During an archaeological diggings at Tushpa (today called Toprakkale), Turkey in 1973, archaeologists discovered a precious stone artifact, of which estimated age is about 3000 years old, though some experts cast doubt on its age.
The object – made of a soft yellowish brown stone – was investigated by the famous researcher and author Zecharia Sitchin who describes the artifact as follows:
“The object itself is a sculpted scale model of what, to modern eyes, looks like a cone-nosed space vehicle, 23 cm long, 9.5 cm high, and 8 cm wide (about 5.7, 3.8, and 3.5 inches respectively). It is powered by a cluster of four exhaust engines in the back surrounding a larger exhaust engine. And in its center, the rocketship has room for a sole pilot—a pilot [unfortunately headless] who is actually shown and included in the sculpture…” “ The Earth Chronicles Expeditions“.
Is this small artifact physical proof of ancient extraterrestrial visitations witnessed at Tushpa? Was this spacecraft present in the sky over the Urartian kingdom, millennia ago – or was the object a clever, modern forgery?
If so, it has not any scientific or historical value, according to Sitchin, who gives more detailed description of the object in his book.
“He sits with his legs bent up toward his chest. He wears a ribbed pressure suit; it is a one-piece suit that completely hugs the body. Down the legs and at the feet, it becomes bootlike. It extends and fully covers the folded arms, becoming glovelike where the hands are. The ribbed and presumably flexible suit encloses the whole torso—up to the pilot’s neck..”
How did the suit continue thereafter? Did it become some kind of a head cover, did it stop at the neck with the head exposed, or did the pilot wear a separate helmet or some other kind of protective headgear?
And why does the pilot’s head is missing?
The place, Tushpa, where the object was unearthed is particularly interesting. In the 9th century BC, Tushpa was the capital of the kingdom of Urartu, known as Ararat from the Bible.
The kingdom was located 5 km / 3 miles in the east of Lake Van, a vast inland sea located in the region of eastern Anatolia, Turkey near the border of Iran and the second largest in the Middle East.
There can be found the remains of the Temple of the Urartian God Haldi (Khaldi), the supreme sky god.
His original character as a god of vegetation and fertility was developed by giving him a new role as the national god of Urartu.
Haldi was an engineer in charge of the irrigation canals and the regular flow of water.
In the first millennium B.C., Urartu was a major kingdom, a rival of Assyria to its south. It was powerful and the walls of the ancient Urartian fortress, Toprakkale, were built with cyclopean masonry, which means without mortar, with huge stone blocks only.
The citadel – a high precipitous rock formation of crystalline limestone which rises abruptly out of the plain – extends for a mile from east to west, though only two hundred yards wide at most.
Considering the geological variety of the area around the lake and the absence of such limestone elsewhere near the shore, except at Van citadel itself, it seems clear that – heavy blocks, weighing up to forty tons each and with a bulk of over five cubic metres – must have “traveled” in a special way from a quarry to the construction place at Tushpa.
What was this “special way” of transportation and what is the connection between Tushpa and “the headless spaceman in the rocketship”?
This extraordinary and unique artifact is stored in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, but not on exhibit. Why?
No one knows – there is no official statement about it.