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Did "Other People" Build the Pyramids or Stonehenge?

Updated on June 11, 2012
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Pyramid of Khafre at Giza
Pyramid of Khafre at Giza
Early photo of Stonehenge
Early photo of Stonehenge
Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal
Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal
Pyramid of the Niches at El Tajin
Pyramid of the Niches at El Tajin
Moche pyramid at Sipan in Peru
Moche pyramid at Sipan in Peru
Monk's Mound at Cahokia in Illinois
Monk's Mound at Cahokia in Illinois

Apparently ET did more than appear in some darn movie . . .

 

Many people think somebody else built monuments such as Stonehenge or the Pyramids of Egypt. After all, constructing such buildings would have required great feats of engineering, as well as mucho dinero. Therefore, using such logic, Stonehenge wasn’t built by the Neolithic people of Britain; it was built by extraterrestrials. As for the Pyramids, they weren’t built by the Egyptians of the Old Kingdom, Fourth Dynasty, they were built by the people of fabled Atlantis.

Frankly, I’d just like to give credit where it’s due. The archaeological data and historical records show, with a fair degree of accuracy, who built what and when, and I’m getting tired of hearing the pseudoscientific claptrap that says otherwise! So please read on:

Some scholars wonder how pyramids could have been built throughout the world without the help of an extremely advanced civilization. Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods, wrote that these theoretical people helped others build stone monuments from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica. They also spread astronomical knowledge, such as that of the Precession of the Equinoxes. But the remnants of this hypothetical lost culture, perhaps that of the Atlanteans, have never been found by Hancock or anybody else. (That’s because they’re under the ocean, buddy! Hancock is so smart, he's dense. Nevertheless, Fingerprints is fascinating reading, and every fan of archaeology should probably read it.)

Actually, pyramids are found throughout the world because before the Greeks and Romans began using sophisticated building techniques around 500 B.C., people couldn’t build straight up higher than four to six stories without the buildings collapsing under their own weight. However, a pyramid, with its wide base and four triangular sides tapering to a point, allowed builders to erect very heavy and impressive structures hundreds of feet high. For example, the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt, the tallest building in the world until the Washington Monument was completed in 1884, is nearly 500 feet high.

On a more speculative note, Zecharia Sitchin, who wrote The Twelfth Planet, the first book in his Earth Chronicle series, thought that beings from the planet Nibiru created the human race’s first grand civilization, that of the Sumerians in Mesopotamia some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. The Sumerians then diffused these marvelous skills to such far-flung locales as Tiahuanaco near Lake Titicaca in South America, where stone blocks weighing as much as 400 tons have been found. (Perhaps this Twelfth Planet is one of those dwarf planets astronomers have been discovering in our outer solar system. But don’t bet your telescope on it!)

Then, of course, there’s Erich von Daniken, who penned a number of highly imaginative books in the 1960’s and ‘70s (remember Chariots of the Gods?). In this book and others von Daniken asserted that aliens from other worlds influenced various ancient cultures such as the Aztecs, Inca, Maya, Nazca and the Moai of Easter Island, as well as many civilizations in the Old World. He also theorized that aliens genetically altered apes, thereby creating Homo sapiens. It seems those “little green men” really got around, dude!

Perhaps on a less speculative note, in such books as America BC, author Barry Fell theorized that the people from the Old World traveled to the New World long before Columbus and helped the peoples of the Americas build their advanced civilizations. Fell wrote about Celtic Ogham-like inscriptions found on stones in North America. One such inscription apparently shows the Nativity. (The Mormons must love this guy!) However, much of Fell’s work isn’t taken seriously in the scientific community.

As of right now, there’s no conclusive proof that anybody beat Columbus to the New World, other than the Vikings, of course, around A.D. 1000. (Don’t tell me about the Phoenicians, Chinese, Lost Tribes of Israel, Irish or Polynesians.) New Discoveries regarding such matters could be made, of course, and if there is, I’ll be one of the first to view these artifacts or documents, my face agog, my heart racing.

At any rate, let’s be happy that all the various people of this planet are bright and self-reliant, which bodes well for us all. We don't need no super races! We can build our own monuments and, in the end, this skill may help save us from catastrophe, especially if that Twelfth Planet comes barreling toward us one of these days. Then we could impale it with one gargantuan pyramid in space!

As for who built the Taj Mahal, I’ll take credit for that. People have always thought I’m from the other side of the tracks!

© 2009 Kelley

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      You built it? You did a great job! I'm impressed.

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      Adam B 8 years ago

      It is pretty clear how the ancient civilizations got the heavy stones to the top of the pyramids...with spaceships. It makes total sense that aliens landed here on earth to help us build pyramids, make stonehenge and move some big statues to Easter Island...what else were they going to do?

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      The Washitaw claim they were ancient mound and pyramid-builders in America and that they were there before the Native Americans and a long time before Columbus.

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      The Washitaw, eh? Many native Americans have a rather exalted view of their own origin and importance. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the comment!

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have a hub on the subject and have now read a book on the Washitaw:

      https://hubpages.com/education/The-Washitaw-were-t...

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      JP 7 years ago

      Kosmo, You need to read America B.C., by Prof. Barry Fell, & The Zuni enigma, by Nancy Yaw Davis. Do you realize that the "Pima” language is Arabic, or Semitic derived from Iberian Punic? all you have to do is put the two side by side for comparison. We came from all parts of the earth. Educate yourself.

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      There are many theories, JP, and Barry Fell's are just some of them. At any rate, we certainly did come from different parts of the world, but not within the time frames that many think. Later!

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      Ngoo Nam 7 years ago

      Ancient people had complex brains the same as modern humans.

      Don't tell me that only Newton, Galileo, al-Khwarizmi, Otis Boykin, Tuan Vo-Dinh, Einstein, etc. had such brains.

      The ancients could move stones that modern humans have trouble moving by not using cranes and forklifts.

      Of course, 21st century humans can think of something other than forklifts (metal machines and engines) to lift and move heavy objects, too. :)

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      Jackson 7 years ago

      Did you know that the Great Pyramids of Giza are aligned specifically with Orion's Belt...from about 10,500 B.C.? The stars have shifted slightly since then. Some people theorize that the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx were built by extra terrestrials (spelling? I'm 12) far before the Egyptians came to Egypt.

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      I've heard about the Pyramids being aligned with Orion's Belt, which is astonishing, though it doesn't prove they were built by ETs or the Atlanteans. The Pyramids were almost certainly constructed about 2600 B.C. Later!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Fascinating read! I've been lucky enough to have seen the pyramids, Taj Mehal and Stonehenge in person and though they're all awe inspiring in their own way, it's all the more reason to appreciate what heights human beings are capable of reaching... (literally and otherwise!). Anyway, really enjoyed reading this... :)

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      Traveling to such exotic locales must have been enchanting. Thanks for the comment. Later!

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      tiana 7 years ago

      does this web site have any good information about stonehenge.

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      borge_009 7 years ago from Philippines

      I have seen many documentary films about these and I believe that people do not need other forces in order to build buildings like these. Thanks for this wonderful hub.

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      randolph36 6 years ago

      Aliens helped man build the great Pyramids - look at the math: Approx 3 Million stones were used to build Giza, each stone weighs approx 4 tons(8000 lbs), and it took 22.5 years to complete. That means each stone would have to be cut from a quary, transported to the site, and put into place every 3 mins for 22 years non-stop. Oh yeah the wheel, pulleys, a compass, or electricity have not even been invented yet. There's no written records in the design of the Pyramids (nothing that remarkable gets built without plans).

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      Enjoyed the article. Have referenced you in my latest hub!

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      Hector Herrera 6 years ago from Dominican Republic

      Man built them. Why not ?

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      Kelley 6 years ago from California

      Thanks for referencing me, Multiman, I'll take a plug any day of the week!

      Supercibor, humankind built them because he and she wanted to touch the stars. Later!

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      Levi Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

      I agree with you. Thanks for the great article.

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      A Guest 6 years ago

      only one inescapable truth about the ancient world: the Great Pyramid is at the direct centre of the worlds land mass..... Coincidence? It was just too mathematically perfect, even now we, as engineers, cannot construct this. And let us not forget, every single ancient civilisation ended. Read that last bit again.

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      Kelley 6 years ago from California

      Hey, aren't the Egyptians still around? It would also be very easy to build the Great Pyramid these days. It would cost a lot but it could be done. Of course, these days they'd probably have to ship the limestone to the site. Regarding such massive building projects, do you think building Hoover Dam was a piece of cake? Later!

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      cascoly 6 years ago from seattle

      amazing the number of people who just can't accept that the Giza pyramids were built by ordinary humans.

      when i first visited machu Picchu in 1979, the guide, a non-Indian, talked about the van daniken pseudo-science as a possibility - he wasn't the only one and it was a racially tinted approach, implying the earliest inhabitants weren't capable of anything on that scale. when we returned in 2008 i didn't see any references to ET - the tour agencies are now proudly Quechuan

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      Kelley 6 years ago from California

      Thanks for the response, cascoly. It's always good to hear from somebody who has actually seen places such as Machu Picchu. As for Van Daniken, he still has his many adherents, for some reason. Later!

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      Son of Chick 5 years ago

      I am a little confused as to your point in this closed mind article of yours... Especially in respect with your paragraph pertaining to Zecharia Sitchin and the 400 ton stone blocks found at Lake Titicaca. What was your point? More to the point, what alternative explanation are you prepared to put forward...? Afraid I had to vote down on this one. Stay Tuned - Later!

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      The point for the article is that there's no proof that anything other than the ancient people of earth built the Pyramids, Stonehenge or those 400-ton stone blocks found near Lake Titicaca, Tiahuanaco actually. It certainly wasn't ET or anything supernatural. Perhaps you, Son of Chick, could write about those possibilities. Later!

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      Son of Chick 5 years ago

      I agree that there is no tangible proof - either way however, that is not to say that there was no help during and along the way... Open minds project many possibilities... And in response, I will... As I said - Stay Tuned. Later!

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      Son of Chick, I will also keep an open mind and stay tuned as you put it. I watch every program on TV regarding this subject matter and read about it as well. You might be interested in my story about UFOs in the San Luis Valley. The link to which can be found right below where people vote up or down. Later!

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      KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

      An interesting hub. I believe you in building the Taj Mahal. :)

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      DickGigante 5 years ago

      DrGeneScott...has a few videos on who built the pyrimid in giza...he claims the same ppl built stonehenge...i agree with him.too much coincidence

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      I like your nickname - Giant what? Anyway, the Pyramids of Giza were built by the Republicans. Don't you know that? Later!

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      DickGigante 5 years ago

      i know right!!!...republicans are evil.

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      Lawrence 5 years ago

      Well I think that no one today can prove who or how anciant construction was done but I find it all fasinating to really know we would have to have time travel...and who knows maybe time travelers help them be built?

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, Lawrence. That's right, ancient aliens would almost have to be time travelers. Later!

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      Cardslayer 5 years ago

      I do believe time travel will be accomplished in many years to come, but even so, a time machine would only be able to carry the matter being transported, at farthest, to when the machine was first functional. And the proof is out there, I for one am a believer that we not have only been visited in the past, but also that our modern world isn't really modern, all it is is just inventions that have been lost though time and skipped a few thousand years. The proof is out there, you just have to find it.

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      Your hypothesis is very interesting, Cardslayer. Quick movement through space-time is probably accomplished by using something like a time machine. Of course, Einstein's Relativity has much to say about time dilation, etc. And if aliens ever came here, they must be masters of such technology. Later!

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      Davidwork 5 years ago

      Very good hub. I like your penultimate paragraph, in which you de-bunk the 'other people' theories.

      I personally think it is insulting to ancient indigenous peoples for anyone to postulate that they were not capable of building these monuments themselves, and that aliens had to do it for them.

      I believe in extra terrestrial life; as you will know, the stars are other suns, and many of those other suns may have life bearing planets. I just don't believe we've ever been visited by alien beings yet.

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      You're a smart dude, Davidwork. You give our ancient civilizations credit when it is certainly due. Later!

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      Senura 5 years ago

      @Kosmo, great article man.

      There's no evidence which proves that 'Aliens built these monuments' hence its just a theory. Every discovery channel episode should be categorised as sci-fi.

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      You're right, Senura, there's plenty of sci-fi on the Discovery Channel. Thanks for the comment. Later!

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      caole brownr 4 years ago

      they moved abu simbel but its now a day out of line so w e cant manage what they did

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      Tony Mead 4 years ago from Yorkshire

      kosmo, interersting hub, I don't think ancient man needed the help of aliens. I think people underestimate just how resourcful and clever the human brain has been for the last 10k years.

      voted up and stuff

      with respect Tony

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      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, tonymead60. I've never underestimated the power of human beings. Later!

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