Navigate Open SETI with the Istanbul Object

Open SETI is becoming a large and complex website. To help you find your way around, we have provided "The Istanbul Object". One or more copies of this vehicle can be found waiting near the bottom of most pages to take you "Home" or to the next or previous page in a logical sequence of development.

Other ways of getting around include the Table of Contents and article listings on the home page, the Open SETI Search Engine, and Open SETI At a Glance, a comparison of the classical and Open SETI paradigms, with links.

The pages are also heavily cross-linked and also linked to external sites. In most browsers, external sites will open in a separate window. We want you back!

What is the Istanbul Object?

As described in his books Divine Encounters (Sitchin, 1996) and The Earth Chronicles Expeditions (Sitchin, 2004), which devotes an entire chapter to it, Zecharia Sitchin (a scholar of Sumerian history and language)1 located this object in the archives of the Museum of Archaeology in Istanbul. As you can see, it appears to be a model of some sort of rocket sled with a space-suited figure riding in it.

The object was reported to have been unearthed during regular archaeological excavations at the ancient city of Tuspa (now Van), southeast of Lake Van, Turkey, in 1973. The kingdom of Urartu flourished there between 830 and 612 B.C.E.

But the museum curator explained that the object was being kept out of sight because it could not be an authentic ancient artifact. It had to be modern. The reason, he said, was obvious: because it suggested the presence of a high technology that did not exist prior to the present era.

However, it was clear from the manner in which the object had been stored that it was actually highly prized by the museum authorities.

Courtesy Anton Parks / Le Secret des Etoiles SombresSitchin made presentations to the museum and to two very serious gentlemen from the Turkish Department of Antiquities, demonstrating that the suited occupant very closely resembles figures found in central American ancient art works - including the posture and details of the suit. For example, see the discussion of Tumua on one of our sister websites.

For Sitchin's efforts, the museum displayed the object for a short time among a group of modern forgeries, in fact labeling it as a fraud, and then discreetly returned it to deep storage.

And thus is our modern world myth (The SCAM)54 once again maintained and preserved.

We believe the object to be authentic. However, in our typical irreverence, we supplied the blue exhaust flame and replaced the astronaut's missing head.