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"Our sun is one of a 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living thing in that enormous immensity"
– Wernher Von Braun
According to ancient alien theorists, extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations and forever changing the course of human history. But how did this concept develop, and is there any evidence to support it?
Ancient alien theory grew out of the centuries-old idea that life exists on other planets, and that humans and extraterrestrials have crossed paths before. The theme of human-alien interaction was thrust into the spotlight in the 1960s, driven by a wave of UFO sightings and popular films like 2001: A Space Odyssey. The space program played no small part in this as well: If mankind could travel to other planets, why couldn’t extraterrestrials visit Earth?
In 1968, the Swiss author Erich von Däniken published Chariots of the Gods?, which became an immediate bestseller. In it, he put forth his hypothesis that, thousands of years ago, space travellers from other planets visited Earth, where they taught humans about technology and influenced ancient religions. He is regarded by many as the father of ancient alien theory, also known as the ancient astronaut theory.
Most ancient alien theorists, including von Däniken, point to two types of evidence to support their ideas. The first is ancient religious texts in which humans witness and interact with gods or other heavenly beings who descend from the sky—sometimes in vehicles resembling spaceships—and possess spectacular powers. The second is physical specimens such as artwork depicting alien-like figures and ancient architectural marvels like Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt.
If aliens visited Earth in the past, could they make an appearance in the future? For ancient alien theorists, the answer is a resounding yes. They believe that, by sharing their views with the world, they can help prepare future generations for the inevitable encounter that awaits them.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of Amesbury and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
Archaeologists had believed that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC, as described in the chronology below. One recent theory, however, has suggested that the first stones were not erected until 2400-2200 BC, whilst another suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC (see phase 1 below). The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge monument. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate burials from as early as 3000 BC, when the initial ditch and bank were first dug. Burials continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years
What are Maoi?
Moai were large statues which were large faces atop an upper torso. They are about 13 feet high and weigh about 14 tons. The 887 moai of Easter Island dot the coastline. Supposedly, the moai were probably used as ceremonial statues. Archaeologists believe that they represented the spirits of ancestors, and chiefs. They were built on a colossal scale yet no one knows why the Easter Islanders chose to build them. They eventually let to the downfall of the civilization depleting their ecological sources.
How were Moai Built?
Moai were built from the volcanic rock of Rano Raraku. This volcanic rock wasn't too hard making in perfect for statue carving. The moai carvers would outline the moai in the rock wall and chip away until it was held only by a thin keel. The moai were then transported to different parts of the island.
How were Moai Transported?
This transportation of the moai is one of the greatest mysteries of Easter Island. These statues were immense and would've required a lot of manpower in order to be transported from Rano Raraku to their present day locations on the island. In some cases, the Easter Islanders had to transport these gigantic statues about 14 miles. Some people suggest that the moai were moved by being placed on logs and rolled down the ancient roads. Others believe that they were moved in an upright position and kept stable by crews manning the ropes. One of the most recent experiments was conducted by Jo Anne von Tilburg who showed that the moai could have been moved to Ahu Akivi in 5 days using 70 men by placing the moai on two large logs and rolling the whole unit on other logs placed perpendicular to it. To see a more detailed account of the experiment visit the Easter Island Statue Project.
Where are the Moai Today?
Today the moai are located along the coastline of Easter Island. They stand atop an ahu, a ceremonial platform built to support it. Many moai, however, never made it anywhere. They can be seen along the ancient roadways where they broke while being transported. Many moai were also left in the Rano Raraku quarry, not moved at all. These moai are one of the most impressive features of Easter Island. To see the many pictures of the moai, visit Explore the Island.
Rongorongo is the mysterious script of Easter Island. In 1864 Brother Eugene Eyraud, a European missionary, mentioned hundreds of wooden tablets which he discovered on Easter Island. Today, only about 21 tablets survive. The tablets have only been partially deciphered yet most of the writing still remains a mystery.
Oral tradition tells us that scribes used obsidian flakes or shark teeth to carve the figures into the tablets. The writing includes about 120 symbols, which represent birds, fish, gods, plants and a variety of geometric shapes. The other unique aspect of Rongorongo is the direction of the writing. Supposedly, the writing starts from the left-hand bottom corner and then proceeds from left to right. At the end of the line you must turn the tablet around and continue reading the opposite way.
The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert of Peru. They have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks or orcas, llamas, and lizards.
The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the ubiquitous reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish ground beneath. Hundreds are simple lines or geometric shapes; more than seventy are designs of animal, bird, fish or human figures. The largest figures are over 200 metres (660 ft) across. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs, but they generally ascribe religious significance to them, as they were major works that required vision, planning and coordination of people to achieve.
The geometric ones could indicate the flow of water or be connected to rituals to summon water. The spiders, birds, and plants could be fertility symbols. Other possible explanations include: irrigation schemes or giant astronomical calendars.
Due to the dry, windless and stable climate of the plateau and its isolation, for the most part the lines have been preserved. Extremely rare changes in weather may temporarily alter the general designs.
I am proposing that the ancient Nazca Indians who constructed these mysterious lines and spectacular geoglyphs in the desert of southern Peru most probably never actually viewed them. Indeed, I have good reason to doubt that the Nazca geoglyphs were ever intended to be observed by human eyes, or the alien eyes of “ancient astronauts” for that matter. On the contrary the Nazca lines were most likely intended to be viewed solely by the eyes of the sky dwelling gods that the Nazca Indians quite evidently believed in.
The Nazca Lines, and more particularly the wonderful animal geoglyphs, are certainly ancient religious art. The geoglyphs served not only as an impressive offering of art honouring these sky dwelling gods but very possibly were even intended to be ‘signals’ to these sky gods in an effort to communicate with them.
While Erik von Daniken was, in my view, not out of line in suggesting that the various geoglyphs served as signals to the gods of the ancient Nazcas it is quite unnecessary for these sky gods to be prehistoric visitors from outer space. Indeed there is no solid evidence to support his thesis that the Nazca Lines were landing strips for their space vehicles and plenty of evidence that serves to thoroughly invalidate this proposal.
It is a well established fact that many ancient cultures, no doubt including the ancient Nazca culture of Peru, believed that the sun and moon were sky dwelling gods. The Inca civilization of Peru that superseded the Nazca culture most certainly held this belief. A variation of this almost universal ancient religious belief was that the sun and/or moon were the sky traversing eyes of an otherwise quite invisible Supreme Being. This belief persisted in Western civilization until comparatively recent times; for instance, the sun is frequently referred to as the “eye of heaven” etc. in the works of William Shakespeare and other 16th and 17th century writers and poets.
A radiant “All Seeing Eye of God” that was clearly solar in nature (albeit frequently depicted within a triangle) was a popular symbol of God’s omniscience in the 18th century. This symbol hovers over the altars of Baroque churches and appears on coins of the period. A version of this symbol, which was adopted by Freemasons, is incorporated into the Great Seal of the United States of America. It is still printed on the reverse side of every single U.S. one dollar bill. Even today there are various cultural and religious traditions that preserve the ancient belief that the sun actually is, or, perhaps more realistically, symbolically represents, the “All Seeing Eye” of God.
There is a very good reason for this belief. It is a readily verifiable fact that the total solar eclipse bears an uncanny similarity to an “eye in the sky.” The so-called “hole in the sky” formed by the black disc of the moon mimics the pupil of the eye while the myriad rays and filament like streamers of the sun’s corona distinctly resemble the iris of an eye. This has been metaphorically referred to as the “Eye of God” by modern astronomers.
I have very good reason to believe that the lines and geoglyphs drawn by the ancient Peruvians on the Nazca plateau were created primarily for the viewing pleasure of our resplendent sun and serene moon. I have even better reason to believe that the creation of the Nazca Lines was directly inspired by the genuinely remarkable series of solar eclipses that occurred over southern Peru during the time period over which the Nazca Lines were created.
The Nazca Indians are thought to have existed here between 200 AD and 600 AD, making them the most likely constructors in the eyes of orthodox archaeology. There is little doubt that the Nazca Indians were at least contemporaneous to the lines. Much of their pottery used similar styles and motifs, and carbon dating associated with the lines appears to confirm this:
- The desert heat causes mushrooms and lichens to grow under the stones. The organic matter on nine of these stones, presumably up-turned to make the lines, have been carbon-dated to between 190 BC and 600 AD.
- A wooden stake at the end of a line was dated to roughly 525 AD.
This cave painting on the right is c.10,000 BC and is from Val Camonica, Italy. It appears to depict two beings in protective suits holding strange implements.
These are two cave paintings from Tanzania. Both are estimated to be up to 29,000 years old. The one on the left is located in Itolo and depicts several disc shaped objects.
These are images from Kimberley, Australia (approximately 5,000 years ago). They are Australian Aborigine cave paintings. Aboriginal myths incorporate the idea of "sky-beings", with the Wandjina being among the most interesting to consider. The Wandjina have been preserved in a fascinating oral tradition and in a large collection of rock paintings scattered throughout the Kimberley region of northern Australia. The paintings have received all manner of interpretations from stylized representations of a pervasive myth system to naive "ancient astronaut" theories. It is however fascinating to see that the indigenous tribes viewed the Wandjina as "the spirit in the cloud." Indeed, the unique painting style shows a logical sequence from human figures to stylised representations of clouds. This duality of anthropomorphic form and "clouds" is widespread in primitive cultures and finds an interesting parallel in the biblical accounts in "Exodus."
These photos on the left depict figures found in Equador. Notice they appear to be wearing space suits. You can see a comparison photo with an Apollo astronaut.
More controversial are Father Carlo Crespi figurines. While living in Cuenca in Ecuador he accepted many present from locals. Some of the best ones in the ancient alien context are the ones below. It seems that people were familiar with the concept of human flight and something very close to gas masks or space suits. Here is a good introduction to the Carlo Crespi.
Above, two images c.6000 BC from Tassili, Sahara Desert, North Africa. Also notice the disk in the sky in left hand picture.
This two images are from France, the cave of "Pech Merle" near "Le Cabrerets" c.17,000 - 15,000 BC. The scene depicts a landscape full of wildlife together with a number of saucer shaped objects. The objects seem totally out of context.
The image on the left comes from the 10th Century Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit text "Prajnaparamita Sutra", held at a Japanese museum. In the enlargement you can see two objects that look like hats, but why are they floating in mid air? also one of them appears to have port holes on it. Indian Vedic texts are full of descriptions of Vimanas. The Ramayana describes Vimanas as a double decked, circular or cylindrical aircraft with portholes and a dome. It flew with "the speed of the wind" and gave forth a "melodious sound".
The Madonna with Saint Giovannino - above Mary's left shoulder is a shining, or glowing, disk shaped object.
A man and his dog can clearly be seen looking up, perhaps in wonder, at the floating object in the composite below.
Painted in the 15th century, Palazzo Vecchio lists the artist as unknown; although it is attributed to the Lippi school.
Upon closer inspection, the man seems to be looking away from the UFO, behind him and over his shoulder. Or, more likely, the notably out of place object may be imagined floating above the ground between them.
From either perspective, could Mary be seen as blocking the two babies from the flying saucer's view?
Perhaps the dog glimpses the hovering object ~ with it's mouth open, it could even be barking at it.
But what is that dark, sparkling, disassembled figure beside them ~ a dwarf, or an ethereal being?
A body, legs, head, and tail can be made out. Could this represent a type of alien, or demon?
Also, Mary's halo seems a bit shadowy ~ more like a vaporous disc than a ring of light.
This is a painting on a wood drawer from furniture kept at the Earls D’Oltremond, Belgium. Moses is receiving the tablets and several objects in the sky are seen near by. Date and artist unknown. This supports the claims of many that many biblical events, can be further explained when ufos and aliens are taken into consideration, higher forms of technology could explain some of the events such as writing on stone with fire, parting the red sea, etc... higher forms of technology might explain how some of these feats were performed.
What are the strange, ethereal, almost surreal, objects floating above Mary's doorway?
Who is it peeking out from the doorway at the top of the alley stairs on the far left center?
Who is lying on the bed behind Mary ~ and why aren't the people in the street looking up?
What is the disturbance in the clouds, behind the UFO, exactly opposite the energy beam?
The above painting is by Carlo Crivelli (1430-1495) and is called "The Annunciation" (1486) and hangs in the National Gallery, London. A disk shaped object is shining a pencil beam of light down onto the crown of Mary's head. A
This painting is by Carlo Crivelli (1430-1495) and is called "The Annunciation with Saint Emidius" (1486) and hangs in the National Gallery, London.
This is one of the oldest documented UFO-in-art cases because the first articles about it were published in the sixties, in the French magazine “Spoutnik.” This fresco was “discovered” by Alexandar Paunovitch, a student at the Academy of Arts of Yugoslavie in 1964. After this early publicity, the pictures were featured in many books about UFOs. On many web pages we read that the two objects in the sky are, without any doubt, “spaceships with crew.”
A fresco entitled "The Crucifixion" and was painted in 1350. The fresco is located above the altar at the Visoki Decani Monestary in Kosovo, Yugoslavia.
Should you re-think your religion? Here is a light shining down during the baptism of Christ in this art. Why Is God depicted as a round disk with four beams of light in the sky?
This is clearly not a human skull, we have been fed a variety of unlogical explanations as to why this skull has this formation. Several like it were found in Peru with small variations. Many artifacts that were clearly of Egyptian origin were also found in Peru dating back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. However these two cultures and countries were not supposed to have had contact back then being so far from each other.
(from post linked above)
The first humans came from the Sky, arriving with seed, rake, axe, tools etc.
God sent four of his sons to earth.
Seven people created by God climbed down to earth. After conceiving other people, they returned to the Heavens.
God Rugaba travels upwards to the heavens and then through the darkness.
- Ancient Aliens Series - Episode 1 - The Evidence -
- Ancient Aliens Series - Episode 2 - The Visitors -
- Ancient Aliens Series - Episode 3 - The Mission -
- Ancient Aliens Series - Episode 4 - Closer Encounters -
- Ancient Aliens Series - Episode 5 - The Return -
reply to post by BigFrigginAl
Great post! I'm a firm believer that there is much more to our past than we will ever know, unfortunately. Most debunkers on things like the art will fall back to "religous symbolism", and some instance may be, but even just taking the sample from Crivelli...I dont know how you can look at those guys in each corner and not say...hmmm, there is something more to that.
Originally posted by susp3kt
I now have some reading material for tonight!
Originally posted by XPLodER
you are a credit to ats
a very well thought out thread with lots of new info
i like the wide range covered and have spen 2 hours already and will be back to watch some of the ancient aliens vids
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According to ancient alien theorists, extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations and forever changing the course of human history.
Now, yes, the image on the left in modern day does seem to resemble something of an astronaut as shown by them next to one another, but, that doesn't mean that's what it was originally intended to be or mean. Interpretation is needed to fill in the pieces (as all we have is the figure to go on) so to speak and answer the question of why the age old figure on the left has what appears to be a helmet and some sort of space suit on.
the alleged “alien structures” on earth that some believe to have been made, quite possibly, by extraterrestrials for whatever reason.
Göbekli Tepe (Turkish for "Hill with a potbelly") is a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa (formerly Urfa / Edessa) in southeastern Turkey. The site, currently undergoing excavation by German and Turkish archaeologists, was erected by hunter-gatherers in the 10th millennium BC (ca. 11,500 years ago), before the advent of sedentism. Together with Nevalı Çori, it has revolutionized understanding of the Eurasian Neolithic.
8,000 B.C. - Agriculture & Farming - "The exact origins of agriculture remains unknown, but once chosen, farming developed a momentum of its own: there was no easy turning back, and the very success of the new lifestyle induced other fundamental changes. The ensuing increase in food resources made possible a spectacular growth of human population between 8000 and 4000 B.C. It also required cooperative effort, particularly after the introduction of irrigation led to the establishment of settled organized societies, at first in villages and later in towns and cities, and the development of new technologies, social systems and ideologies." [Based on: Compact History Of The World, edited by Geoffrey Parker, copyright 2003, pp. 16-17] - [First published by Times Books (as The Times Compact Atlas of World History) 1995 - updated and reprinted 2002]
Stonehenge was more than plausible under nothing but human hands.
They are arguably the oldest, and most baffling ruins on the face of the Earth. It is hard to imagine how they did not come to be known as one of the wonders of the world like the Great Pyramid. Spectacular in its own right, the Great Pyramid is, yet it pales in comparison to the ruins of Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, in South America.