1.3 – The Visitors (4.27.10)

SKULL ART [4b]

Roswell, New Mexico. This sleepy town in America’s Southwest was once best known for its large military airbase. But that changed in 1947, when a local rancher reported that a spaceship crashed on his property. Several weeks later, the U.S. Army issued a press release confirming the existence of an alien craft. The next day, the military changed its story and announced that what they had found was a weather balloon. These conflicting reports sent shock waves around the world. And the name “Roswell” became a pop culture code word that forever links extraterrestrial visitation with enduring mystery.

“Speculation about why the Roswell crash would be covered up is difficult to pin down. Some people talk about this in terms of information that would be shattering to our worldview.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

“Almost everyone’s heard about the so-called Roswell event, and one of the real implications of disclosure is that some of our most cherished myths about the origins of the human race and our history and archaeology would fall apart.”

– Dr. Steven M. Greer, MD
(Dir., The Disclosure Project / Dir., SiriusDisclosure)

“Something happened at Roswell, New Mexico, a long time ago. People want the truth. I think there’s something in the human being itself that is striving, that is hungry for this knowledge in order to answer questions about our own existence.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

Today, public opinion polls indicate more than half the world’s population believes aliens have either come here in the past or are coming here now. But what is it exactly that makes so many people believe?

“I do think looking upward makes sense. The Universe is large. There are things out there we do not understand. There is probably intelligent life somewhere.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“People tend to forget that we’re on a planet that’s four and a half billion years old. The presence of our civilization in that vast scale of time…I mean, if I click my finger, it wouldn’t even be fast enough to say this is the time of our civilization. And to think that we’re the only ones in this vast period of time, to me, is absurd.”

– Robert Bauval (Egyptologist),
(Author, The Egypt Code),
(Author, Secret Chamber Revisited),
(Co-Author, Black Genesis)

“Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has over 100 billion stars. And in our Universe, we think there are more than 100 billion galaxies. So, if every star had a planet with intelligent life, how many alien civilizations would we have?”

Sara Seager, Ph.D. (Prof. of Planetary Sciences, MIT)

“If you take us as the crown of creation, of the top of evolution, we look at our self as the greatest, the biggest. We say, how incredible, unique we are in the whole Universe. We forgot to learn modesty.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

“Each step that we take makes us a little bit less special. We used to think that we were the center of the Universe, as humans, and then we realized, ‘Oh, all right, well, that’s not true.’ And…But we’re at the center of the galaxy, and like, well, all right, so we’re like two- thirds of the way out in a spiral arm. And then, well, at least our sun, you know, with this…No. The sun is actually in the middle, and the Earth goes around it. So, Earth isn’t even the center of that system, and…So, the more that we learn, we sort of, you know…It’s a very humbling science.”

Jennifer Heldmann, Ph.D.

(Planetary Scientist, NASA AMES Research Center)

When man first landed on the moon, our perspective of the Universe changed forever.

(over radio): “Houston, the Eagle has landed.”

“We aliens who happened to go down the ladder on July 20, 1969 – we aliens…were certainly part of a magnificent race. I just don’t think people have a grasp for what energy it takes to go from one star to another.”

Buzz Aldrin (NASA Astronaut, Apollo 11 Moon Landing)

This historic event raised the question: if humans can successfully navigate in space and explore other worlds, why couldn’t beings from other parts of the Universe have done the same? And might they have already come to Earth hundreds, or perhaps, thousands of years ago?

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

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

Cahuachi, Peru. 2,000 years ago, this ancient settlement served as the religious and cultural capital of the Nazca people. But sometime around 500 AD, the Nazca mysteriously disappeared, leaving Cahuachi to fall into disarray. 1,400 years later, in 1910, anthropologist Ales Hrdlicka came to Cahuachi to study the ancient Nazca civilization. During a dig, he unearthed some of the most surprising and shocking artifacts he had ever seen. They were skulls with enormous, elongated craniums. Where did they come from? How did they get there? And were they human?

“In Peru, we find these weird, elongated skulls. And they’re bizarre-looking. I mean, and these people look like aliens.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“One may say, okay, aliens…But another aspect that we have to consider is that skull and cranial deformation, forming elongated heads is a practice that’s known throughout much of the ancient world.”

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.
(Geologist / Author, Forgotten Civilization)

In 1870, the process of skull deformation was well chronicled by a German botanist and explorer named Georg Schweinfurth. While exploring the African Congo, he came in contact with a tribe called the Mangbetu. They routinely performed a ritual of cranial binding that allowed them to physically alter the shape of human skulls.

“They took infants’ skulls and compressed them and bound them. And they forced the cranium out and elongate it. And in many cases, they doubled the size.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“And a big question is why was this being done? It may have been a way to distinguish the elite, perhaps, from everyday people. May have been a social stratification type of issue. Something that also appeals to me is, that may have been a way to express physically and maybe try to achieve physically greater levels of consciousness or higher levels of mental ability.”

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.
(Geologist / Author, Forgotten Civilization)

“In my opinion, they did this in order to mimic the gods. And those gods were physical beings because if they were just a figment of our ancestors’ imagination, I don’t think that’s a compelling enough reason to expose your children to such a ritual to achieve that type of look. And in my opinion, these people were misinterpreted flesh-and-blood space travelers.”

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

“Some people have suggested aliens had elongated skulls, and apparently, ancient peoples are mimicking those skulls. The old saying is that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.
(Geologist / Author, Forgotten Civilization)

Although there have been many images that attempt to depict what aliens might actually look like, one in particular has come to dominate the public perception. It, too, features an elongated cranium, and is associated with an extraterrestrial race that many refer to as the Greys.

“In terms of entities, one very common description are the so-called Greys – three and half, four feet tall, essentially humanoid, but, very spindly with disproportionately large heads and huge black almond-shaped eyes.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

But would someone in a primitive society really want to replicate this look and deform their skulls? Some archaeologists have a different perspective. They point to artistic self-expression as an explanation of these customs.

“There are all kinds of people that either worship the body or use the body as art, be it a tattoo or a piercing of some sort, or tribes that, that put things in their ears or on their lips to try to grow parts of their body. Some societies, we know, practiced binding parts of the body, feet, or heads, and try to make certain shapes, and this was done for whatever reason. We know today that this isn’t usually the most healthy thing to do, but it doesn’t mean people don’t do it. People are always trying to change their body to make it look a certain way.”

– Robert R. Cargill, Ph.D. (Biblical Archaeologist, UCLA)

Whatever the explanation may be for these rituals, they are not just found in Peru and the African Congo. Skull deformation is a global phenomenon.

“What’s really strange is that this is found all over the world, and this is something that archaeologists cannot easily explain because, for people on remote islands, for people in South America, or Malta, or in Africa to suddenly, independently do this cranial deformation like this seems incredible. I mean, this is something that had to be learned, something that was taught to them.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“We seem to have basic similarities, as if there was one civilization or at least one type of culture that was influencing people around the world. I find it more and more difficult to believe what I was taught as an undergraduate – that all these different cultures just coincidentally came up with the same concepts independently of each other.”

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.
(Geologist / Author, Forgotten Civilization)

Is it possible that individual societies around the world were influenced by similar events? And were they imitating real beings who visited from other planets? Some of the most compelling images of an elongated cranium can be traced to ancient Egypt and the depictions of one of its most controversial pharaohs. Could it be that he too was mimicking the look of extraterrestrials? Or is there an even more outrageous explanation? Could he have been one of them?

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