1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond (3.8.09)

EGYPTIAN ELECTRICITY [2h]

Did aliens really inspire our ancestors to build the ancient temples and pyramids? And if they came here, did they leave behind any advanced knowledge of physics, astronomy, or mathematics? If so, is there any evidence that remains to this day? One example might be this one: often described as the world’s first mechanical “computer” and dates back over 2,000 years.

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“The Antikythera device was found in 1900 by sponge divers diving off a small island in the Aegean called Antikythera. There was a shipwreck there. And in it was a coral-encrusted box. And it was made of metal alloys. And it then went to the Athens Museum, where, a good 50 years later they were able to x-ray this box. And they were able to discern cogged wheels that were interconnected, and give us a very good depiction of what this thing was. And it is a computer. It’s a really sophisticated machine.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“It’s a very interesting piece of technology because it served two purposes: one was that it was an astronomical device where you could, by using it, chart your position to the stars and navigate your way through the seas. It was also an astrological device, so that someone could tell you, ‘If you were born on this day, and your planet sign is this, then certain things are going to happen to you when the planets are in this alignment.’ So, it was a very interesting piece of technology that literally had more complicated gears and inner workings that a modern-day Swiss watch. And it’s found to be dated, I think, like, 200 BC. So, it’s really an anomaly as to who could’ve created that, and what it was being used for.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“When archaeologists first started to examine this thing in the 1950s, they said that they never could conceive of the Ancient Greeks having such complicated machinery. And in fact, they said this was tantamount to finding a jet airplane in the tomb of King Tut.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Even older than the Antikythera mechanism are these carvings on a wall at the Dendera Temple complex in Egypt. To some, the strange designs look eerily similar to objects very much in use today.

“In Egypt, there is this underground crypt at Dendera that was always secret and only the high priests had access to that crypt. It’s very hot in there, very narrow, low ceiling, and on the walls, you have these reliefs of what looks like ancient light bulbs. Because we have to question one thing: how did the ancient Egyptians light the inside of their tombs?”

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

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According to most mainstream archaeologists, torches were used by the ancient Egyptians to light the pitch-black chambers of tombs and temples. Yet nowhere on the ceilings is there even the slightest evidence of any soot or smoke residue. But if torches weren’t used, how else could these ancient rooms and hallways have been illuminated?

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“Another theory that was proposed is that the light was directed from outside by copper mirrors.”

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

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…“And then there was light”…

…“Hey, that is a neat trick!”…

[The Mummy, 1999, Universal Pictures]

“And they’ve actually tried to recreate that theory, but unfortunately, they failed because only after a few corners, the sunlight dissipated because the copper mirrors were too weak. Also, there isn’t enough oxygen inside those tombs with which to support or feed a flame of a torch. I was once inside the King’s Chamber inside the Pyramid of Giza, and somebody turned off the lights, and immediately we were in pitch darkness. And I said, ‘No problem, I’ll just take out my lighter from my satchel.’ And I turned on the lighter, and it didn’t work. So, how were the insides of their temples lit? I mean, the only remaining solution is by some sort of an artificial light source. And that is, for example, a light bulb. So, at the underground crypt of Dendera, we find reliefs of such light bulbs.”

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

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“Egyptologists’ explanation of this, and they have to have some explanation – there’s got to be one. It has to be pretty mundane. It can’t be that it’s an electrical device. Their explanation is that it is a Lotus flower. And what appears to be a bulb around is the aroma of the Lotus flower. And so it’s just a very odd depiction of a flower. But another explanation, of course, would be that they actually had electrical lights.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

But if the ancient Egyptians had used these tools, some kind of electric light, to illuminate their passageways, then why do these depictions only appear in the Temple of Dendera?

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“In Egypt, you had different areas of specialty. And Dendera was the area where the knowledge of the light-giving source was kept. And this secret knowledge was kept by the high priests. They’re the only ones who were privy to this type of information because Dendera was the special place where this specific knowledge was guarded and kept.”

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

“The scientific community is not saying, ‘Oh, there are no extraterrestrials.’ Or ‘They never did it.’ They are judging whether or not this is a valid scientific theory. And what do I mean by that? For something to be a scientific theory, it really needs to be something you can test with an obvious scientific experiment.”

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

But how could the ancient Egyptians have used anything resembling a modern-day light bulb without access to electricity? After all, electricity wouldn’t be discovered for thousands of years. That is, of course, with the exception of what scientists call “the Baghdad Battery”.

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“The Baghdad Battery was discovered in ancient Iraq. Scholars today say there’s no way that ancient man was using electricity or light bulbs. So, they look at this Baghdad Battery, and there’s about a dozen of them that have been found in Iraq, and the only mainstream theory is that they were using it for electroplating jewelry.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

Two major proponents of Ancient Alien Theory, Jason Martell and Giorgio Tsoukalos, demonstrate just how the Baghdad Battery could generate electricity using a modern mock-up of the device.

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“Basically, this is made out of a clay pot. Clay just found naturally in that region in Southern Iraq. And then they would use a small copper lining and something along the lines of an asphalt stopper wrapped around an iron rod. And these all applied together in the combination of some weak acidic acid, vinegar, grape juice, orange juice – in this case – wine, would be able to generate a charge by combining these elements with the iron rod and the copper. And the combination of that creates an abundance of electricity. So, what we’re gonna do is basically just fill the clay pot with some orange juice here. I’ll try not to spill too much. And then we’ll go ahead and put the copper rod back in there. Copper and iron rod. We’ll give it a moment to kind of fill that copper area there.

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And then by turning on the voltmeter and applying this to each side, we should be able to generate a charge. And there it goes into the positive. And if we give it some time to get the electrolytes really buzzing in there, you’ll see that this volt will actually continue to rise.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

But while some see the Baghdad Battery as evidence than man was sparked on by extraterrestrial wisdom, others look at it and simply say, ‘So what?’

“You could take some ancient technology like the Baghdad Battery which probably was used for something like metal plating in which you just mix chemicals, and has a certain chemical reaction to it that they’re using for this reason. And we can take and put a voltmeter on it and go, ‘Oh, look, we’re able to get a reading out of it.’ Well, so what?  Um, that’s just a chemical reaction. If they were using it, say, this battery to operate other machines, where are the other machines? If they were sending the electricity down wires, where are all the wires that would have been all over the culture? In other words, it’s not likely a one-off invention like that is going to survive without all the other inventions that would have been there at the same time.”

– Dr. Michael Shermer (Editor-in-Chief, Skeptic Magazine)

“It is a battery. Everybody agrees with that. But nobody knows why they made it, and how they made it. What mind would think of that? You know, electrical current back several thousands of years ago? It’s very strange, but it’s clearly a battery.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

“The whole idea that ancient civilizations actually had knowledge of electricity and used electricity is an accepted archaeological fact today. Just like in our own civilization where about 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin and other scientists began experimenting with simple electrical devices, we now have evidence that over 3,000 years ago, people were also experimenting with electrical devices. Where might it have led them? What other electrical devices would they have been able to create? I believe they probably created all kinds of electrical devices.”

 – David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Tombs…temples…ancient light bulbs…even electricity. Here on Earth exists evidence of architectural and technological wonders centuries before we ever believed them possible. But if evidence of Ancient Astronauts exists here on Earth, what about elsewhere? Might we find what we are looking for by looking in the sky?

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