Lizardmen - Ubaid

The Unanswered Mystery of 7,000-year-old Ubaid Lizardmen

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It is a commonly accepted view in mainstream archaeology that civilization started in Iraq, in ancient Mesopotamia with the great civilization of Sumeria . However, there is an archaeological discovery at the Al Ubaid archaeological site, where many pre-Sumerian 7,000-year-old artefacts were found, depicting humanoid figures with lizard characteristics.

The Ubaidian culture is a prehistoric culture in Mesopotamia that dates between 4000 and 5500 BC. As with the Sumerians, the origins of the Ubaidian people is unknown. They lived in large village settlements in mud-brick houses and they had developed architecture, agriculture and farmed the land using irrigation. The domestic architecture included large T-shaped houses, open courtyards, paved streets, as well as food processing equipment. Some of these villages began to develop into towns, temples began to appear, as well as monumental buildings such as in Eridu, Ur and Uruk, the major sites of the Sumerian Civilization.  According to the Sumerian texts, Ur was believed to be the first city.

The main site where the unusual artefacts were discovered is called Tell Al’Ubaid – although figurines were also found in Ur and Eridu. The Al’Ubaid site is a small mound of about half a kilometre in diametre and two meters above ground. The site was first excavated by Harry Reginald Hal in 1919 . Male and female figurines were found in different postures and in most of the figurines, they appear to be wearing a helmet and have some kind of padding on the shoulders. Other figurines were found to hold a staff or sceptre, possibly as a symbol of justice and ruling. Each figurine has a different pose but the strangest of all is that some female figurines hold babies suckling milk, with the child also represented as a lizard-type creature.

The figurines are presented with long heads, almond shaped eyes, long tapered faces and a lizard-type nose. What exactly they represent is completely unknown. According to archaeologists, their postures, such as a female figure breast-feeding, do not suggest that they were ritualistic objects. So what did these lizard figures represent?

Whatever they were, they appear to have been important to the ancient Ubaidian people. We know that the Serpent was a major symbol used in many societies to represent a number of gods, for example, the Sumerian god Enki, and the snake was used later on as the symbol for the brotherhood of the Snake, as William Bramley discusses. Is there a link between the symbol of the snake and the representations of lizards?  For now, these questions remain unanswered.

By John Black

Related Links

The Ubaid Period

Ancient Lizard Figurines

The Chalcolithic Period Mesopotamia

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Are you so sure these "calculations" are bunk? You can use the same linear regression model used in the leading edges of science and medicine to calculate the following.

Global population today =7+ billion
Global population in 1800 =1 billion
This equates to roughly one population doubling every 60-70 years.
Now run a regression on a 65 year half life and guess how many years you have to go back to arrive at a global population of 2?

Less than 4000
This is a far more accurate method than stupid radioisotope dating which has been debunked a million times. So believe what you want, but if you doubt this method you must likewise totally discount countless established facts of science, economics, and medicine derived by this method. I'm not religious at all but these facts are what they are. Deny if you like but the math doesn't lie. If it did youd already be dead.

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You are absolutely correct that math doesn't lie. When you ask math to graph a line based on two reference points(present population, population in 1800), you are going to get a straight line(a linear progression) every time.

When dealing with something that always answers truly, one must be exceedingly precise when formulating the question.

No. You're leaving out mass depopulating events and subsequent repopulatng. If you're going to be that literal, the near extinction caused by the flood skews the numbers by a magnitude you can't possibly know. Mass depopulating events such as plagues, famines, and wars (the rise and fall of numerous empires) would have reduced populations by massive amounts at every occurrence. Figure in all those events with mass depopulation and subsequent recovery and that "simple" number you start your regression with isn't so simple.

Coming from a Biblical perspective these creatures could be fairly easily explained. If the fallen ones had the ability to procreate with human women, what is to say that they could not procreate with animals? The possibility of a "pan" like creature from Greek myth or of a Medusa like creature - or even quite a lot more realistically, Hercules. Unfortunately we'll never know 100% for sure, though I find it fascinating to ponder.

Have you considered the Bible verse in revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels. Or Revelation 20: He seized the dragon--that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan--and bound him in chains for a thousand years.
It would appear that devils had the form of serpents.

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