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

Comments

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.

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.

Just a thought, but maybe these statues depicted "snakes" in their lives. Government leaders, perhaps? The lizard baby..well, children inherit the results of the parents' decisions so..it's a possibility. We do it today, make comical copies of people in power and human nature was most likely same then, as now.

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