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Unexplained ancient and modern UFOS

Updated on January 12, 2013

An ancient alien?

Did intelligent extra-terrestrial beings visit Earth in the past?
Did intelligent extra-terrestrial beings visit Earth in the past?


U F O’s and crop circles seem to me to be a modern phenomenon that has only been reported since the industrial revolution. Before this time people who saw lights in the sky, or anything that couldn’t be explained put it down to fairies, ghosts and spirits. Their beliefs in these things are rooted in the folklore and religions of the time. A primitive time with many Gods would believe that a light in the sky was a sign from them. Whereas we believe it is a weather balloon. However if you remove the interpretations of these events are we left with anything very different? If you sit on the fence about these things you must admit that there have been an awful lot of hoaxes and liars throughout the ages. Perhaps a few too many!

Is this an ancient astronaut?

Strange figure discovered in Kiev, apparently wearing a suit, c. 4,000 BC
Strange figure discovered in Kiev, apparently wearing a suit, c. 4,000 BC

Ancient astronaut theory

What most people, who follow this theory, believe is that one or more alien races visited Earth in the distant past and interacted with early humans. They believe this because some primitive cultures developed advanced technologies very quickly and then returned to basic technologies in a short period of time.  The fact that many cultures talked of their Gods coming from the sky adds to the ancient astronaut belief. Also adding to their claim is that Darwin’s theory of evolution is still lacking the missing link, making them wonder if aliens assisted human evolution through cross breading or genetic engineering.  I think the key word here is theory. Until someone can prove either theory the matter will remain open to debate. So what material evidence is there to support this claim?


Could this be a Landing strip for an UFO?

Were these so called ancient people far more advanced than we thought and capable of human flight?
Were these so called ancient people far more advanced than we thought and capable of human flight?

The Nazca Lines

 The high desert of Peru holds one of the most mystifying monuments of the known world, the massive-scale geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines. These lines carved into the ground range from geometric patterns to drawings of different animals and stylized human-like forms. The ancient lines can only be truly understood, from high in the air, leaving generations mystified as to how these precise works could’ve been completed long before the invention of human flight. Were these lines signs left by an alien race?  Could they be Landing strips for UFOs? Or were these so called ancient people far more advanced than we thought and capable of human flight 

The Tassila mountains murals

The Tassili N’Ajjer National Park, is in the Tassili N’Ajjer Mountains, it is a World Heritage Site in Algeria and are situated in the depths of the Sahara desert. It's an enormous crystalline plateau with black lava, cones from a volcano and narrow gorges with prehistoric paintings. These paintings date back to Neolithic times and have some very weird images. Watch the video and towards the end are some kind of humanoid forms wearing what seems to be space suits.


Neolithic drawings of an astronaut

A spaceship in 1803?

Haratonohama, Hitachi, Japan c. 1803.
Haratonohama, Hitachi, Japan c. 1803.

U F O's in art?

 To also support the theory of ancient astronauts are the appearance in some artwork of unexplainable images.  I must admit that a lot of these images could be explained by fading of the paint, or a wrongly placed building, but I was amazed at this web site below at how many anomalies there are in art that look like spaceships or aliens. Please click the link and see what you think.

The fake photo

Fairies were big news in Victorian times, with sightings reported from all over the world
Fairies were big news in Victorian times, with sightings reported from all over the world


Who today believes in fairies? Not many I bet. Still in Victorian time they were big news, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: the writer of Sherlock Holmes, was a great believer and was involved in the Cottingley fairies. Two girls involved were photographed with fairies in their garden. Later when the girls were elderly they both admitted that the first few photos were fakes that they perpetrated with cardboard cut-outs held up with hat pins. However the last photo they both insisted were real and that they only did the hoax in the first place because they had seen fairies in their garden before. So why admit to faking the first ones but not the last. They had nothing to loose if they said they were all fakes. Throughout the middle ages there were reports that people had been abducted by fairies and replaced by changelings. A bit far fetched I think, don’t you? But these reports led to several prominent people to investigate fairies for themselves. “ In 1907 anthropologist Walter Evans-Wentz began to journey through Brittany, Cornwall, Scotland and Ireland to interview people who had encountered fairies. Some witnesses told him that fairies are noble and tall and looked like humans except for their luminosity and/or translucence.” Is there some similarity here to the ‘aliens ‘of today?

The earliest evidence of a crop circle

Crop circles

“Mowing Devil” case of 1678, in which a farmer’s field was said to have been visited by a devilish entity that trampled the crops down in a circle. Not just trampled, but trampled into a circle.  Why a circle? If it was a disgruntled peasant why not just flatten it?  It would also seem that the original pamphlet has been tampered with.


Julius Obsequens who recorded events in his book “Prodigorium liber

 One of the first written accounts of lights in the sky is from the reign of Thutmose III, who reigned around 1504-1450 B.C.
One of the first written accounts of lights in the sky is from the reign of Thutmose III, who reigned around 1504-1450 B.C.

Lights in the sky

Lights in the sky

Lights in the sky or U F O’s have only been around since man has been airborne, yes? Well no, One of the first written accounts of this phenomenon is from the reign of Thutmose III, who reigned around 1504-1450 B.C.: "In the year 22 of the 3rd month of winter, sixth hour of the day... the scribes of the House of Life found it was a circle of fire that was coming in the sky... It had no head; the breath of its mouth had a foul odor. Its body one rod long and one rod wide. It had no voice. Their hearts became confused through it; then they laid themselves on their bellies... they went to the Pharaoh... to report it. His Majesty ordered...
[an examination of] all which is written in the papyrus rolls of the House of life. His majesty was meditating upon what happened. Now after some days had passed, these things became more numerous in the skies than ever. They shone more in the sky than the brightness of the sun, and extended to the limits of four supports of the heavens... Powerful was the position of the fire circles. The army of the Pharaoh looked on with him in their midst. It was after supper. Thereupon, these fire circles ascended higher in the sky towards the south... The Pharaoh caused incense to be brought to make peace on the hearth... and what happened was ordered by the Pharaoh to be written in the annals of the House of life... so that it be remembered for ever." This must have been a powerful event for the Pharaoh to muster his army and to make sure it was recorded for ever. Or perhaps they were lying for some absurd reason. To me it seems they were just recording what they had seen. Or how about the Roman author Julius Obsequens who recorded events in his book “Prodigorium liber" in the 4th century A D. Some of these events could have parallels’ with modern U F O sightings. Here are just a few of the things he reported. "Things like ships were seen in the sky over Italy... At Arpi (180 Roman miles, east of Rome, in Apulia) a 'round shield' was seen in the sky... At Capua, the sky was all on fire, and one saw figures like ships... In the territory of Spoletium (65 Roman miles north of Rome, in Umbria) a globe of fire, of golden color, fell to the earth, gyrating. It then seemed to increase in size, rose from the earth, and ascended into the sky, where it obscured the disc of the sun, with its brilliance. It revolved towards the eastern quadrant of the sky.

In conclusion

 When I began looking at these modern phenomena I honestly didn’t realize that these things have there roots so far back in time. I know some of these things can be dismissed as over active imaginings of primitive times, but I don’t think they all can. By researching these things it has certainly opened up my mind and I hope it does yours.


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    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bristol England

      Thank you Papernotes for your very interesting comment. These aliens have certainly been around for a very long time.

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      10 years ago

      Interesting. There are just many things in this world that make us wonder and think. Who knows, these aliens may just be hiding in places that mankind has not yet discovered.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bristol England

      There is a lot of evidence in records of the past, for visitors from outer space. There was an interesting painting on an ancient Egypian tomb of what looks like 'A grey' alien. Thanks for the comment.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      10 years ago from Texas

      This a fascianting hub. I watched an episode where the author of the "Chariots of the Gods" was commenting on these same instances. There are several instances, even in the bible, of visitors from other places. Thanks for sharing.

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      10 years ago from Bristol England

      It was great to recieve your comment Yourboyaj85. You are so right no-one has researched more recent occurances. I would sugest that you read MR WERD's hub on 'why we never see an alien,' his theory is well explained and thought provocing. There is a link about half way down. Keep in touch and thanks for commenting

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      10 years ago

      Im a huge believer in the ancient astronaut theory and do think we have been visited by extraterrestrials in the near past, and are still being visited, but what the ancient astronaut theorist haven't looked at is the recent 200 years of activity, such as the Mormon religion, in the book of Mormon it states that Joseph smith was visited by an angel, to them it might have been some sort of supernatural divine incident but if it was to happen today we would take it completely different! I have a lot of knowledge and theories id like to discus, maybe we can put some of are ideas together and see what we can come up with!!

      thank you

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      11 years ago from Bristol England

      I am so glad for the comment Support Med as no-one has commented so far. I agree with you I hope that the aliens are friendly

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      Support Med. 

      11 years ago from Michigan

      Very interesting and well written article. It seems that there is 'something' going on. Not long ago, I heard two things on the evening news, 1. Crop circles were found and they do not know how they got there (there's more to it, but it was a while back I can't seem to remember the whole story), but basically it would have taken weeks if 'people' had done it or a noise made. No one heard anything. 2. On the news the anchorwoman said that life was found in space, but they are not saying 'what kind of life' it is. If for some reason 'they' do visit earth, I hope they are peaceful, LOL!.


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