Alan F. Alford
Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010) was born in Russia and grew up in Palestine where he studied ancient Semitic languages and became one of the few to master the reading of the cuneiform writing of the Sumerians. After studying at the London School of Economics he took up a career in journalism. There are some questions regarding his academic credentials that are briefly explored by Frank Dörnenburg(g).
Then Sitchin began to develop his theory of ancient astronauts visiting earth in the past from the planet Nibiru (Planet X) and their colonisation of territory in what is now part of Iraq and the genetic manipulation of humans there. He based his theories on his interpretation of Sumerian cuneiform tablets. He also claimed that Nibiru had an orbit that took it to the outer reaches of the solar system and would return soon.
The late Alan F. Alford was initially an enthusiastic supporter of Sitchin’s ancient astronaut ideas but later recanted(k).
Understandably, his ideas provoked a storm of controversy that lasted until his death and after. For my part, I cannot understand how a race capable of space travel did not teach the Sumerian ancestors a writing system better than cuneiform and a medium better than clay tablets. Furthermore, the idea that the climate of a planet with such an unusual orbit could support the development of an advanced race capable of surviving the consequent extremes of temperature, is something I also find hard to comprehend.
Ian Lawton, the British researcher, wrote a rebuttal of Sitchin’s theories ten years ago(a). Further refutation came from Dörnenburg as well as on the PaleoBabble website(b) of Michael S. Heiser(e), a scholar in the fields of biblical studies and the ancient Near East. Heiser has another website with the blunt title of sitchiniswrong.com, which includes an overview of what he perceives as Sitchin’s errors(l).
In late 2017 and early 2018, a two-part article(i)(j) by two young researchers, Jason Jarrell and Sarah Farmer added further criticism of Sitchin’s linguistic capabilities. On March 13th 2018, Clyde Winters also published on the same website a further refutation of Sitchin’s ‘ancient astronaut’ interpretation of the Sumerian seals.
>In 2021, Jarrell & Farmer wrote a two-part article about the Anunnaki (m)(n), in which they concluded “that rather than making the Anunnaki the equivalent of the “Elohim” who created man in the Book of Genesis; they should more properly be compared to the Nephilim and the fallen angels described in Genesis Chapter 6, 1 Enoch, and other extra-biblical texts.”<
Jason Colavito has also drawn attention(c) to the probability that Sitchin drew on the work of the British Assyriologist, George Smith (1840-1876), but distorted Smith’s conclusions in order to bolster his own theories.
Sitchin did not address the question of Atlantis directly until 2004 when he devoted a chapter of The Earth Chronicles Expeditions, where he considered the Minoan Hypothesis and found it wanting. He did not propose any specific location but suggested that there was a possible transatlantic connection. In the same chapter three, he discusses at some length the Phaistos Disk and a possible association with Atlantis! However, his broader views did find favour with a number of fringe Atlantis commentators such as the late Rob Solarion, Andrews and Zeitlmair.
Another follower of Sitchin, Thomas Ashmore, has suggested that some of the Annunaki ‘gods’ were exiled to Scandinavia where their deeds were preserved in Norse mythology(d).
Some of Sitchin’s books are available as pdf files in both English and Spanish(f) and in 2015 Sitchin’s niece, Janet Sitchin included some previously unpublished material of uncle’s in The Annunaki Chronicles. A rather negative review(h) was offered by essayist Noel Rooney.
(d) Nexus, Dec 2013/Jan 2014, (p.41)
(g) See Archive 2909
(h) Fortean Times FT342, July 2016 (p.59)
(k) https://www.eridu.co.uk (link broken July 2018)
Alan F. Alford (1961 – 2011) like many others, including your compiler, was fascinated by the ‘ancient astronaut’ theories of Erich von Däniken and Zechariah Sitchin(e). This led to a compulsive interest in the mysteries of mankind’s early history. Following extensive travel and study Alford wrote a number of books on this subject, beginning with Gods of the New Millennium. This book is now available to read online(d).
His second book, The Phoenix Solution, saw Alford retreat from the ‘ancient astronaut’ concept and publish a partial retraction of his earlier views on the Internet.
In his third book, When the Gods Came Down, Alford appears to advocate the Exploded Planet Hypothesis as the underlying inspiration behind the ancient religions of mankind including Judaism and Christianity. This view might be compared with the recent book from Graham Phillips who proposes a close encounter with a large comet as the stimulant for the introduction a range of monotheistic religions.
In The Atantis Secret Alford expounded the view that the whole Platonic tale is firmly grounded in mythology alone. The renowned classical Greek scholar Prof. Christopher Gill of Exeter University, who wrote the foreword to the book, supports his views on Atlantis.
Alford the turned his attention to the Pyramids and in his later books Alford promoted a theory “that the Great Pyramid’s King’s Chamber had been designed to capture Earth resonance and generate low frequency sound, which it then broadcast via its ‘airshafts’ in order to celebrate the myth of creation.”
His earlier views regarding the Garden of Eden in a 1997 article(b) is worth a read as was his official website(a) that covered his ideas extensively.
Wikipedia also has a useful entry for Alford(c).
His untimely death in November 2011 came as a shock as he was just 50 years old.
(b) See Archive 2224
(e) https://www.eridu.co.uk/Author/human_origins/AAS_Intro2/Sitchin_Message/sitchin_message.html (link broken July 2018) (See Archive 3489)