born in Russia and raised in Palestine
Sitchin attended and graduated from the University of London, majoring in economic history. A leading journalist and editor in Israel for many years, he now lives and writes in New York.
The Sumerian civilization, thought to be the oldest on the planet, has left us an enduring portrait of their society, philosophy, religion, and daily life in the countless "records" they left behind. When the Sumerians wanted to write something down, they used a stylus to press the wedge-shaped marks that composed their alphabet (called cuneiform) into a slab of clay. When the clay was fired in a kiln, the result was a very durable document, hundred of thousands of which have survived to this day. The Sumerian language is well-understood, and for many years archaeologists have studied the "myths" told about the Sumerian "gods" in stories such as the Epic of Gilgamesh. Recently, an Ancient Middle East archeologist named Zechariah Sitchin revolutionized our understanding of these Sumerian "myths". Sitchin realized that eleven of the "gods" described in the Sumerian records were actually the heavenly bodies of our solar system (the planets plus the sun and moon). Sitchin further realized that the Sumerians had a knowledge of the outer planets that, by all rights, they shouldn't have had. Sitchin proved this to the world by submitting to detailed descriptions of the outer planets (as found in the Sumerian records) BEFORE the NASA space probes reached these planets. Images sent back by the probes confirmed that the ancient Sumerians indeed knew what these planets looked like.
Just as interesting, the Sumerians always described their gods (the planets) starting with Pluto, then Neptune, Uranus, etc., as if they were seeing the planets from a heavenly body (or spacecraft) that was entering our solar system from the outside. The Sumerian records also talk about a "twelfth" planet, one whose elliptical orbit brought it close to earth for a brief period every 3,600 years.
Looked at from this new perspective, the Sumerian religious epics contain a startling story:
The "twelfth" planet, known as Marduk was inhabited by humanoid beings very much like ourselves, known as Nibiru. A problem with their atmosphere sent them on a mission throughout the solar system in search of gold, a metal which they believed could be used to heal their planet. Using rocket ships to shuttle people and supplies between their planet and Earth, during those months when Marduk's elliptical orbit brought it close to Earth, the Nebiru established colonies in Mesopotamia (now southern Iraq) hundreds of thousands of years ago. They eventually found rich veins of gold in southern Africa, and established mines exploited by the worker element of their society, called the Annunaki.
Eventually, the Annunaki tired of this unpleasant work, revolted, and forced the Nebiru leaders to find another source of labor. Their solution, related in great detail in the Sumerian records, was to create a slave race by splicing their genes with the genes of the most advanced primate on the planet at that time (approximately 200,000 years ago). Thus was born the human race (Homo sapiens).
Recently scientific discoveries (the uncovering of neolithic gold mines in southern Africa, the tracing of all human DNA back to a single source, called "Eve" by the genetecists), have tended to confirm Sitchin's interpretation of the Sumerian records. Why science has never found "the missing link" (the fossil record that would show the evolutionary path from the early hominids to modern man) is also explained by Sitchin's interpretation: the "missing link" is not a fossil, but rather a genetic experiment performed by beings from another planet in our solar system.