Oct 26, 2017 I Paul Seaburn

Mysterious 3,250-Year-Old Assyrian Cuneiform Tablets Found

If you’re one who believes that the cuneiform style of writing was brought to Earth by ancient aliens, this story is definitely for you. Even if you’re not, what researchers found recently inside clay pottery in Iraq is still pretty significant. The pottery contained 93 clay tablets covered with cuneiform script dating back to 1250 BCE. If and when this undeciphered writing is translated, will it offer clues to the alleged story of the Anunnaki coming to Earth from the planet Nibiru? Or do the tablets contain news stories about the Middle Assyrian Empire?

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The location in Bassetki where the tablets were found (credit: Peter Pfälzner)

Whatever is written on the tablets, it’s going to take considerable effort to read, let alone decipher. In a press release, University of Tübingen archaeologist Peter Pfälzner reveals that the clay tablets were discovered in Bassetki, a small village in far northern Iraq in what is now autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan. Pfälzner and his team braved the fighting going on around them to dig through layers of history revealing that ancient Bassetki was a flourishing town on the trade routes from 3000 to 600 BCE. That includes the mysterious Mitanni Kingdom in the Middle Assyrian Empire (1392–1056 BCE).

The vessels containing the tablets (credit: Peter Pfälzner)

Why will these important and mysterious cuneiform tablets be difficult to translate? While they were protected from the elements by the pots they were sealed in (one contained 60 of them), the tablets themselves were not baked – a process used when the text was meant to be preserved for long periods. As a result, they’re extremely worn and deteriorating. Does that mean it’s not worth deciphering? Dr. Pfälzner thinks so.

“The vessels may have been hidden this way shortly after the surrounding building was destroyed. Perhaps the information inside it was meant to be protected and preserved for posterity. Our philologist Dr. Betina Faist has deciphered one small fragment of a clay tablet. It mentions a temple to the goddess Gula, suggesting that we may be looking at a religious context.”

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The cuneiform tablets (credit: Peter Pfälzner)

Gula was the goddess of healing, medicine and doctors, so there may be something more to the writing about her than just religion. Doctors and healers were very important persons because the Sumerians believed illness was a punishment from the gods. Could this be information passed down to healers from the Anunnaki? Assuming they actually existed, why would such critical guidelines from ancient astronauts who allegedly arrived 450,000 years ago be recorded on clay that barely survived a few thousand years?

The tablets are now in Germany where they will be examined from various angles under multiple lighting conditions in hopes of identifying the characters and deciphering the cuneiform script. What mysteries will they reveal?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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