I thought I’d supply the Earth Impact program so folks can plug in their own values relative to their area so they can get an idea as to what will happen with strikes of various sizes. It’s a fun tool and quite educational.

    I contacted the folks that designed the program several years ago via email and asked them about tsunami height projections, but he said there isn’t enough data to extrapolate the effects due to variations in coast outlines, inlets, bays etc.

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. Hi dad2059 et. al. …

    I thought I’d supply the Earth Impact program so folks can plug in their own values relative to their area so they can get an idea as to what will happen with strikes of various sizes. It’s a fun tool and quite educational.

    I contacted the folks that designed the program several years ago via email and asked them about tsunami height projections, but he said there isn’t enough data to extrapolate the effects due to variations in coast outlines, inlets, bays etc.

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Hi dad2059…

    I posted a link for the Earth Impact calculator, but it didn’t post. So I may have inadvertently sent the post twice. I hop you let the calculator post to the site because we can have some fun projecting different sized celesitial bodies striking the earth along with a description of the effects.

    Nemo **==

  6. Yup, I got to it Carl. I’ve been late moderating comments because I’ve been exceeding my allowed computer time because of work, not good for a photic epileptic.

    Good info by the way. As we know, the Sumerians weren’t the only ancient culture who studied the skies, but they were one of the first, if not the first to record astronomical events.

  7. Hi dad2059…

    I’m trying to post the Earth Impact calculator again.

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. Hi dad2059…

    I have no idea why the link won’t post. This was my third attempt. This time I simply tried posting the link. The site participants should hve some fun with it. Thanks if you can get it to post.

    Carl Nemo **==

  9. Hi dad2059…

    I shor got that link posted… :))

    Anyway I hope folks give it a try. Vary your distance from the strike, the type of body; ie., comet or meteor, density, angle of strike, whether the strike is on land or water of various depths etc., then read the catastrophic effects listed below the calculation.

    Afteer a while it gets kind of obsessive; ie., varying the parameters etc. Too bad it doesn’t have an estimated tsunami height projected too. Enjoy!

    Carl Nemo **==

  10. […] It was on the discovery channel. If you follow this link it leads to more information this link. Ancient Sumerians Record Meteor Event Dad2059’s Webzine of Science Fiction, Science Fact and E… You’ll have to scroll down a bit. But the site itself, in describing what the comets impact […]

  11. Refreshed asteroid/comet impact calulator link. I noticed the link is now stale for those interested in calculating the effects of their demise… :))

    Carl Nemo **==

  12. …an event that occurs every 5000 years…

    Is there a possible link to the Mayan Calendar? A cycle which started around 3114BC and is said to repeat itself every 5100 or so years could just be an observation of the skies made by a civilization that passed its knowledge through the ages to eventually end up in the hands of the Maya.

    A cycle in the calendar is coming to an end in 2012…Nibiru? I wonder…

    1. Hi Matt D,

      It’s been many months since I posted my comment. Your ideas concerning the 5000-5200 year period being linked to the Mayan Calendar as well as that of Sumerian mythos; I’d say you are on to something. No doubt others have thought the same, but I haven’t read anything to that fact.

      One thing that is unique about December 21, 2012 is that the Milky Way Galaxy will have completed one 100,000 year cycle turn on its gravitational axis relative to our solar system.

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  14. Gregory D. MELLOTT | Reply

    There may be a very simple principle that deal with LaGrange points and orbit modification. I seen it in Science New (weekly periodical) you can’t see old issues on their site enless you have a subscription. Bad way to encourage business in my view. Anyway, it said that the easiest (lowest fuel consumption) way to redirect a space probe was to get near La Grange points. That said, if the Sun (/and solar system), and the Galactic center, generates a LaGrange point in an area that is relatively highly populated with objects (perhaps like the Oort Cloud around our solar system), then it may allow more minor upsets in the area to get directed into them going closer to the Sun and Earth.


  16. The thing that baffles me is the fact that asteroids would hit randomly like mountains, valleys, etc.. and the Biblical/Sumerian account speaks “5 sinning cities” and to me that seems awfully specific for asteroids. Nature does random things alot of the times but lets just say that it wasnt an asteroid could it be something else. There should be traces of Iridium and Iron so far no one’s answered that one. Just whether or not we had celestial activity like meteors/asteroids and comets and the time where Northern Africa had a warm-lush savannah with elephants and lions etc… The Sumerians had a word and cunieform symbol that reads, DIN GIR and its shown as one pointy “rocket-like piece” with a cone sitting on top of it and at times it was shown ‘leaving’ it behind like its literally enscribed on it showing it separating from the other object. Dingir meant “sky-chamber” in other words a type of craft. What also bugs me are the fact that Uranium 235 and vitrification has also been found at a place the Sumerians called Aratta to the east farther than Susa in Elam. My point is to me at least is that what hit Soddom and Gomorrah was not an asteroid but a nuclear weapon of sorts. The particular symbol DINGIR is also found on that same ‘Sumerian Planisphere’ but passing/crossing between the constellations of Gemini and Piscies. To me if it was being observed at night or dusk wouldn’t that mean for this object to be recorded on a tablet that they would put it down as a ball not an arrow shape, especially when National Geographic/SCIence Channels’ scientists said that they could not be sure if it was a star or planet? Alot of those ‘meteors’ should be in those areas of the Near East buried under feet of dirt and sediment. If it was an asteroid than it was pretty specific on what it exactly hit. Also, Abrahams’ description never described it as an arc of smoke, rather it was a mushroom cloud “and it went up like a furnace”. If you go to those sites like the Biblical narrative says just like when Babadra was discovered than why are these cities destroyed? Theres not really any structures there just some foundations of possible houses. “The archaeologists Rast and Schaub suggest that these five cities could be the cities of the plain, but this theory evokes more questions and answers. It must be noted for example that the majority of the dead found at the site are dated 1,800 years before the sites were finally destroyed according to the conventional chronology. Who then were the dead and are there any other sites world-wide with such vast charnel houses containing so many remains?”
    In the period of 1973 through 1979, four more sites were found by archaeologists Walter Rast and Thomas Schaub which they believe are the remaining four cities mentioned in Genesis 14:2. The five sites start with Bab edh Dhra at the north, and include in order to the south, Numeira, Safi, Feifa, and Khanazir. All five sites are located at the heads of small wadis and have been dated to the early bronze age. One of the sites, Safi, is identified in the Madaba Mosaic Map (a map found on the floor of a 6th century AD Byzantium Church approximately 50 miles away) as Zoar. Two other cemeteries of equal size to the one at Bab edh Dhra have been uncovered at Feifa and Safi bringing the possible total to some 1.5 million human remains. (Biblical Archaeological Review Volume 6 No. 5).

    What is unusual about these sites is that the cemeteries were in existence (3200 BC and earlier) before the towns, and the extremely high number of human remains buried there. The area is extremely arid, and at present does not have the capability, even given present agricultural technology, of supporting more than a small fraction of the population that the numbers in the cemeteries indicate that it once did. The Bible indicates that prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah the climate may have been dramatically different, and depending on the interpretation the Dead Sea either did not exist or was of a different configuration Theres a small peninnsula called by locals ‘El Lissan’ or ‘Tongue’ and this area has significant radioactive elements in the water and if exposed to long enough over time you will be very sick.

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