Aliens or Lost Civilization?

Ancient Alien or Lost Human Civilization?

‘Out-of-Place Artifact’ (OoPArt) 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 persistently posed by Out of Place Artifacts is whether they are evidence of advanced past Ancient Alien or Lost Human Civilization.

Zechariah Sitchin and other proponents of the Ancient Astronaut Theory suggest that such artifacts are evidence of an Ancient Alien Civilization, whilst on the other end of the unacknowledged History spectrum you have Graham Hancock and others taking the position that it is evidence of an advanced Human Civilization.

We’ve covered the Anunnaki angle considerably as part of the ongoing ‘Anunnaki Chronicles‘ series, and today, we shed light on the alternative Graham Hancock argument on whether the past reveals the presence of an Ancient Alien or Lost Human Civilization.

The Evidence: Ancient Alien or 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. However, at present NO ancient archaeological site and NO ancient text or tradition that provides persuasive evidence for the “ancient astronaut hypothesis”.

In his view, if one examines the original source material upon which Sitchin drew, and comparing what you find to how Sitchin presented it in his Earth Chronicles series, you would see that Sitchin has created a gigantic work of science fiction masquerading as fact.

As such. Out of Place Artifacts, the anomalies of history and prehistory pointed to by advocates of the ancient astronaut hypothesis are far better and more elegantly explained as emanating from a lost, advanced HUMAN civilization of prehistoric antiquity than from high-tech alien visitors from another Planet.

His verdict on whether the past reveals an Ancient Alien or Lost Human Civilization is therefore that it is a lost Human Civilization that we should credit and not Ancient Aliens.

Top 5 Anomalies & Out Of Place Artifacts

1. Klerksdorp Spheres


Over the last few decades, miners in South Africa have been digging up mysterious metal spheres ( aka Klerksdorp spheres). Origin unknown, these spheres measure approximately an inch or so in diameter, and some are etched with three parallel grooves running around the equator. Two types of spheres have been found: one is composed of a solid bluish metal with flecks of white; the other is hollowed out and filled with a spongy white substance.

The rock in which they where found is Precambrian – and dated to 2.8 billion years old! Who made them and for what purpose is unknown, and they eerily resemble the ‘Death Star’ Satellite Planet from the famous ‘Star Wars’ franchise.

2. The Antikythera Mechanism


The next perplexing artifact was recovered by sponge-divers from a shipwreck in 1900 off the coast of Antikythera, Greece where a hunk of corroded bronze that contained some kind of mechanism composed of many gears and wheels was salvaged from the Ocean. It is a sophisticated system of differential gears of a complexity not known to exist until 1575….It is still unknown who constructed this amazing instrument 2,000 years ago or how the technology was lost.

3. The Battery Of Babylon



In 1938 a 2000 year old Ancient Battery was unearthed in Baghdad by German archaeologist Wilhelm Konig. It is a five-inch-long (13 cm) clay jar containing a copper cylinder that its edge was soldered with a 60-40 lead-tin alloy, and bottom was capped with a crimped-in copper disk and held in place with asphalt or bitumen.

According to the experts, the device after being filled with an acid or alkaline liquid could create an electric charge. Important is to emphasize that electric batteries were not invented until 1799 by Alessandro Volta.

4. Egyptian Helicopoters & Inca Planes


Maya Planes

The mystery of the flying machines of the Gods continues to reign. Our previous entry on the Vimana Epics 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: Ancient Alien or Lost Human Civilization?

Whether Historical anomalies like Ancient Megalith Structures and Out of Place Artifacts demonstrate the existence of an Ancient Alien or Lost Human Civilization remains contested…Perhaps the answer lies in combining both theories instead of adopting a mutually exclusive approach to either theory.

Nevertheless, its clear that various new lines of enquiry continue to develop, expanding and enriching our understanding of the Human story…That in itself is progress, and we will continue to follow the latest revelations in an effort to answer what is perhaps Humanity’s ultimate question.

For more on Out of Place Artifacts and the Lost Human Civilization argument, peep the Ancient Astronaut Archive video below, as well as Graham Hancock’s website and his seminal work on the lost ancient Human Civilization, ‘Fingerprints Of The Gods’.


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