1400 years ago, a Mayan King was born in Palenque in modern-day Mexico.

Born in 603 CE, and dying 80 years later after a reign of 68 years, King Pakal was considered the greatest King of Palenque.

His reign was the longest known in Ancient Meso-America, but perhaps his main claim to fame is his elaborately carved sarcophagus lid whose contested meaning has sparked vigorous debate amongst mainstream Historians and Ancient Astronaut Theorists, The Palenque Astronaut

The sarcophagus lid shows a man tilting backwards surrounded by glyphs and symbols that run along the edges of the lid representing important components of Mayan cosmology, The Palenque Astronaut

The mainstream consensus among Mayan experts is that this image tells the story of Pakal’s death and descent into the underworld.

However, an alternative explanation of the engraving was put forth by Erich von Daniken in his book Chariots of the Gods where he claimed the lid depicted a man riding on a rocketship, The Palenque Astronaut.

The leading criticism of Von Daniken’s explanation critiques his use of rocket power as the method that would be used by technologically superior Aliens to traverse the Solar system. 

The idea that Extraterrestrials would use rocket power to arrive on Earth seems anachronistic because this type of technology would be primitive to them, The Palenque Astronaut.

However, the use of rocket terminology does not in itself disprove Daniken’s explanation because the mechanism carved on the lid could be an advanced Reactor eg  using antimatter or some other advanced form of propulsion, The Palenque Astronaut.

The Sumerian-Egyptian Connection

A deeper historical analysis based on the works of Zechariah Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles ultimately leads back to Ancient Egypt and Sumer.

Zecharia Sitchin’s analysis expanded beyond the self-contained mythos of one particular geographical area  in determining the meaning of Pakal’s sarcophagus lid.

In his book, The Lost Realms, Sitchin demonstrates that similarities exist between the Burial rites of Pharaohs in Ancient Egyptian Tombs and those observed in Pakal’s Tomb. 

For instance, in Ancient Egypt, a class of priests called Shem Priests wore leopard skins. Maya depictions of similarly clad priests wearing Jaguar skins rather than that of an African Leopard have been found suggesting a similarity in Burial rites. 

Scholars have also admitted that one cannot avoid an implicit comparison between Pakal’s Tomb and the crypts of the Egyptian Pharaohs, especially the funerary scene symbols depicting the journey to an afterlife.

The Palenque Astronaut

In addition, the Legend of Votan relates the arrival of the first man whom God sent to the region who divided the realm into four domains, establishing a City to serve as the Capital of each domain of which Palenque was mentioned as one.

Palenque is therefore recognised as one of the oldest Cities in the region according to Ancient Mayan Tradition.


By the time of Pakal’s death, the vast majority of Anunnaki had aready left earth, but there is the possibility that Pakal was an Anunnaki that had stayed behind, with his sarcophagus depicting his return to the Anunnaki Home Planet Nibiru

it is Palenque’s potential connection to the Anunnaki that is of paramount importance in understanding the Sumerian-Egyptian and Mesoamerican connection that may help shed more light on Palenque and the burial of its great King Pakal.

So perhaps the real question is not whether Pakal is depicted in a spaceship or not, but why in unlocking the mystery of Pakal’s sarcophagus, the mainstream is not investing more time  in exploring the possible connections between Ancient Sumer, Egypt and Mesoamerica as well as the role of the Anunnaki.