Modern ufology is generally thought to have been born in 1947 with the famous Arnold sighting. The fact is that people have been seeing unidentified
objects in the sky for thousands of years. Many of these sightings can probably be explained by natural phenomenon, athough there are many that sound
like modern UFO sightings. A good example is in the bible when it tells the story of Ezekiel's vision.
UFO's in the bible.
I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of
the fire looked like glowing metal,
In the 60's and 70's the ancient astronaut movement gained popularity. This was led by the swiss author Erich Von Daniken and his 1968 book
'Chariots of the gods'
Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past is a book written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involves the hypothesis that the
technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods.
Evidence for this theory includes ancient mayan drawings that appear to show men in rocket ships, and ancient rock paintings in Australia, Peru and
Italy that apear to show men in helmets.
This cave painting date back to approx 3,000 B.C and are from Kimberley, Australia
This cave painting is from Tassili, Sahara Desert in North Africa. It dates back to 6000 B.C. (Notice the flying disk in the sky)
Source (includes other pictures)
It has also been suggested that Jesus and other leading religious figures were spacemen that descended to Earth.
Supporters of the ET hypothesis believe that ancient UFO sightings prove Aliens have been visiting the Earth for thousands of years...But of course
there is an alternative and skeptical look at the theory. For instance von Danikens reproductions of Mayan drawings, which clearly showed a spaceship,
were said to be edited versions of the originals, altered to promote his own interpretation. The rock paintings of "spacemen" are said to be showing
humans in headdresses or masks.
The earliest recorded ufo sighting is believed by some to be allegedly reported in an egyptian papyrus from the reign of Thutmose III (c.1500 bce)
High and wide in the sky was the position from which these fire circles came and went. The army of the Pharaoh looked on with him in their midst. It
was after supper. Then these fire circles ascended higher into the sky..
-400 BC India: From the Mahabbarata. Blazing discs burned and destroyed an entire city and its inhabitants.
-332 BC Phoenicia, Tyre: During the siege of the trade capital of Phoenicia by the Greeks a fleet of flying shields is described as plunged from the
sky and crashed upon the city walls.
-329 BC Alexander the great
The first recorded incident regarding Alexander the Great and UFO's was recorded in 329BC. Alexander decided to invade India and was attempting to
cross the river Indus to engage the Indian army when "gleaming silver shields" swooped down and made several passes over the battle.
These "gleaming silver shields" had the effect of startling his cavalry horses, causing them to stampede. They also had a similar effect on the
enemies' horses and elephants so it was difficult to ascertain whose side these "gleaming silver shields" were on. Nevertheless, after exiting the
battle victoriously Alexander decided to not proceed any further into India.
The Roman author Julius Obsequens, lived in the fourth century A.D., he compiled a book called Prodigorium liber, which describes many peculiar
phenomena, some of which have been interpreted as UFO sightings.
216 B.C. Things like ships were seen in the sky over Italy... At Arpi (180 Roman miles, east of Rome, in Apulia) a round shield was seen in the
sky. At Capua, the sky was all on fire, and one saw figures like ships...
99 B.C. When C. Murius and L. Valerius were consuls, in Tarquinia, there fell in different places.... a thing like a flaming torch, and it came
suddenly from the sky. Towards sunset, a round object like a globe, or round or circular shield took its path in the sky, from west to east.
90 B.C. In the territory of Spoletium (65 Roman miles north of Rome, in Umbria) a globe of fire, of golden colour, fell to the earth, gyrating. It
then seemed to increase in size, rose from the earth, and ascended into the sky, where it obscured the disc of the sun, with its brilliance. It
revolved towards the eastern quadrant of the sky.
-42 BC Rome: From Prodigia of Julius Obsequens, “Something like a sort of weapon, or missile, rose with a great noise from the earth and soared into
Full timeline 45,000 BC - 9 BC
Timeline of sightings from 60 BC to 927 AD
Another fascinating story to support the ancient astronaut theory is that of the Dogon tribe in Africa.
The myths of the Dogon tribesmen of Mall, West Africa, contain astronomical knowledge which the native people could have neither learned by
themselves nor guessed.
Dogon legends speak of Jupiter's four moons and Saturn's rings, which were not seen by human beings until the invention of the telescope.
They speak of the star Sirius and of a pair of invisible companions. One of them circles Sirius every fifty years, the legends declare, and is made of
a metal that is the heaviest thing in the universe.
Astronomers have discovered that such an object (called "Sirius-B") does exist but only the most sophisticated and sensitive instruments --
unavailable, of course, to the Dogons -- can detect it.
from The Sirius Mystery, by James Oberg
Another proponent for the theory is The Nazca Lines
The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.
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,
The image above is said to depict a spaceship/plane and helicopter from the Temple of Osiris at Abydos
An article that debunks them
IA tablet of clay, uncovered in the Near East many years ago. On the tablet, the Sumerians, the earliest known inhabitants of the Middle East,
jotted down something that looked like a solar system. Earth was there, and Saturn, and Jupiter
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