My thanks to a regular reader here, Ms. P.H., for sharing this article, for it's a subject near and dear to my heart: the looting of antiquities and the suppression of information contained in some of them. Readers familiar with my various books will be aware that I have maintained that the Baghdad Museum looting during the last Western invasion of Iraq is more than suspicious on a number of accounts. Most people who have studied the matter are agreed that it was an inside job, myself included. Where I part company with most other people is that unlike them I do not necessarily think that it is an inevitable conclusion that the looting was done by members of the last military alliance - i.e., by "covert teams" of intelligence operatives of the USA or the UK.

Indeed, I have argued at times that France or Germany could be equal culprits, given the teams of French and German archaeologists and Assyriologists assisting the regime of Saddam Hussein in uncovering and cataloging ancient Iraqi sites.

But howsoever one parses the looting itself, it is the aftermath that has intrigued me even more, for as I have also pointed out, the efforts of US Marine Col. Bogdanovich to recover and restore some of the looted items appears - to this researcher anyway - to be a successful effort that was turned into a cover story to mask the non-return of certain items. What do I mean by this?

Simply this: when one attempts to research the whole sorry episode of the Baghdad Museum looting, one quickly discovers an odd discrepancy, for the items returned to the museum are largely objets d'arte, and not cuneiform tablets. Indeed, we don';t really know if any tablets were looted, but my suspicion has always been that they were, and that these items have not been returned. Indeed, a few years ago I blogged about the Iraqi government's attempts to recovered some eighty-thousand plus cuneiform tablets form the government of Spain that had been stolen from Iraq . Spain did not steal them, but was not moving too quickly to restore them, and no one seemed to be asking the essential questions: how did the tablets get to Spain in the first place? Why wasn't Spain returning them? And what was on the tablets?

I have advanced the high octane speculation that recovery of ancient knowledge may have been one of the objectives of the Anglo-American incursion into Iraq, and that perhaps as an added bonus or parallel objective, that the French and German archaeologists and Assyriologists were essentially told by the invaders that it would be a good idea for them to get out and go home...

I remain almost alone in maintaining this scenario, though there are a few others, and all of us have at one time or another been ridiculed for entertaining such an admittedly radical hypothesis.

Except, now, there's this bit of news:

All Things Assyrian Cuneiform Exceptionalism

What is noteworthy about this article is contained in its opening paragraph: thousands of cuneiform tablets are leaving Iraq. Doubtless some of this is via a black market, but black markets and antiquities smuggling - particularly on such a scale - implies something disturbing, at least, to my bystander's mind: it requires organization, money, and contacts, such as only intelligence services are likely to provide. Which raises in its roundabout way once again just why such a program would be of interest to them.

There is a second question raised, and it is also the obvious one: how do we know that all these looted tablets are indeed ending up in places where they might be translated? There is not a shred of proof for what I am about to suggest, but I suggest it nonetheless: any such network as can organize the international looting and distribution of such antiquities will probably vett such tablets for their basic content... and withhold any deemed to contain important information. And there are, of course, indications that there are such hidden influences and players at work... but no one wants to talk about those within academia, and few even in the alternative research community are aware of it. It is, perhaps, the story that is best told elsewhere. But the questions remain: who is orchestrating this massive cultural theft? Where are the tablets going? and most of all, why is it being done?

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. terminally skeptical on February 24, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Relatively soon after the 9-11 “retaliation” I read a Michael Salla article that hinted at the possibility of an existent Stargate Technology somewhere beneath of sands or Iraq. This might then have been, some conjectured, the real WMD that was so abuzz in soundbite media. Since then I’ve stumbled across the mention of Stargate in or around Iraq a few more times but nothing even remotely approaching quality journalism.

    Does anyone here at GDS know if that rumor has gained any traction, reached a dead end or whether it was essentially another red herring planted by the obfuscation specialists?

  2. johnycomelately on February 24, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I think the tablets are of interest as they are the sole purveyor of the ‘out of the Middle East’ hypothesis for modern civilization and a whole lot of religions are vested in that scenario. For some unknown reason the power brokers are mightily interested in making the Palestinian backwaters the center of the world.

    There seems to be a distinct effort to maintain the Sumer origin of civilization to the detriment of recent credible finds that unnervingly point to a distinctly Aryan origin of civilization (and we know what happened to the last group that pushed that agenda). How many people have heard of Vinca? Which predates Sumer by several millennia and with a writing script that seems to be the origin of modern writing. Not to mention the tall white mummies the Chinese seem to be fond of decapitating and hiding.

    To me it seems there are two groups at work, those who are interested in historical reality (unfortunately they may be the post war fascists) and those who are vested in maintaining the status quo and creating some bizarre scenario in the the ‘holy lands’.

    This seems to be a war about who gets to write history.

  3. Enlil's a Dog on February 24, 2014 at 12:46 am

    It’s all fine and dandy to go in and steal thousands of Cuneiform Tablets under the guise of an allied invasion and get away with it, but the problems associated with translation still exist. There really are not too many people in the world that are fully qualified to read, write and translate Akkadian and an even smaller number are able to accomplish the same with Sumerian – this is according to a specialist of the Akkadian language I had some contact with from the University of Oxford last year.

    According to my Oxford contact, there just isn’t enough funding (OR QUALIFIED PEOPLE)) available to place teams into museum vaults all over the world, pull out all the tablets and get to work. Therefore, there are strict restrictions on student intake at the major Universities that teach near eastern Mesopotamian languages such as Akkadian and Sumerian.

    If the tablets were stolen to serve and unknown agenda then my question is – who is doing the translations for these people? The ones that are capable and qualified to do so are too busy marking 5000 word essays, 30,000 word dissitations and conducting lectures and tutorials at places like Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and the University of Pennsylvania et al to be off gallavanting about for black project agendas.

    Where are the translators coming from???

    • MQ on February 24, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      If translators were needed (assuming some cobbled “Google translate” weren’t available) then I’d reckon that elites would be able to pay more than enough to have 1 or more scholars churning away at the problem. University pay isn’t all that great unless you’re near the top. Anyway, a language is an algorithm of sorts. Once you know the basic structure, a computer would at least take up some of the load of the translation (but then I’m a programmer so I think that way).

      I’d think you’d only need to get copies (photos, rubbings) of the cuneiform tablets rather than having to keep the whole lot of thousands. Unless keeping them is a denial of resources for someone else. I’d imagine the tablets discussing how to create/locate Tablets of Destiny, how to contact our galactic cousins, embarrassingly advanced technology, etc or perhaps they’re all just shopping and “Honey Do” lists from Sumerian housewives…

      • Enlil's a Dog on February 25, 2014 at 12:22 am

        From a programming perspective I take on board what you say about language structure, but how does a computer interpret, ‘pun’ and ‘context’ correctly in this case? Both Akkadian and Sumerian are both loaded with puns or slang if you will.

        Anyway, I have a feeling that whatever they were after was perhaps highlighted a long time ago by some Assyriologist and they went in there knowing full well what they were looking for, taking the rest as part of a smoke-screen ruse to make it appear to the world that it was a mass looting rather than a well executed robbery.

  4. Miguel on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I am very interested in the Spanish angle in all this or the use someone may have done of spanish human resources on the ground.

    There were several incidents such as the assasisation of the young Spanish Intelligence liason at his residence in Baghdad by someone he knew, in what it appeared to be an inside job.

    Plus the organized (vs random) “ambush” of a convoy of Spanish military personnel in what also appeared as another inside job since no one else other than friendly allies had info on its precise route.

    It is very unlikely that the government of Jose Maria Aznar had any knowledge or acquiescence to any kind of organized looting…but of course he was proven extremely naive in his former dealings with the US/UK stablishment during the post-9/11-Iraq invasion, and as it has always been the case, there had to be a proxy (person) inside the spanish military/intelligence infrastructure taking direct orders from his de-facto superiors and channelling resources accordingly while keeping the elected spanish politicians or direct command structure in the dark…

    Years later in 2005/2006 Spain was up in arms over leaks that surfaced to the effect that civilian and military facilities in Spain were used for lay-over of “CIA flights” alledgedly carrying detainees to Guantanamo. Was the story leaked by someone fed-up with the intrusion/extortion (post 11-M (Madrid train bombings) or was it purely a cover-up to another type of side-show?

    be it as it may… I am very interested in the spanish angle to this story… Dr Farrell if you could kindly elaborate your views…

    Thank you

  5. Robert Barricklow on February 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Perhaps some translations have led to “discoveries”, and/or also knowledge of more revealing; but puzzling writings of intriguing artifacts that function. Those legendary “tools” that are hidden, implied or written about; that they so keenly covet.
    On other planets? On other moons? In plain sight, with only cuneiform translated tablet(s) to unravel the key puzzle(s)-out?

    • jedi on February 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

      how about keeping secret the abysmal quality of life of the slaves, and the priest class with there trickery, knowledge, brainwashing techniques which were used to “cattle people” presumably identified by there physical characteristics. Some of the royal tablets I have “personally” deciphered, from the boneheads in Armarna were orders for among other things females and soldiers.
      Also the use of blood and fire in the making of concrete. And then there is the evidence of very high rpm drilling equipment. As well as knowledge of sound frequency being used in construction, and transmission of information using a binary encoded language.
      Of course this information rewrites all our lame stream indoctrinated blatant and outright lies of our historical knowledge of our ancestors and what they knew/ thought of our origins, as well as altering/ understanding genetic codes and nuclear energy . Many retired university professors quip that true knowledge begins after they left the house of professional liars.

      • Robert Barricklow on February 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

        There is the outright slavery, that today outnumbers the past; all suffering from violence & fear.
        And there are the sophisticated brainwashed ones, thinking they are free; but, alas, they are just another form, that has been manufactured from consent.

        • jedi on February 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

          if you feel hatred or fear you are being misled. In the ignorant days of pole burning people, the churchs would get the masses in a state of absolute fear and then “deliver” the message.

          like Admiral Morrison son crooned…people are strange. People are even stranger when you walk through “there” doors.
          Dr Strange love…..

  6. marcos toledo on February 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I wonder if a computer translator app has been created to translate these cuneiform tablets by the intelligence agencies as early as the first gulf war. But then this looting of knowledge by the Europeans has been going on for at lest a millennia the fourth crusade comes to mind.

  7. Aridzonan_13 on February 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    How many were already translated is the question and were the translations absconded with as well? Once again, a tip of the iceberg view.. And we were lucky to get that.

  8. jedi on February 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    The one stolen piece that caught my eye was the ayran women on top and a bunch of african looking people bringing food to the temple

    ahh the good ole days for the shepherds…..too bad the idiots can read and write.

    print money…fill stores…print money…take over nation.

  9. scrurge on February 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Greetings! First let me say that I am most pleased that you and Catherine Austin Fitts are collaborating on occasion…As for this topic ( cuneiforms in Iraq )…let me say that 11 years ago I penned a short story that involved a covert strike force that went into Iraq simultaneously with the 2003 invasion…it was my premise that the invasion was a cover for the strike force…ha…as an amateur “remote viewer” I sensed that through infra-red satellite photography that a “life form” was detected below ground near ( or at ) the Acadian ruins…so this strike force was an advance team that went in under the cover of the invasion to either destroy or contact the “alien life forms”…well anyway…I never finished the short story and the antiquities you mention in the above article may have relevance to uncovering the “real” reason that the invasion took place…as we all know private investors/collectors have many stolen art pieces hidden away in their basements…for private viewing…There was also a rumor that Kadaffi had an artifact given to him by Saddam Hussein that had extra-terrestrial properties ( a “power” object of sorts )…this may have contributed to Kadaffi’s “big-headed” ideas for Africa….which thus lead to his demise…the world of antiquity is very fascinating…wish I could read cuneiform tablets ..haha

  10. PatB on February 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I’ve followed your writings for a while now but I’ve never seen mention of the role of former Skull and Bones member L. Paul Bremer in this tragedy. He took over as Iraqi Provisional Governor in the immediate aftermath of the looting of the Iraqi National Museum. What indicates a well conceived, premeditated strategy here is his background. His relationship to the September 11 “made for TV” production is full of incredible, probability defying coincidences which further defy logic once you realize his earlier career milestones. In addition he was raised in a home where one parent was an expert in art history so there is a significant possibility that he would uniquely appreciate the value and hidden knowledge of these 6000 year old clay tablets.

  11. Lost on February 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

    And Johns Hopkins has all sorts of ties to covert US government and corporate activities. Maybe even more so than the usual suspects.

    Lots huge military contractors based in Maryland, just outside of DC. SAIC, Lockheed-Martin, likely Titan Security too.

    So so someone from Johns Hopkins calling attention to this new idea of a market for cuneiform tablets is intriguing to say the least.

    • DanaThomas on February 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Dr. Cooper’s plea to “conserve, study, publish, and then, if appropriate, repatriate” sounds ever-so-reasonable, better than having tablets “gather dust”. It still fails to explain the large-scale looting with evident official connivance, and even less so, why funding for study should apparently now be forthcoming for translating long-dead languages, when so much remains to be done with texts already present in museum basements.
      And yes, maybe after decades if not centuries of study, and perhaps even publication, the artefacts might actually be repatriated!

    • Don B on February 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Lost, I think your suspicions are well founded. Not related probably, but I think JH is the university that did a very thorough genetic study of the Khazarian and their origins. In part, the study found that they did convert to Judaism and mixed in some cases with Jews of the region and then moved westward into Germany and so on. So, they are probably as least part Jewish, in my opinion. Groups of tribes have been mixing for millennia. Some of the greatest Jewish mystics and scholars have emanated from this group. Dana, I agree that the tablets are just gathering dust and I have to think there must be some reason, according to my very suspicious mind.

  12. DanaThomas on February 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The figure of 80,000 tablets is truly shocking when we recall that the entire British Museum collection of the Library of Ashurbanipal contains about 31,000 tablets(a tidbit: a glance at the Library of Ashrubanipal page at shows that the Andrew Mellon Foundation is one of the supporters of the cuneiform project…).
    As for the issue of translation, the languages of Mesopotamia, needless to say, are a highly specialized area of study. Perhaps more than one academic or graduate, in these difficult times, would be willing to provide well paid consultancy to examine and work on various collections, “private” or even stored in “prestigious” institutions – no questions asked….

  13. Patucawarrior on February 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I first began writing about this in 2009…

    “Ancient Iraq Being Destroyed”

    Stay on this Dr. Farrell…

  14. Patucawarrior on February 22, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I first began writing abiut this in 2009…

    “Ancient Iraq Being Destroyed”

    Stay on this Dr. Farrell…

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