I found him one of the most informed people I had every met.
He had brought several figurines from Sumerian times which he graciously allowed he to hold and do psychometry with. The information I received psychically coincided with the information he had accumulated in his years of research of the planet’s history.
and archeology of the Near East. He is one of the few scholars who is able to read and understand Sumerian. 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. His books have been widely translated, converted to Braille for the blind, and featured on radio and television.
The Earth Chronicles series is based on the premise that mythology is not fanciful but the repository of ancient memories; that the Bible ought to be read literally as a historic/scientific document; and that ancient civilizations–older and greater than assumed–were the product of knowledge brought to Earth by the Anunnaki, “Those Who from Heaven to Earth Came.” …I trust that modern science will continue to confirm ancient knowledge.
I prophecize the return of this planet called Nibiru at this time. The planet is inhabited by intelligent human beings like us who will come and go between their planet and our planet. They created homo sapiens. We look like them. I call them the Annunaki.
The starting point for my research goes back to my childhood and
schooldays. I wondered about the Nefilim, who are mentioned
in Genesis, Chapter six, as the sons of the gods who married the
daughters of Man in the days before the great flood, the Deluge.
The word Nefilim is commonly, or used to be, translated giants.
There were the days when there were giants upon the Earth.
I questioned this interpretation as a child at school, and I was
reprimanded for it because the teacher said you don’t question
the Bible. But I did not question the Bible, I questioned an
interpretation that seemed inaccurate, because the word,
Nefilim, the name by which those extraordinary beings, the
sons of the gods were known, means literally,
Those who have come down to earth from the heavens.
All the ancient scriptures, the Bible, the Greek myths, the Egyptian
myth and texts, the pyramid texts, everything, led to the Sumerians,
whose civilization was the first known one six thousand years ago.
I focused on Sumer, the source of these legends and myths and texts
and information. I learned to read the cuneiform Sumerian texts and
came upon their persistent and repeated statements that those beings,
whom the Sumerians called Anunnaki, came to earth from a planet
called Nibiru. The planet was designated by the sign of the cross and
Nibiru meant, planet of crossing.
The question thus shifted in my research from who were the
Nefilim and the Anunnaki, to, what planet is Nibiru? Forced to
become proficient in astronomy, I had to learn enough about it to
deal with the subject. I found out that the scholars were divided.
Some said it (Nibiru) was Mars, which of course was described
and known to the ancient people, and others said, no, it was Jupiter.
Those who said it was Jupiter and not Mars, had very convincing
arguments why it could not be Mars. And those who said it was
Mars and not Jupiter had very convincing arguments also.
Being able to go directly to those ancient sources, clay tablets
and cuneiform scripts, it seemed to me that neither was right,
because the description of Nibiru and its position when it nears
the Sun indicated that it could not be Mars, and it could not be Jupiter.
And then one night I woke up with the answer: Of course, it is one
more planet that comes periodically between Mars and Jupiter; it
is sometimes nearer to Mars and sometimes nearer to Jupiter,
but it isn’t Mars or Jupiter.
Once I realized that this was the answer, that there is one more
planet, everything else fell into place. The meaning of the Mesopotamian
Epic of Creation on which the first chapters of Genesis are based
and all details about the Anunnaki, who they were and who their
leaders were and how they traveled from their planet to Earth
and how they splashed down in the Persian Gulf and about their
first settlement, their leaders and so on and so on, everything
became clear! The Sumerians had immense knowledge.
They knew about Uranus and Neptune and described them and they
knew about Pluto. They were proficient in mathematics and, in many
respects, their knowledge surpassed moderm times. They said, “All
that we know was told to us by the Anunnaki.”
The first book’s innovation, its impact, was the realization that
the ancient peoples, beginning with the Sumerians, knew of and
described and spoke of one more planet in our solar system.
It was not a discovery like that of Pluto in 1930 (of which the
Sumerians knew six thousand years ago). Pluto was a very
interesting astronomical discovery; textbooks had to be revised.
But to the average person, the man on the street, it really made
no difference. Nibiru, on the other hand was a different story.
If Nibiru exists, (and this is the planet that astronomers
nowadays call ‘Planet X‘ then the Anunnaki exist.
So the existence of Nibiru is not a matter of just one more globe
in our solar system. This is different, because if Nibiru exists,
and the Anunnaki exist, then the Sumerian claim that they come
back to our vicinity every 3,600 years, at which times in the past
they gave us civilization, then we are not alone and there are more
advanced people than us in our solar system.
The first book, The Twelth Planetlays the foundation and
describing Sumerian knowledge and concluding with the existence
of one more planet is really the key to understanding what it is
all about. What the tales of Genesis are, what the tales of creation
are, what our past was, and in a way what our future will be.
The second book, The Stairway to Heaven, looks at the tales
of ancient times, primarily from two new aspects. One was to bring
the Egyptian texts and mythologies into the picture and show how they
fit with the Sumerian [texts] and what they really meant. The second
was to look at the issue of man’s search for immortality. And this ties
in with the Sinai, it ties in with the landing place, with the spaceports
in the Sinai Peninsula, the role of Jerusalem and all that.
The third book, The Wars of Gods and Men, continues the story and
shows what happened after Kingship, a new phase of civilization,
was given to mankind. Dealing with the conflict that began with
the rivalry between two half brothers, Enlil and Enki. It relates how
this conflict continued among their sons and their grandchildren,
leading to actual warfare which I call the Pyramid Wars (there were two)
in which, eventually, mankind became involved. That is how mankind
learned to make war. And this deals with a moral or theological subject:
Is man a warrior by nature, or was he taught to become a warrior?
Book four, The Lost Realms, is the tale of the Americas. Not just
what they call pre-Columbian times but four, five thousand years ago,
which was before the Incas, the Mayans and the Aztecs. Who really was
in the Americas, how ancient are some of the antiquities and how
were such incredible megalithic structures built? What for, How come,
and By Whom? The Lost Realms shows that it is part of the same story,
that the same Anunnaki brought mankind or part of mankind to the
Book five, Genesis Revisited, a companion book, was really
written because in the fifteen years since the first book was published,
there have been many scientific advances, especially in astronomy
and all the discoveries of the Voyager Spacecraft, in geology, biology,
the discovery of DNA, the ability to create babies in a test tube,
linguistics, and [in unlocking the secrets of] the origin of languages.
Each such discovery corroborated what the Sumerians had known and
had written, and therefore fully confirmed what I said in my first book.
And each time there was such a discovery I would literally jump out
of my seat and say, My god, this is exactly what the Sumerians said
six thousand years ago!
If you read the relevant page in The Twelfth Planet, you will
see that I quote a Sumerian text that says exactly how the Adam,
the first Homo sapiens, was created.* You will see that this is a
process that today we call the test tube baby process. I quote a text
that describes Uranus and Neptune as Voyager 2 saw them in 1986 and
1989. 1 finally sat down and put together all this scientific evidence,
all these scientific discoveries to show how they match and
corroborate ancient knowledge. Hence the subtitle of Genesis
Revisited is Is Modern Science Catching Up With Ancient Knowledge?
The knowledge that we have acquired corroborates what the Sumerians
knew six thousand years ago. You wonder how is it possible, how could
they know? How, as another example, could their symbol of the
entwined serpents, that we still use today to denote medicine and
healing and biology, be 6,000 years ago, the symbol of Enki, who
engaged in genetic engineering to bring about the Adam? That was
a symbol of the DNA, the double helix of DNA.
How could they know without telescopes and spacecraft that
Neptune is a watery planet? They provided the answer by saying
All that we know we have learned from the Anunnaki. So, you say, Ok.
There were Anunnaki. Now, who were the Anunnaki and where were
they from? The Sumerians say, They came here from Nibiru. And you
say, What is Nibiru? So they say, It is one more planet in our solar
Now, if you say, I’m really impressed by the Sumerian
knowledge, and, maybe they knew what they were talking about
regarding the Anunnaki. But I don’t think there is another planet
with these advanced beings on it near Earth. If so, what is your
explanation of who Anunnaki were? Was there really a race of
giants who existed on Earth half a million years ago? Do you believe
there was a civilization on Earth half a million years ago that
surpassed our own and disappeared? When the focus shifts to
explaining those other people, you have no explanation. I then say,
if you have no explanation, why not accept the word of the Sumerians?
The second aspect of the answer is this. Nowhere in all these books
do I use a text, or do I refer to a tablet and say, I went to this or
that place in the Near East and as I was visiting that place, I shifted
the soil with my foot or with a stick and look what I found! I found
this tablet and look what it says! It says that there was somebody
called Enki who travelled from Nibiru to Earth and splashed down
in the Persian Gulf. No, nowhere do I say, “Look what I found”.
All the time I say, “There is a tablet in the British Museum,
its catalogue number is such and such; it was discovered
in this and this place; the text was first published by this
and this scholar, here is what it says. All the information,
all the sources that I am giving, are academically,
scientifically, scholarly known and accepted sources.”
We look like them. They made us through genetic engineering.
They jumped the gun on evolution, and made us to look like them
physically, and to be like them emotionally. That is what the
Bible says: Let us make the Adam in our likeness and after
our image. Physically, outwardly and inwardly. So much of
what they are, we are.
There is a tremendous difference in the lifespan, which is
the cause of the notions of their immortality. Because one
year to them is one orbit of theirs around the sun. So, one
of their years equals three-thousand-six-hundred of ours.
This is the key difference between us and them.
Then there is the difference in their technological advancement
which enables them not only to travel in space, and to have
traveled half a million years ago, but also to revive the dead
and do other things which in biblical times were considered
I feel that just as they came to earth and created us through genetic
engineering, and mixed their genes with those of Ape-woman, that
one day we will go out in space and land on another planet somewhere
and do the same thing. In this sense, I believe things are ordained in
a grand pattern.
But can events within this grand pattern be determined by individuals?
I think so. Take the story of the Deluge and the destruction of mankind
and the saving of the seed of mankind, through Noah and his ark. Enlil
decided to use the opportunity of the avalanche of water to destroy
mankind, while Enki told Noah, (the Sumerian Ziusudra) about what
was coming. Enki taught Noah how to build an ark and cover and seal
it so it wouldn’t be swamped, and Noah was able to take himself and
his family and others, according to the Sumerians, into the ark and save
the seed of mankind. Here you have a conflict between two leaders of
One felt one way and one felt another way. So the question of free choice,
of what is right, what is wrong, what should be done, what should not
be done, is there all along.
I see my task, or maybe my mission, to bring to the knowledge
of people today what the ancient people knew and believed in.
To do so by being able to go to their sources and their writings
and their depictions, and treating that material not as a myth
but as a true story. Now, my writings have become a basis of
quite a substantial literature. There are two dozen or more books
that are based on my books. These are in theology, astrology,
and so on and so forth, and I am sure there are many more about
which I don’t know. They refer to my writings or are based on them.
I provide the facts as I see them, and everyone is free to interpret
them as they wish.