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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

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The Ubaid Period

Ancient Lizard Figurines

The Chalcolithic Period Mesopotamia

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Early Scailies

Early furries?

in these comments not one mentioned dinosaurs. Is it possible that dinosaurs due to the death of humans from dinosaurs maybe were considered some higher form than humans at that time? Although the comments I am reading about the fallen angels is interesting who really knows why they made those statutes

Peter Harrap's picture

Looking at the figures their sexual samenesses to ourselves have me wondering whether they are :

  1. The people with naturally elongated skulls
  2. Beings identified as being similar to ourselves to remove future and then present fears of them (as first post indicates is necessary!)
  3. Stuff made by art students on a rainy day featuring their mythological characters ( for me the most likely)
  4. Fantasy figures such as we get these days in MacDonalds and in books like Harry Potter.

Origin of people living in Sumer is unknown?

They left inscriptions saying they were black headed, they came from Aratta (Ararat-Armenia), they told about their two rivers (Tigris and Euphrates of Armenia), mount Mashu ( Masis in Armenian) and their artefacts show they were Armenoids. Aratta is today's Metsamor. Sumerian is the name given to them by modern historians after the city Sumer- Shinar in Bible. Shinar+ar is a builder in Armenian with AR being God Creator. People living in Sumer called their God Enki which had several names, one of them being Haya...Hay means Armenian in Armenian language.

The Sumerian Anunnaki God Enki (Akkadian Ea, Armenian Haya), with the twin streams of the Euphrates and Tigris emerging from his shoulders.

Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden. By Andrew Collins

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