In 2012, two stones were discovered by archaeologists, written in cuneiform, in Western Turkey. They were discovered at the Zirayet Tepe archaeological site, literally translated as “pilgrimage mound”, consisting “of a central mound about 30 metres high, and a surrounding lower town of about 30 hectares”. (See link below)
The tablets appear to contain cuneiform inscriptions of a forgotten ancient language. One contains a list of women’s names from 2,500 years ago, some written in the unknown language and some resembling known languages. The nature and origin of this language are unknown. Although it is syntactically and phonetically similar to ancient Sumerian and Akkadian, research suggests it was most likely spoken in the Zagros Mountains, on the border of modern-day Iran and Iraq. The number of languages on the tablet suggests that these women came together from geographically and culturally distant places in the ancient world for a highly organized, and perhaps religious, purpose.
As of this post, the second stone has not been deciphered (at least not officially). Although the second stone allegedly utilizes the same unknown language, it may be significantly older due to the number of cuneiform characters. Estimates vary widely, ranging from the 900 to 3,000 BCE or older. Cuneiform was in use around the area from 4,500 BCE until it was rivaled by the Phoenician alphabet system roughly around 1,000 BCE and completely extinct by the 2nd century CE.
Some evidence suggests that the women listed in the first stone were coming together from distant places for some reason, perhaps to gather around this second stone in a form of early pilgrimage. Another theory is that there was originally a third object, a relic, around which some form of ritual was performed.
According to a researcher on the project, who has refused to disclose his name, the text includes the following fragments:
“When all nations forgot the Great Birth, NN, the begetters, descended from the heavens upon the land and scorched it and the foulest [‘most-unclean’] perished with the sons of the animals…
…thereupon, the children of NN were once again given the kingdom; and Nanu-jar was king, named after the begetters, and reigned for 144,000 years bestowing unending warfare…
…[untranslatable object] was given by the begetters to remember the Birth and the Restoration…
…banished the sons of hair to the underworld [‘cave of the unclean’]…”
According to this source, the tablet ends with an enchantment or divination, invoking the full name of the NN – which could be transliterated as “Nanooj-Nanoch” or alternatively “Nonuuj-Nonukk”– and a prohibition of speaking the name aloud except by an unexplained group of clergy called the “Order of Daughters.” This unspeakable name has no known correlative in any language according to the researchers; however, a strong similarity has been suggested with the name for the Akkadian and Sumerian deities, Anunnaki, translated as either “those who come from Heaven and Earth” or “princely offspring” depending on the source (see the discussion on Wikipedia)
Here is an approximation of NN in Babylonian cuneiform:
Among the damaged sections of text, the source disclosed what could be an ancient description of weaponry, literally translated as “water-lightning” and “fire-rivers” poured from the “winged vessels [or jugs/bottles]” in the hands of the NN. The source emphasized the scattered and highly conjectural nature of these translations. Although slightly later, this sounds remarkably like Greek Fire, an ancient equivalent to a flame thrower or napalm, which has been recorded as early as 424 BCE by Thucydides. It is interesting that these people describe it falling from the sky.
According to the stone, the NN are given the title: “the ones who begin” or alternately translated as “the begetters” emphasizing the “beginning” as a process of reproduction with loose similarity to the words for “lineage” and “father” in related languages. In my reading of the passages, there seems to be a preoccupation with purity of bloodlines. These ancient people seem to believe that they were direct descendants of the gods. But what could the impurities be? Who are the people referred to as the “sons of hair” and the “sons of animals”? It is tempting to conclude that these terms refer to the same group of people, although that is not entirely evident in the text. These terms clearly describe other ethic groups, presumably with hairier appearances.
Should we receive more evidence that confirms the religious pilgrimage model, this religion would be truly ahead of its time. Most religions of this era were nationalistic and often state-sanctioned. Similar to the effect of the Diaspora in Judaism, some centuries or millennia later, the religion may have functioned across state lines, bringing together a multicultural group of practicing individuals. Other religious pilgrimages seem to focus on powerful objects, suggesting to me that a relic of some kind was originally at the location where the stones were found. This relic could conceivably be the untranslatable object purportedly given to the people by the NN. In addition, the mysterious sounding “Order of Daughters” aligns perfectly with the conclave of women who are on the first stone.
Some people, thoroughly outside mainstream archaeology, have suggested the lost text describes an alien race of people. It is unfortunate that the study of the stone is in its infancy, allowing such little authentic and verifiable information. It is also unfortunate that my source from the research project is determined to remain anonymous. These inadequacies clearly plague my discussion and open the door ever wider to conspiracy.
Could the ancient people, who are completely unknown to us, be descended from the gods? Or perhaps god-like aliens? These options are equally unlikely in the eyes of science, but to these ancient people, the belief appears to be genuine.
I should have explained my position more in the original post, given some undesired communications about aliens I have received since posting it and also some professional criticism for lack of reliable sources:
This entry is not a scholarly essay; it is a discussion and dissemination of interesting new developments that, while to some degree unverifiable, are certainly fun to talk about. And, given the tenuousness of the information, I am unable to publish the information though traditional peer-reviewed channels, which pushed me to share it with you all in this limited form intended for a select few colleagues and friends. When all the information is available, I do plan to publish officially (so please do not steal these early thoughts).
Also, full disclosure, I am not a senior accredited authority on the matter. I am, however, an ambitious graduate student at a respected collegiate program.
That being said, I have taken down the original post and my old account, and have included this warning as an addendum to the repost.
The first stone: