1.4 – The Mission (5.4.10)

UNNATURAL FORMATIONS [5c]

Peru has long been known as the “Land of Gold.” In ancient times, Incan rulers adorned themselves with it and when the Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th-century, they sent shiploads of their plunder back home to Spain.

“Gold was largely a valuable commodity because of being rare and easy to make jewelry, coinage. And if you’re looking at, like, the ancient Incas, those people are using gold as a status symbol. Many cultures thought it came directly from the gods. People thought gold was so pure, so wonderful, it must heal, and they would actually occasionally ingest pure gold. Certainly, we’re discovering more and more, as we get better at archaeology and as we can look into these things, applications that people have used. For instance, there is some evidence that ancient people had very primitive batteries, and this would be a place in which gold would be very useful because of its electrical properties and its conductivity.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

It should not be surprising, then, to find archaeological evidence of ancient gold mines. But some sites have recently been discovered that date back some 50,000 years.

“All throughout areas in Peru, you see remnants of what could have been ancient mining operations. It’s there. They go down, some cases, thousands of feet deep.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

“Gold turns out to be surprisingly easy to mine for, even though it’s relatively rare. There’s a lot of common techniques ancient people used, and some of them were used, you know, well into recent times. A lot of it, you know, involves using water, often, to change the properties of the rock around it. A lot of heating and freezing, and the gold will come loose.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

In addition to gold, other ancient sites in Peru provide evidence that they were once mined for quartz…hematite…and red ochre.

“They’re used for different things. Quartz is incredibly common. It’s basically silicone dioxide. It’s kind of like glass. It’s a great mineral; it’s hard; but it can be formed into pretty sculptures; you could make quartz statues; you could probably even use it for money before you discovered minerals and gold. Hematite and ochre are much more valuable because of their iron oxide. And particularly ochre is important as a pigment, so as soon as you’re gonna start having painting, cave drawings even, or any sort of art work, you need to make colors. And making color can be a challenge, and ochre is a great source of that.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

Also located in Peru are the world-famous Nazca Lines. While the origins of these ancient geoglyphs remain a mystery, the area in which the lines are located suggests that a major excavation took place there, perhaps hundreds of centuries ago.

“At Nazca, entire mountaintops have been removed. I mean, this all requires machining. And I’m not talking, you know, a little wheelbarrow and a pick. I’m talking sophisticated machinery, because we today would also need sophisticated machinery in order to achieve such feats.”

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

Could the vast flat plain located in the Nazca Desert be evidence of a gigantic mining operation, one that took place hundreds of thousands of years ago?

“Whoever comes here in a spaceship, Nazca would be like a beacon, as in: ‘Come here.’ Because the moment you come to Nazca, you’re sort of confronted with a Cliff Notes to planet Earth, where you have all sorts of raw materials that exist in that one particular spot in very, very abundant quantities.”

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

“I think the Nazca Lines aren’t evidence of search for gold, but they’re evidence of some communication with possibly ETs, or gods, from above.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

But despite the controversy, one thing is certain: the plain, and the lines that scar the surrounding countryside, are not natural formations. But while scientists and Ancient Astronaut Theorists remain divided about who, or what created the Nazca Lines, they are in agreement about one thing: the so-called Band of Holes, located in the Pisco Valley, Peru, is a complete mystery.

“In the mountains of Peru, we have what’s commonly referred to as the Band of Holes, and it is this Band of Holes that were carved or dug into the mountainside.”

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

“It’s a bunch of little, shallow holes, dug into the ground and it’s had all kinds of explanations. Some people say it was just pot hunters, you know, looting, looking for burials. Some people think it looks like some kind of machine was running over the territory. Some people think it was some kind of systematic mining operation.”

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.
(Geologist / Author, Forgotten Civilization)

“They need raw material, be it gold, be it silver, be it uranium, whatever; they need something. And they send something down like a shuttle. It can be a robot. No extraterrestrial is on board. And this robot just caresses over the surfaces and collects and measures raw material, and disappears again.”

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

The holes run about three feet apart and measure six to seven feet in depth, and number in the thousands.

“Often we see regular structures like that and we assume either a person or an intelligent life had to make it, but there’s lots of examples in nature where the natural processes lead to large-scale what we call ‘pattern formation.’ You see it on a small scale in animals. You look at leopards and zebras – leopards have spots; zebras have stripes. Surprisingly, on geological scales, some of the same processes that give you spots on a leopard could give you indentations in the ground and raised areas that would look like hoes. It would take a long time over geological scales, but we’ve had a long time, and that might be what they’re left over from.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

Mainstream archaeologists suggest the holes were used to store grain, but Ancient Astronaut Theorists reject that notion.

“It’s a mystery because who in their right mind would go ahead and dig all these holes? For what? The other intriguing aspect about the Band of Holes is that you can only see it from the air. When you stand down there, all you see is a couple of holes dug into the ground, and it doesn’t really mean much. But if you’re up in the air, there is this long band with these individual holes that you can see, and you can conceivably create some type of message that can only be seen from the air.”

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

But if Ancient Aliens came to Earth searching for gold, why did they leave? More gold still exists here, as do many other valuable minerals. Could it be that ancient mining operations were just the means to another possibly greater end? Or perhaps the real alien mission on Earth was to hunt the greatest prey in the Universe: Man.

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References:

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