The Babylonian Seal of Saturn – Beer & Impossible Astronomy in Ancient Mesopotamia

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The Babylonian Seal of Saturn – Beer & Impossible Astronomy in Ancient Mesopotamia

This Assyrian seal, dedicated to the goddess of beer Ninkasi, is kept in the British Museum in London (like many other stolen artifacts)

It is an ancient find belonging to the series of seals classified by scholars as The seals of beer, in which scenes of deities drinking beer are depicted, they are usually females.

These seals are generally dedicated to the goddess of beer and spirits Ninkasi.

In the scenes, the beer is drunk through straws that come out of some jars called “Gakkul” or “Lamsare”.

As you can clearly see, the seal in the photo also shows some astronomical details, including (above all) what looks like the planet Saturn, surrounded by its famous rings.

It has been attested for some time and by various scholars that the planet Saturn was a planet widely known by the Assyrians and Babylonians, who correlated it with the divinities Ninurta or Nergal, but nothing is known about its observation in previous eras, i.e. the era of the Sumerians or the Akkadian.

How was it possible for the Assyrians to engrave the planet Saturn surrounded by the rings in the aforementioned seal, at least 4/5000 years before their “official” observation by the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens in 1665?

A detail not to be underestimated, since the rings of Saturn not only cannot be seen from the earth with the naked eye, but can only be observed through modern telescopes.

Unfortunately, this seal, beyond some research carried out by independent researchers, remains one of the least debated by academic scholars, why?

Babylonian Seal of Saturn

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