Pliny the Elder (AD23-79) refers to ‘gleaming beams in the sky’ in his De Rerum Naturae, which describes how, in 66BCE,
a ‘spark’ fell from a star to the Earth, became as large as the Moon, and then,
shrinking in size returned to the sky. Inevitably we can only speculate as to what was seen. Others
who believe in ancient contact have presented cave and rock paintings in support
of their arguments.
Such pictures have been quickly dismissed by others who
claim that they are merely pictures of hunters wearing ceremonial head-dresses
or masks as a ritual part of their culture. Whilst this may be an acceptable
explanation, it does not account for the similarity of pictures from cultures on
opposite sides of the oceans thousands of years ago.
For example, the above
picture (left) is from a pre-historic rock carving near Capo di Ponte in Italy,
whilst the picture (right) is from the Toro Muerte Desert in Peru, on the
other side of the Atlantic Ocean, yet the headgear drawn is almost identical. Of course, too
much can be read into a couple of primitive pictures, if that’s all that
existed, but it in fact there are other strange representations noted in
pictures and images throughout the world. For example, this ancient aboriginal
cave drawing (above) from 5000 years ago appears to show strange beings with
In 1961, the Russian astronomer Alexander Kazantsev brought
to the attention of the readers of the then Soviet magazine ‘Smena’ a
discovery made by Henri Labote in the Tassili plateau in the Sahara desert.
Labote had found sculpted rocks showing figures with strange rounded heads and
other mysterious scenes.
These sculptures have been dated to circa. 6000BCE
(10). These images are all the more remarkable because of their similarity to
the costumes worn in rituals of the Kayapo Indians of Brazil, a tribe that has
existed for at least 4000 years.
This tribe’s rituals commemorate Gods descending from the heavens bringing with
them advanced knowledge and skills. The ceremonial costume shown here (left) represents such a
‘Teacher from Heaven’. Its resemblance to a modern day astronauts suit is
Similarly this 3000-year-old statue (right) found on the Equador-Bolivian border also appears to represent a humanoid in a space
suit. Yet caution has to
be advised when considering these ancient images for we can only cast modern day
man’s eyes over them and offer a modern interpretation of what our ancestor’s
were attempting to record.
For some of the
images, however, our knowledge of past cultures can offer a better insight into
what the artists are trying to portray.
For example, at first glance, the
Egyptian mural (right) appears to show in the upper left-hand area a helicopter,
with the upper right image appearing to be a boat or even a submarine.
The image below
that resembles an airplane (or even a UFO) and the bottom image could be taken
as a jet-plane.
Yet, in fact, the hieroglyphs are not a record of ancient
knowledge of machines similar to modern technology, but merely a co-incidental
combination of quite common ancient Egyptian symbols. Again this Japanese Dogu sculpture has been proposed by some as the
representation of ancient astronauts.
5000-year-old artefact shows a figure wearing what appears to be a helmet, and
even goggles that should not have existed in that period of history.
although looking bizarre and out of place, the sculpture can hardly be deemed
proof of extraterrestrial contact.
Nevertheless some of the ancient images are quite intriguing.
Whilst this Neolithic cave painting
from circa 3000BCE from south-west France seems to depict a landscape rich in
wildlife but with strange circular discs dotted around the image, other ancient
pictures appear to be much more explicit.
Take for example this cave
painting from circa 2000BCE. found on the Russian-Chinese
border. It could of course be argued that our modern eyes can only interpret
pictures in certain ways.