The question whether an Alien Civilization existed on Earth before Human beings has been explored by both Ancient Astronaut Theorists like Zechariah Sitchin as well as by Independent researchers like Graham Hancock who all consider the evidence provided by Out Of Place Artifacts.
‘Out-of-Place Artifact’ (OoPArt) which have been used to support the idea of an Alien Civilization is a term coined by American naturalist and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson for an object of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible context that could challenge conventional historical chronology by being too advanced for the level of civilization that existed at the time, or showing human presence well before humans were supposed to exist.
The question presented by these Out Of Place Artifacts is whether there was a Lost Alien Civilization or a Lost Human Civilization at some distant point in History?
suggest that Out Of Place Artifacts are evidence of an Alien Civilization, whilst others like Graham Hancock suggest that these Out Of Place Artifacts are only evidence of Lost a Human Civilization rather than an Alien Civilization.
The Lost Human Civilization
According to Hancock, the Ancient Astronaut Hypothesis emerges from ancient texts and traditions when they are read in the light of modern space-exploration technology in order to support the idea that an Alien Civilization once existed on Earth.
However, at present NO ancient archaeological site and NO ancient text or tradition provides persuasive evidence for the ancient astronaut hypothesis and its main idea that an Alien Civilization once existed on Earth.
In Hancock’s view, if one examines the original source material upon which Sitchin based his Ancient Astronaut Hypothesis you would see that Sitchin has created a gigantic work of science fiction masquerading as factual support for the idea that an Alien Civilization once existed.
For this reason, the Out of Place Artifacts pointed to by supporters of the ancient astronaut hypothesis are better explained by a Lost advanced Human civilization of prehistoric antiquity rather than a lost high-tech Alien Civilization built by visitors from another Planet.
Top 5 Anomalies & Out Of Place Artifacts
1. Klerksdorp Spheres
They were found in rock dated 2.8 billion years old and their presence in this Archaeological layer remains perplexing.
2. The Antikythera Mechanism
The next perplexing artifact was recovered by sponge-divers from a shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera, Greece. Its a sophisticated mechanism of gears whose existence 2000 years ago cannot be explained.
3. The Battery Of Babylon
The 2000 Ancient Battery of Babylon was unearthed in Baghdad in 1938. The device could create an electric charge, and this find is particularly remarkable since we only invented batters in 1799.
4. Egyptian Helicopoters & Inca Planes
The mystery of the flying machines of the Gods continues to reign. Our previous entry on the of Ancient India also shed some light on this extraordinary question.
Hieroglyphs such as those at the Egyptian Temple at Abydos only add to the mystery as they depict Helicopters, submarines and supersonic jets.
Meanwhile Golden Ancient Inca Model Aircraft suggest the presence of aviation technology amongst the Ancient Civilizations of South America.
The suggestion that Ancient Civilizations possessed advanced Aviation Technology which we are only beginning to understand today remains, and the jury is still out on how that will be eventually resolved.
5. The Piri Ries Map
Last but not least, is the Piri Ries Map.
In 1929, a group of historians found an amazing map drawn on a gazelle skin. Research showed that it was a genuine document drawn in 1513 by Piri Reis, a famous admiral of the Turkish fleet in the sixteenth century.
The controversy lies in that the Piri Reis map shows the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. The northern coastline of Antarctica is perfectly detailed even though the map was drawn 300 years before it was discovered, drawing the coastline in perfect detail even though it was under ice.
Conclusion: Alien Civilization or Lost Human Civilization?
Whether Historical anomalies like Ancient Megalith Structures and Out of Place Artifacts demonstrate the existence of an Alien Civilization or a Lost Human Civilization is not clear.
Perhaps the answer lies in combining both theories.
In Ancient Aliens Debunked, our previous entry based on a documentary by the same name which you can read here, we also noted that the Ancient Astronaut Theory was not always correct in its interpretation of certain Out Of Place Artifacts, sometimes making exaggerated claims in order to shore up its support for the existence of an Alien Civilization in the past.
Nevertheless, its clear that unanswered questions remain and various new lines of enquiry continue to develop, expanding and enriching our understanding of the Human story.
The Ancient Astronuat Theory also continues to provoke interest and debate on the question of our origins and whether the Historical Timeline of Civilization provided by the current historical paradigm is correct.
For more on Out of Place Artifacts and the Lost Alien Civilization argument, check out the Ancient Astronaut Archive video below.