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The first known civilization, the Sumerians, lived over 8,000 years ago. The little that we know of them was left behind on rocks. One of the most interesting and perplexing things they left behind was this image on an ancient cylinder. A perfect depiction of our heliocentric Solar System, with the Moon included is shown (the Sumerians considered the Moon a planet). Pluto and Charon are even depicted as a tiny pair. We only discovered Pluto in 1930, and in 2005 that it and Charon are a double planet. The most interesting part of this picture is the twelfth body way out in the distance to the right. This would be Sedna. Discovered in 2003, it easily could have been right around the area depicted in the Sumerian star map over 8,000 years ago. This proves that the first known civilization on Earth, the Sumerians, had knowledge that was just as advanced as our current knowledge, if not greater. The obvious question this prompts is: how did the Sumerians obtain such advanced astronomical knowledge? 

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Originally posted 2017-12-18 03:20:38.