In the heart of Iraq, a thousand years ago, a great civilization thrived. Eridu, the oldest city of the Sumerian Empire, stood proudly on ancient Mount Sumer. According to mainstream archaeologists, this was the cradle of civilization.
They claim that civilization began in Mesopotamia some 6,000 years ago when small bands of hunter-gatherers transitioned into semi-sedentary communities, embracing agriculture, urban planning, engineering, science, and mathematics. All these elements marked the birth of what we now recognize as a civilization.
However, many researchers around the world propose an intriguing notion: civilization existed on Earth long before the Sumerians, and their key source is the writings of the Sumerians themselves.
Ancient cuneiform tablets reveal a list of kings who ruled tens of thousands of years ago. These tablets also recount a time when humans coexisted with powerful beings that descended from the sky—the Anunnaki. These celestial beings, the Anunnaki, are believed to be the architects behind the creation of Sumer and Babylonian civilizations.
They endowed humanity with the fundamentals of civilization, introducing animal husbandry and agriculture. Interestingly, the Sumerians also narrate a cataclysmic event brought upon Earth by the Anunnaki, eerily reminiscent of the Great Flood described later in the Hebrew Bible.
The revelation of this connection between the Sumerian accounts and the biblical flood story came to light in 2009, thanks to Dr. Irving Finkel, an eminent expert in cuneiform writing. His translation of a 3,700-year-old Sumerian tablet unveiled a parallel narrative to the familiar biblical tale.
In this ancient text, human beings learn from the gods of an impending catastrophic flood, leading to the construction of a life-saving ark.
The most astonishing aspect of this discovery is the tablet’s age, dating back at least a thousand years earlier than the biblical account. This revelation forces us to reconsider the origins of the flood story and its possible roots.
While remarkably similar flood stories exist in various ancient texts and cultures worldwide, conventional archaeologists previously contended that there was no evidence to support the existence of civilizations predating 6,000 years ago, thus challenging the authenticity of such a cataclysm. However, the early 1990s marked a turning point in our understanding of ancient history.
Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute embarked on an excavation mission at Gobekli Tepe in southeast Turkey. What he unearthed astonished the archaeological world. Gobekli Tepe, dating back around 12,000 years (around 10,000 BC), revealed spectacular monumental structures, challenging the prevailing belief that the people of that time were mere primitive hunter-gatherers.
Gobekli Tepe became the world’s first archaeological site to validate such an ancient age. This groundbreaking discovery painted a picture of a complex and advanced society at a time when historians previously believed only simple hunter-gatherer communities existed.
In essence, the unveiling of Gobekli Tepe has opened a new chapter in our understanding of ancient civilizations. It suggests that the story of our past is far more enigmatic and multifaceted than we ever imagined.
The possibility of a great flood in the distant past, echoed in myths and legends across the world, continues to intrigue and beckons us to explore deeper into the mysteries of our ancient history.
As we continue to delve into the past, the ancient tablets, cuneiform writings, and archaeological discoveries may unlock even more secrets that will reshape our perception of the ancient world. The mysteries of our past, waiting to be unearthed, hold the key to unraveling the enigmatic origins of early civilization.