The Myth of a 12th Planet: Analysis of Cylinder Seal VA 243

Heliocentric Solar System: The Sumerians were well aware that our solar system was Heliocentric. Moreover they show 11 celestial bodies or planets.The above picture taken from a Sumerian cylinder seal cleary shows that they not only knew the number of bodies in the solar system, but the relative size as well. There is a twelfth body shown away from the solar system. This would be Nibiru. Naturally this seal has led to major contraversy from both sides of the issue, though the old addage “A picture is worth a thousand words” applies quite well to this image. We will leave the contraversy to others, we only present the evidence.

Almost identical seal, but this one does not have the extra planet to the right:

Editors Note: The position of the planets in the above picture also allows for the interpretation that there are nine planets and two moons, judging by the position of two of the bodies. If one remembers that the word “planet” literally meant “wanderer” and as such was used to describe any celestial body that moved through the heavens.

This seal is the centerpiece of Sitchin’s theory that the Sumerians had advanced astronomical knowledge of the planetary bodies in our solar system. This knowledge was allegedly given to the Sumerians by extraterrestrials, whom Sitchin identifies as the Anunnaki gods of Sumero-Mesopotamian mythology. In the upper left-hand corner of the seal, Sitchin argues, one sees the sun surrounded by eleven globes. Since ancient peoples (including the Sumerians according to Sitchin) held the sun and moon to be “planets,” these eleven globes plus the sun add up to twelve planets. Of course, since we now know of nine planets plus our sun and moon, part of Sitchin’s argument is that the Sumerians knew of an extra planet beyond Pluto. This extra planet is considered by Sitchin to be Nibiru, an astronomical body mentioned in Mesopotamian texts. Sitchin’s works detail his contention that Nibiru passes through our solar system every 3600 years, and so some believers in Sitchin’s theory contend that Nibiru will return soon. Some followers of Sitchin’s ideas also refer to Nibiru as “Planet X ”.

The above picture taken from a Sumerian cylinder seal clearly shows that they knew Saturn had rings around it.