Is there a reason that the ancient people trasking the stars were important to their culture, aside from inferred spiritual beliefs? I'm working under
the hypothesis (without evidence for the most part) here that perhaps it was not spiritual, and was not ancient alien stuff either, but was a
practical practice for (bear with me here) early civilizations who may have had some form of space travel. Keep in mind how science and technology
have been advancing quickly in the last hundred or so years, and how long humans have been on the Earth. Regardless of the weather you believe the
earth is over four billion years or sixty-four hundred years old (please do not get into that debate here), this concept I'm about to mention still
holds true. Either way, we have gone from Amish level tech to space stations and smartphones in under 200 years. I doubt anyone believes the Earth is
only two hundred years old, lol.
Keep reading, there's a point to this paragraph. Population density drives technology. Generally once your population reaches a few hundred you are
forces to spit off into new villages or start developing technologies. You also have evidence that a lot a lot of ancient societies had heavy
populations. There are even some indications that technologies existed in the past. Some well known examples are the automated ancient roman bread
factories, Baghdad batteries, and the (perhaps contested) Egyptian lightbulbs, and strong evidence of ancient nuclear explosions in India
(artificiality is contested, however backed up by Indian texts); and of course ancient mythologies about space stations lasers and devices analogous
to smartphones. Where are the powerlines? A lot of ancient myths speak to wireless power grids, which we could build today as shown by Nikola Tesla.
What else might they have had if this is true, and how does it relate to astronomy? If you were colonizing other planets in the solar system, your
monuments built by your civilization might point to where your friends and family are. If you are planning a trip to Mars, perhaps you want to track
its location and plan your trip accordingly. Imagine if islands floated around the ocean and you wanted to go to the Carribean, wouldn't our society
have devices for tracking its movement? This obviously does not happen, but with planets it seems that everyone was tracking them and the cultures
that did track them had myths of "magical devices". Simply replace the word " magic" with the words "high tech" and a magic tablet becomes a
smartphone and a magic wand becomes a remote control.
Now of course we don't find smartphones and spacest stations just laying around, but would we? When this society fails, only these large monuments
survive. You can watch the television series, "Life after People" to see what happens to the rest of the infrastructure. Space stations fall when
their fuel runs out, smartphones turn into sand and rust, power transmitters erode away, skyscrapers fall eventually, etc. Only the large monuments
survive. It just so happens that the larger monuments may before tracking the largest things. Of course, there could have been apps for that.
I'm looking for other ideas and to see if anyone else thinks this.
edit on 30-1-2019 by just2cents because: (no reason given)