“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is to discover them.”
– Galileo


The Ancient Alien Theory

Ancient Aliens explores the controversial theory that extraterrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US, each topic gives historic depth to the questions, speculations, provocative controversies, first-hand accounts and grounded theories surrounding this age-old debate. Did intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago? [i]

There is something inconsistent about our past, that past that lies thousands and millions of years behind us…There is something inconsistent about our archaeology…our religion…we have the means to find out all about our past without leaving out any gaps, if we really want to. [ii]

…Earth is far older than science has imagined, and a stream of civilizations has settled and developed here which are not mentioned in the history books. Most of them…were far more highly evolved, technologically and spiritually, than humanity is today. [iii]

Amidst a wave of modern UFO sightings, a new theory emerged – that aliens visited Earth in antiquity and were regarded as gods. [iv]

“The Ancient Alien Theory presupposes that thousands and thousands of years ago – and even before recorded history – Earth was visited by astronauts from another world.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine) [v]

According to Ancient Alien Theorists, extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations and forever changing the course of human history. But how did this concept develop and is there any evidence to support it?…The Ancient Alien Theory grew out of the centuries-old idea that life exists on other planets, and that humans and extraterrestrials have crossed paths before. The theme of human-alien interaction was thrust into the spotlight in the 1960s, driven by a wave of UFO sightings and popular films like 2001: A Space Odyssey. The space program played no small part in this as well: If mankind could travel to other planets, why couldn’t extraterrestrials visit Earth? [vi]

“I think human past is more fantastic than we all believe. I have come to the idea that maybe extraterrestrials were on this planet.” [vii]

Most Ancient Alien Theorists…point to two types of evidence to support their ideas. The first is ancient religious texts in which humans witness and interact with gods or other heavenly beings who descended from the sky – sometimes in vehicles resembling spaceships – and possess spectacular powers. [viii]

“It can be doubtlessly proven from old Indic texts that the Earth had been visited and influenced by extraterrestrials in the remotest antiquity.” [ix]

…Both the hijacking extraterrestrials and those with humanity’s interest at heart were regular visitors to the Earth thousands of years ago. They became the ‘gods’ in the ancient texts and legends which have formed the foundations of most, perhaps all, of the major religions of today.

Over time…various god myths became fused together to form ‘composite gods’, based on themes from many of the earlier civilizations. So it is with Judaism, the Christian Bible, Islam, and most of the others. Their version of ‘god’ relates to the type of extraterrestrials from which their religion originated or the way many different extraterrestrial stories have become fused into a composite god over the centuries.

If you look at the origins of the major religions, the stories are remarkably similar to those we hear today from people claiming to have met, or been abducted by, extraterrestrials…Extraterrestrials are at the heart of human history and the events that have shaped that history.

There are so many themes which link the ancient texts with descriptions of UFO sightings and extraterrestrials of today…Many of the ‘miracles’ recorded throughout religious legend have an extraterrestrial origin. All over the ancient world, you find that the royal families were supposed to have originated with Sky Gods – extraterrestrials. The connections with ‘gods’ and ‘clouds’ are endless in the ancient legends and texts. [x]

The second type of evidence to support Ancient Alien Theorists’ ideas is physical specimens such as artwork depicting alien-like figures and ancient architectural marvels like Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt. [xi]

“I think that people in ancient times were visited by beings coming not from this Earth, and they gave us culture and scientific technology to improve our life on Earth coming from the primitive to a higher developed culture.”

– Dr. Algund Eenboom
(Co-Author, The Andean Awakening) [xii]

But if that were true, wouldn’t there be proof? Perhaps there was. All we needed to do was open our eyes and our imaginations. The proof, perhaps, was all around us. [xiii]

Ancient alien theorists like Erich von Däniken believe that, thousands of years ago, extraterrestrials landed on Earth, where they were hailed as gods and helped shape human civilization. But what proof could possibly exist for such an encounter?…

Here’s a quick introduction to some of the most famous examples.

The Nazca Lines. Etched into a high plateau in Peru’s Nazca Desert, a series of ancient designs stretching more than 50 miles has baffled archaeologists for decades. Along with simple lines and geometric shapes, they include drawings of animals, birds and humans, some measuring more than 600 feet across. Because of their colossal size, the figures can only be appreciated from way up in the air – and there is not evidence that the Nazca people, who inhabited the area between 300 BC and 800 AD, invented flying machines. According to Ancient Alien Theorists, the figures were used to guide spaceships as they came in for a landing, and the lines served as runways.

Vimanas. Many Sanskrit epics, which were written in India more than two millennia ago, contain references to mythical flying machines called vimanas. Pointing to similarities between descriptions of vimanas and reports by people who claim to have seen UFOs, Ancient Alien Theorists have suggested that astronauts from other planets visited India during ancient times.

The Moai of Easter Island. The Polynesian island of Easter Island is famous for its “moai”: the 887 giant human figures with enormous heads that guard its coastline. Roughly 500 years old, these monolithic statues stand 13 feet high and weigh 14 tons, but some are twice as tall and much heavier. How could human beings without sophisticated tools or knowledge of engineering craft and transport such incredible structures? Some Ancient Alien Theorists believe it is the work of visiting extraterrestrials who left their mark on the island.

Puma Punku. Located in the Bolivian highlands, Puma Punku is a field of stone ruins scattered with giant, finely carved blocks. Such precise workmanship on a massive scale would have been nearly impossible without modern tools and machines, yet the ruins are more than 1,000 years old. Ancient Alien Theorists have hypothesized that extraterrestrials with advanced engineering techniques created the site or advised the people who built it.

 The Book of Ezekiel. In the Book of Ezekiel, part of the Hebrew bible, a prophet has a vision of a flying vessel accompanied by fire, smoke and a loud noise. Some Ancient Alien Theorists have argued that the vehicle’s design closely mirrors that of a modern spaceship. Rather than a divine intervention, then, perhaps the text describes an early encounter between humans and alien astronauts. [xiv]

By integrating all facts and excluding none, and being willing to consider all the hypotheses suggested by those facts, without any kind of a priorism…provided they also establish a constant connection between the objective observation of the past and the latest developments in parapsychology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. They will then, perhaps, perceive that the idea of the evolution of intelligence being slow and the road to knowledge long, is not, perhaps, the truth, but rather a taboo that we have set up in order that we may believe ourselves today to be enjoying the benefits of the whole history of mankind. [xv]

“If you examine the hypothesis with an unprejudiced and open attitude, you will soon find that nothing in this hypothesis contravenes the strictest rules of science and our present understanding of the Universe. The great merit of Erich von Däniken consists in his bringing to attention innumerable archaeological, cultural, historical, and religious phenomena, which suddenly makes sense if one takes into consideration the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors. And this is exactly what one expects from a reasonable and plausible hypothesis.

– Dr. Luis Navia
(Prof. of Philosophy,
NY Inst. Of Technology) [xvi]

“Today, we are living still, as if we are alone in the Universe while hundreds and thousands of people are seeing unusual craft in the skies as they did 5,000 years ago…”

– Linda Moulton Howe (Author) /
(Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

There are many diverse and conflicting theories concerning the idea that alien astronauts have been visiting the Earth for centuries. But perhaps the proof lies in the most obvious place of all: right within ourselves.

“Somewhere in our genes it is coded that extraterrestrials were here thousands of years ago. And it takes a certain time before this message is open to us, maybe in the brain.”

– Erich von Däniken
(Author, Chariots of the Gods) [xvii]

…Our forefathers received visits from the Universe in the remote past…they annihilated part of mankind existing at the time and produced a new, perhaps the first, homo sapiens. [xviii]

“I don’t believe extraterrestrials, ET’s, Ancient Astronauts are the missing link. I think what they very well could be, they may be the beginning of the link – the link that helped genetically alter human beings, the link that jump-started our civilization the way we are today. It’s very possible they came down here and saw some creature, and they said, ‘You know? We’re going to jump-start this.’ It may take another ten million years for this thing to become smart and intelligent. So they created us. And we’re smart and intelligent now, aren’t we?”

– George Noory
(Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM) [xix]

Life is not always about progressing mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

In the periods known as Lemuria and Atlantis, hundreds and thousands of years ago in our version of time, humans lived in what we would call a science fiction world, in which amazing things were possible, as was also true in civilizations before those. These were not miracles, merely the use of the natural laws of creation. What is termed the paranormal or supernatural is only that which our limited version of science has not discovered or acknowledged yet. [xx]

If aliens visited Earth in the past, could they make an appearance in the future? For Ancient Alien Theorists, the answer is a resounding, yes. They believe that, by sharing their views with the world, they can help prepare future generations for the inevitable encounter that awaits them. [xxi]

Begin the journey…


[i] History™. Ancient Aliens: About. Retrieved April 20, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-alien/about

[ii] Von Däniken, E. (1999), Chariots of the Gods?, p. xix, xx

[iii]  Icke, D., (1995), …And the Truth Shall Set You Free, p. 13

[iv] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Introduction]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™

[v] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.4 – The Mission. [DVD Footage: Mystery Miners]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™

[vi] History™, 2013, Ancient Alien Theory, Retrieved from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/articles/ancient-alien-theory, para. 1,2

[vii] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.3 – The Visitors. [DVD Footage: Skull Art]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™

[viii] History™, 2013, Ancient Alien Theory, Retrieved from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/articles/ancient-alien-theory, para. 4

[ix] Von Däniken, E., (1999), Chariots of the Gods?, p. xvii

[x] Icke, D., (1995), …And the Truth Shall Set You Free, p. 5,6, 7, 12, 13

[xi] History™, 2013, Ancient Alien Theory, Retrieved from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/articles/ancient-alien-theory, para. 4

[xii] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.2 – The Evidence. [DVD Footage: I Want to Fly]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™

[xiii] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Introduction]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™

[xiv] History™, Evidence of Ancient Aliens?, Retrieved from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/articles/evidence-of-ancient-aliens

[xv] Pauwels & Bergier, (1960), The Morning of the Magicians, p. 149

[xvi] Von Däniken, E., (1999), Chariots of the Gods?, p. xvi, xvii

[xvii] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.4 – The Mission. [DVD Footage: That’s No Moon]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™

[xviii] Von Däniken, E. (1999), Chariots of the Gods?, p. xxi

[xix] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.4 – The Mission. [DVD Footage: That’s No Moon]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™

[xx] Icke, D., (1995), …And the Truth Shall Set You Free, p. 13

[xxi] History™, 2013, Ancient Alien Theory, Retrieved from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/articles/ancient-alien-theory, para. 5

Who were they?… Why did they come?… What did they leave behind?… Where did they go?… Will they return?…