Ancient Astronauts ~ Alien Influence of Mankind?
How did we get here?
For thousands of years, religions have attempted to answer the question of what we, as human beings originated from. These religions have many themes and stories in common, indicating that each one has their own piece of a much bigger puzzle. Science of course says that it was a process of millions of years of evolution, however they cannot even find the missing link that started the chain of humanity. The entire subject is open for thought and debate because so much has been lost to time. In that spirit of free thinking, some rather unusual theories have come about, one of the most controversial being paleocontact, or the “ancient astronaut” scenario.
This theory, in essence, says that humankind was either created by extraterrestrials who came to Earth or they descended from them. The proponents of this belief point to such things as ancient artifacts that appear out of place or time, as well as the many structures throughout the world that have no apparent explanation as to their use and little evidence remaining of how they were built. There are also the many historical gaps that archeology has not been able to provide data for, leaving some to speculate that the gaps are due to extraterrestrial technology that was taken with them when these beings left the planet. What is even more interesting than what hasn’t been found is what has… structures and artifacts from thousands of years ago that indicate at the very least a belief in life outside Earth.
One of these structures that has garnered much speculation of the ancient astronaut theory is Gobekli Tepe in Southeastern Turkey. Hidden under the ground for centuries, it came to light when a Kurdish shepherd happened to stumble upon part of the ancient stones sticking up from the ground. From there, a German archaeologist named Klaus Schmidt was called to the area, and has been overseeing the excavation of the site since 1994. The massive structure is not just a collection of random stones, but indeed sculpted and shaped into points that seem to reach for the sky. They are in a circular pattern and contain carvings of animals, both known and unknown. There is writing on them, although it is speculated that the cuneiform script found there was actually written on the stones at a later date than its construction. Carbon dating has attempted to debunk many of the ancient megaliths as being built more recently than once believed. However, with Gobekli Tepe, carbon dating actually backs up the theory that the structure is more than ten thousand years old. In nearby Mesopotamia (Sumer), the Sumerians had legends of people from the sky known as the Annunaki, according to the late Zechariah Sitchin. If his translations were correct (and it is important to note that most of the scientific community disagrees with his findings), the Annunaki created human beings to mine the resources of the planet. Could this structure, built before the dawn of the Sumerian civilization, be a part of that beginning?
Another site that proponents of the ancient astronaut theory believe points to evidence of extraterrestrials is Puma Punku in the Bolivian Andes mountains. This location is part of the ruined city of Tihuanacu, which was theorized for many years by Professor Arthur Posnansky to have been built more than 12000 years ago. The theories surrounding this structure garner much more criticism from the scientific side than usual because of the carbon dating tests that show the structure to be no more than 1500 years old. Those who hold fast to paleocontact say that there is a margin of error in carbon dating because there is no way to carbon date the stones themselves… merely the organic matter surrounding them. What is noteworthy about Puma Punku is the precision in which the structure is made. The links are completely perfect and designed in stone that is one of the hardest of the earth, diorite. What was used to cut these stones so precisely and more important… where are the construction materials? It does appear that the city of Tihuanacu had some cataclysmic geological disturbance that crashed through the city, leaving behind ruins. Was the true evidence of its beginnings wiped away in this disturbance?
Along with the structures that ask more questions than they answer, there are also people who adhere to the ways of their elders in certain tribal communities. This is certainly evident in the Dogon people of Mali, Africa. The Dogon villages are built along an escarpment (cliffside) in Bandiagara from people who most likely came from different areas, escaping Islamic control. Here on this escarpment, they could live and practice their beliefs freely. The culture was studied by two French anthropologists named Marcel Griaule and Germain Dieterlen. Griaule spent the most time with them and claimed to have gained the trust of the Dogon elders. The secrets they shared with him included an ancient belief in the Nommo, a race of extraterrestrials from star Sirius. Griaule wrote of his experiences with the Dogon elders in his book “Conversations with Ogotemmeli” (published 1948). In this book he stated that the elders told him of two stars that were companions of Sirius. He even claimed that housing structures were set up in conjunction with Sirius and the two companion stars (not visible) and correlating them to the men and women of the home. The theory of Sirius being a part of a binary star system was not unheard of, even at that time. It was however not until the 1970′s that one of the stars (now known as Sirius B) was actually photographed. Did the Dogon carry this knowledge from ancient contact with possible “ancient astronauts”, or had they simply come up with their own theories? They did have exposure to Western culture as far back as the early 20th century. Griaule said that the carvings and writings going back 400 years depicted the stars alignments. At the very least, could the Dogon have theorized this themselves and then incorporated into their creation story?
There are many of these structures and stories throughout the world that seem to indicate there has at least been the thought of life on other planets for thousands of years. Structures such as Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid, along with the mysterious Nazca lines in Peru are filled with questions and yield very little answers as to how they were built, or even for what purpose. The belief in the “ancient astronaut theory” is constantly being discredited by the scientific community at large, and that is when they bother to comment on it at all. However, it is not just science fiction writers and controversial proponents of the extraterrestrial creation theory that have considered the possibility. The highly respected astrophysicists Carl Sagan and I.S. Scklovski wrote in their 1966 collaboration “Intelligent Life in the Universe” that there should certainly be consideration given to the theory of previous visits to earth from extraterrestrials, pointing to the writings found of the ancient Sumerians. They did stress that it was indeed only a theory and there was no real way of proving it. When other researchers have brought forth their own theories, that part of the book is often referred to as evidence, when in reality it is merely speculation.”
All of this brings back the original question… how did we get here? The answer, if not in the stars, may be connected to them somehow. It is possible that someday we will have that answer. The important thing is to never stop looking.
Written by Angela Sangster, Copyright 2011 AlienUFOTruth.com
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