Ancient artifacts have long captivated people with their mystery and beauty. But what if they have even more intriguing origins? The theory of ancient aliens posits that some of the most iconic ancient artifacts were created by extraterrestrial beings. But that doesn’t give a lot of credit to our ancestors, does it?
In this article, we explore the five most iconic ancient artifacts with alleged alien origins that continue to inspire theorists of extraterrestrial intervention.
The Rosetta Stone is one of the most mysterious artifacts in the world. But is it so sophisticated that it’s beyond the capabilities of our earthly forefathers? Or did ancient aliens create it? The large black basalt stone, dating back to 196 BC, is inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt, by King Ptolemy V in three scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and demotic.
According to some theorists, the intricate symbols and language of the Egyptian hieroglyphics could not have been created by humans; it must have come from a more-advanced civilization. Therefore, the Rosetta Stone is considered by some to be evidence of a gift from ancient aliens. I wonder why the aliens didn’t use a more advanced material than stone to write on – maybe something a bit more Space Age-y.
The Great Pyramids of Giza are considered by some to be one of the most convincing pieces of evidence for ancient aliens. The massive size and precise construction of the pyramids have led some to believe that they could not have been built by humans; they must have been created by extraterrestrial beings.
The purpose of the pyramids is commonly thought to be entombment, but many theories propose that the monuments were used for astronomical purposes, religious worship, or as landing sites for alien spacecraft. Aliens must’ve had terrific balance to rest on the pyramids’ tips. Despite the many theories, the pyramids continue to captivate and intrigue people from all over the world.
Stonehenge is a monument dating to around 2500 B.C. It is located in Wiltshire, England, and is considered by some to be proof of ancient aliens. The megalithic structure’s method of construction remains a mystery to this day. The absence of facts on how the massive stones were assembled, however, invites a myriad of theories including those inferring extraterrestrial help.
According to ancient-alien theorists, Stonehenge was used for astronomical purposes or as a landing site for alien spacecraft. I can more easily imagine UFOs landing on the flatlands surrounding the main stones than on the tips of pyramids. Despite the many theories, the true purpose of Stonehenge remains unknown, and it continues to captivate people with its beauty and mystery.
The Moai Statues of Easter Island are among the most iconic symbols of ancient civilization and are considered by some to be proof positive of ancient-alien influence. The massive stone sculptures, ranging from 4 to 33 feet tall, depict the heads of human figures. They can weigh several tons, and they defy logic as to why the sparsely populated island would expend so much effort on their manufacture not to mention their transport. That’s why some believe they were created by extraterrestrial beings.
I could easily imagine the Moai sculpting the stones; that art had been around for millennia. But moving them to their current locations must’ve been a monumental task. Perhaps an alien moving company helped with that?
The Terracotta Warriors are a collection of more than 8,000 life-sized sculptures depicting the armies of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. They are considered by some to be evidence of ancient aliens. The sculptures, dating to around 210 B.C., were discovered in 1974 and offer a unique glimpse into the past.
According to ancient-alien theorists, the intricate details and lifelike appearance of the Terracotta Warriors could not have been created by humans; they must have come from a more- advanced civilization. Sound familiar? The same thing was said about the Rosetta Stone. Do you really think that our ancient ancestors weren’t capable of detailed art forms?
In all the above cases of iconic artifacts, believers in ancient-alien intervention have used the mystery of their construction to fill in the blanks with their pet theories, as opposed to more plausible ones. As we know from Occam’s Razor, the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one. Is it more believable that the pyramids were constructed with ramps, or an alien antigrav crane?
In the end, people in general — and the ancient-alien theorists in particular — tend to believe what they want to believe. And as a sci-fi writer, I do think it would be cool if alien interaction with the ancients was proven. But then the pragmatic, science-trained part of my brain would go ah, come on!
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