Zecharia Sitchin was born in Russia and raised in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and
European languages, the Old Testament, and the 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.
Mr. Sitchen believes that we are not alone in the universe. Going back over half a million a years the planet has been visited by UFO's and aliens
who come here every 3,600 hundred years, from a place called Nibiru. These entities were not reptilian in nature, but were humanoid, genetically
altering the hominid race that existed on the planet at that time, to look like them, think like them, and to learn from them.
For those unfamiliar with Sitchinís hypothesis, he proposes that ancient texts describe the visits to Earth of an extraterrestrial race of gods known
as ëthe Anunnakií. According to Sitchinís interpretation of these ancient texts, the Anunnaki-gods came down to the Earth 445,000 years ago from a
planet known as Marduk or Nibiru ñ a planet which remains in our solar system on a vast elliptical orbit of 3,600 years. The Anunnaki then created
Homo sapiens, partly in their own image, using a process of genetic engineering. The purpose of this ëcreationí was to engage Homo sapiens as a
slave, and thereby increase the efficiency of the Anunnakiís gold mines on Earth. According to Sitchin, this gold was required back on the home
planet of the Anunnaki, to protect the planetís atmosphere from degradation. This must have worked, because many millennia later the leaders of the
Anunnaki allegedly returned to the Earth, granted civilisation to the Sumerians and Egyptians, and lived alongside these human cultures for more than
a thousand years.
In 1976, Sitchin's first book, The Twelfth Planet, began an odyssey that has literally transformed the field of ancient history; in 1993 came the
sixth book in his Earth Chronicle series, When Time Began. Among other mindboggling assertions, this book links the complex calendar of Stonehenge and
the puzzling ruins of Tiahuanacu in Peru to the ancient culture of the Sumerians, and by extension, to the Nibiruans, who are also called the
To date, Sitchin has deciphered more then 2,000 clay cylinders from that ancient land on the Persian Gulf that existed some 6,000 years ago. Some of
these fragments, which date to 4,000 B.C., are in museums around the world. One fragment in particular, presently in Germany, indicates that Earth is
the seventh planet, counting in from Pluto. The time frame here is four millennia before modern Astronomy confirmed the existence of Pluto as an
actual planet in our solar system.
So how did an ancient race of people know this fact? Sitchin says it is because these ancient people did not come from Earth, but from Nibiru. The
work of Zecharia Sitchin is based on clay tablets that were found in modern day Iraq (Sumeria). These are the some of oldest recorded writings known
to man. Sitchin's work consists of eight books.
Zecharia Sitchin says that he first realized aliens colonized earth when he discovered that the mythology of the Sumerian people spoke of real places
and real things. For him the moment of discovery arrived when he came to a stunning conclusion about our familiar solar system. In a July 1993
interview, he told Connecting Link Magazine that the Sumerians knew there were not only nine planets:
"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 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!"
Sitchin skeptic Ian Lawton gives an overview of Sitchin's theories on his website: "Not only does he suggest that a race of 'flesh and blood' gods
who were capable of space flight visited Earth from their home planet, which the Ancients called 'Nibiru', nearly half a million years ago. He goes
on to speculate that they came in order to mine precious minerals which were abundant on our planet; that they created modern Homo sapiens by genetic
engineering, mixing their own genes with those of the primitive hominids they encountered ('in their own image'); that they did this in order to
create a slave race to take over the mining and refining work; and that they lived for sometimes thousands of years, were capable of good, evil,
compassion and brutality, and warred with each other and their human offspring"
Sitchin described what led him to these remarkable conclusions: "My starting point was, going back to my childhood and schooldays, the puzzle of who
were the Nefilim, that 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."
Sitchin translated Nefilim as "those who from heaven to earth came." (Standard translations have it as "fallen ones."), a meaning he says is
identical with that of the Biblical Annunaki. For him, his "discovery" that the Nefilim (also spelled Nephilim and translated in the King James
Bible as "giants") were synonymous with the fifty mysterious gods of fate in Sumerian mythology, the Annunaki, led him to a startling conclusion.
The Annunaki are extraterrestrials:
"Ever since the publication of my first book (The 12th Planet) in 1976 I have asserted that Sumerian and other ancient Near Eastern texts and
depictions showed familiarity with a complete Solar System that included, beside the Sun and the Moon, ten (not nine) planets -- the 3,600 years. Its
Sumerian name was Nibiru."
Sitchin believes that this planet is the key to solving the mystery of the Annunaki: "If Nibiru exists, (and this is the planet that astronomers
nowadays call planet X) then the Anunnaki exist."
Sitchin wrote and article for his website in May 2001 claiming that this mysterious planet has been located by astronomers. He cites an "alternative
theory" proposed to explain the oddly eccentric orbit of a comet named 2000 CR/105. While one theory has it that Neptune exaggerated the comet's
orbit, the alternative theory says that a Mars-sized planet could possibly affected the comet's orbit. Science magazine said "A Super-comet
following an unexpectedly far-flung path around the sun suggests that an unidentified planet once lurked in the outermost reaches of the solar system,
an international team of astronomers reports.
Sitchin believes this closes the case on his ancient Annunaki astronauts. However, even if this planet does exist, it is a vast leap of logic to
assume that it is the home of alien builder-gods. Sitchin may believe that if Nibiru exists the Annunaki must, but there is as yet no evidence that
one leads to the other. In fact, Sitchin's theory is vastly more ambitious than merely adding one more planet to the solar system's roster. On his
website he says: "According to the ancient texts as interpreted by me, Nibiru was a planet ejected from some other planetary system in outer space
that was captured into our Solar System as it passed near Neptune. It became involved in a collision with a pre-existing planet where the debris of
the Asteroid Belt are now. As a result of that collision, some 4 billion years ago, the Earth and the Moon came to be where they are now."