1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond (3.8.09)

ILLUSTRATED HISTORY [2e]

When backing up their claims of extraterrestrial visitation, Ancient Alien Theorists draw upon two kinds of examples: there’s the evidence you can read, such as that found in ancient texts, and then there’s the evidence you can actually see. Among the earliest types of physical specimens? Numerous cave and rock drawings and stone sculptures found all over the globe.

“You know, pictures are worth a thousand words, absolutely. When you see pictures depicted, for example, on a cave in Italy that shows two astronauts with helmets on, what the heck could it be? What could it be?”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

Each of these ancient illustrations or statues depict figures dressed in strange attire for the times and sporting unusual headgear. But could they really be representations of Alien Astronauts – visitors from other worlds who touched down upon the Earth thousands of years ago?

“All over the world we have statues and sculptures and paintings and depictions of these extraterrestrials beings. Even in the United States at Sego Canyon, Utah, we have petroglyphs of very weird-looking creatures that have antennae on their heads, helmets. And halfway around the world in Kimberly, Australia, for example, we have the exact same depictions of these helmeted beings with a halo around their heads. And the question I have is: what did our ancestors see that compelled them to put this on their cave walls? On yet another continent, in Guatemala City, we have a sculpture that looks eerily reminiscent of a modern-day astronaut. I mean, that thing is wearing a helmet. There is some type of a mouthpiece. And on his chest are some type of controls or a breathing apparatus. How is this possible 1,500 years ago? And in Columbia, there were thousands of tomb artifacts that look like modern day airplanes. It has fixed wings, it has a fuselage, and it has an upright tailfin, which is not intrinsic to nature, but is intrinsic to modern-day aerodynamics. Did our ancestors see something similar flying in the air? Absolutely. Another compelling artifact that was found was at the Istanbul Museum, where you have this headless spaceman sitting inside some type of a space vehicle. You can see his hands and you can see tubing that go to some sort of devices. He’s wearing a suit. His legs are crammed in there. I mean, even to the untrained eye, this looks very aerodynamic and it looks something that, you know, came from outer space.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“These people witnessed something. They were told something. And they tried to depict it the best way they could with the kind of technology they had at the time. And that was simple tools and simple artwork.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

“Many of these ancient civilizations were widely separated in space and time. They weren’t in communication with each other. But still, they have the same kind of accounts. I think it’s because they all experienced these things and they all have the idea that we’re part of a cosmic hierarchy of beings. So, I think, we can’t explain things away so easily.”

Michael Cremo (Author, Forbidden Archaeology)

But for Erich von Däniken and other proponents of his Ancient Astronaut Theories, perhaps the most significant illustration can be found in Mexico. The Mayan archaeological site of Palenque had been abandoned for centuries before it was stumbled upon by Spanish explorers.

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“So we get to the top of this, and suddenly, here are the Great Pyramids of Palenque.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Here, deep within a secret tomb, under one of the age-old temples lies the seven-ton sarcophagus of Palenque’s 7th-century ruler, Pacal the Great.

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“Lord Pacal apparently died here at Palenque. He was apparently this mysterious Mayan leader. He was a giant. Seven- or eight-feet tall actually. And then they built this pyramid around his tomb. The Mayans literally worshipped him as some kind of God.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

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King Pacal’s sarcophagus is adorned with a carving that has become a famous example of classic Mayan art. Most believe the illustration shows Pacal descending into the Mayan underworld. But Ancient Astronaut Theorists interpret the carving a vastly different way.

“On this slab is an incredible chiseling. You see a man and he is sitting in a sort of capsule. He has some sort of mask on his nose and you see his upper hand, he’s manipulating some controls. From the lower hand, he’s turning something on. The heel of his left foot is on a kind of pedal. And outside of the capsule, you see a linking flame. This is incredible. This is absolutely a proof for extraterrestrials.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

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Mission Control: “Three, Two, One, Zero. Lift off.”

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“If we look at the similarities of what our astronauts look like when they are in a rocket ship or in the space shuttle and have gear attached to them, there are similarities being shown. So, one just has to ask the question of, you know, is this just an artifact symbolically showing something? Or are they trying to depict with their own limited understanding of the time what was taking place?”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“Was Lord Pacal just some Mayan king that everyone liked? Was he some important visitor from some far-off land? Or was he even possibly, some extraterrestrial from another planet?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Although most scientists and archaeologists discredit von Däniken’s interpretation of the Palenque carvings, visitors to the site are often treated to stories and offered souvenirs that support the claim.

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“This is Erich von Däniken’s theory, the Chariots of the Gods?, no? You see, Pacal is suppose to be driving the rocket, holding the controls, the pedals, the engine, and the fire of the rocket. This will be the cabin, no? And this is the oxygen.”

– local Palenque resident

“Mainstream archeologists claim that it’s really a depiction of Lord Pacal and his journey to the underworld. He’s going under the ground rather than out into space. Both are interesting theories, and either could be right in my mind.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

In recent years, Pacal’s tomb has been closed to tourists and casual visitors. Although the sarcophagus is off-limits, Ancient Astronaut Theorists can still find a wealth of evidence in the carvings along the walls of Palenque.

“This is very similar to what’s on the lid of Lord Pacal, of his tomb, the way he’s got his left hand right here in like an odd position and his wrist. Also some kind of rocket exhaust or something is coming out of him.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

But Lord Pacal may not have been the only alien who once walked the Palenque ruins.

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“The Mayans had such an advanced calendar and mathematical system. Why were they so obsessed with the stars? One of the most advanced of any ancient cultures. And yet, the Mayans just vanished around 500 AD. We don’t know where they went. And one explanation is that the Mayans were some kind of extraterrestrials and they literally left our planet.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Ancient cave drawings and stone carvings aren’t the only types of illustrations that fascinate Ancient Alien Theorists. In 1929, historians discovered a map which had been painted onto a piece of gazelle hide. They traced the document back to a 16th-century Turkish admiral named Piri Reis. But in stark contrast to other maps dating back to that time, the map depicts landmasses that were still, as yet, unexplored.

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“It shows the coast of Antarctica as it exists under the current ice cover. Now that’s really pretty amazing because it would tend to indicate that the map was made at a time when Antarctica was ice-free, which would be many millions of years ago.”

Michael Cremo (Author, Forbidden Archaeology)

The map also accurately charts the coast of Europe and North Africa. But it’s the illustrations of Northern Antarctica that truly astonishes Ancient Astronaut Theorists because this region wouldn’t even be discovered for another 300 years.

“We have to remember that Antarctica is covered by at least a mile-thick ice. We didn’t have ground-penetrating radar until 1958. So, for a map to exist in 1531 accurately showing the topography, it’s pretty interesting.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

When cartographers superimposed the Piri Reis map over a modern map of the world, they were amazed to discover that the ancient chart was fantastically accurate in the most minute of details. But how could the creators of a centuries-old map have known of mountains or rivers that had yet to be discovered?

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“In 1531, I really don’t know of anyone who was flying above the surface of the Earth high enough to map topography, and how would they see underneath the ice?”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

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“Their maps were so accurate. I mean, we know that they didn’t go to Antarctica and explore it. But yet, they were able to draw these maps of it.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

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But if Ancient Aliens possessed the technology to travel the Universe, would the only evidence of their journey be in the form of a few carvings or a mysterious map? Wouldn’t there also be signs of a highly-advanced technology? Signs that might be too large to overlook?

“You mean to tell me that people of that time period did this by hand? I don’t think so.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

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References:

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