A post! For real this time!

Here is the site in question: Warning, contains aliens

And here are my thoughts on such matters as an individual with experience in the field of ancient things…and also alien-related silliness. You’ll probably notice a theme as the list goes on.

6. Baalbek (any/all parts)
I’m just going to come out and say it. This is 100% manmade. It’s a fabulous multi-period site of worship that’s most known for it’s GIGANTIC stone blocks. The big daddy of all of those blocks never even made it into the finished Roman-era temple and is instead half-buried in the ground where it was quarried. It weighs tons. Lots of tons! Too many tons for a mere human to lift! Surely it must have been advanced, engineering-having extraterrestrial visitors who helped the poor little humans build their mighty temple? In short, no. ‘No’ is also the long answer. Honestly, if you combine a massive human workforce with some good ol’ fashioned Roman engineering, you can accomplish almost anything. People got real ambitious with their building projects back in the day and the multiple periods of building at Baalbek are a prime example of what people can do. Achieve your goals, kids!

5. Nazca Lines
Have you ever been to Chartres? Or are you at least aware of the labyrinth there? Hopefully you are now. I’m a fan of the theory that the Nazca Lines were similar creations, a sort of meditative maze to be walked as part of a personal or larger spiritual event to help the walker gain a deeper spiritual connection to the divinity of their choice. It should be noted that folks in South America liked to build big so it should come as no surprise that their mazes would also be big.

4. Palpa Flat Mountain (left)
Geology. End of discussion. Moving on.

3.Sacsayhuamán (right)
Pronounced close to ‘sexy woman’, this site is near and dear to my professional heart since I spent a good chunk of last fall learning all about this site in Peru. Once an Inca fortress and sun temple, it was mostly dismantled by the Spanish after they took Cuzco and the smaller stones were used to build the current cathedral and other bits of the city. The stones that remain were too big for the Conquistadors to move and so they’re left as a reminder of how impressive the fort used to be. Remember how I mentioned a paragraph or 2 up that South American cultures liked to build big? This would be another example of that. Even though people like to focus on the ‘OMG how did a culture without writing build things?!?’ part of all this, it’s more important to know that the Inca DID have a system of notation (they were ORGANIZED) and they truly mastered the art of Cyclopean masonry. There were no mystical spirit birds lifting stones into place, no UFOs beaming the giant stones from the quarry to the mystical site, none of that. Again, if you have some engineering ingenuity and a massive human workforce (plus a bit of motivation) you can do pretty much anything.

2. Pyramids of Giza
No. Just no. I truly cannot with people who are still trying to make the ‘aliens built the pyramids’ thing happen. We know SO MUCH about the buildings, the people who build them and to be honest, it’s no surprise that what was meant to be a ginormous tomb ended up being a ginormous empty tomb. It’s a giant, flashing, neon sign saying ‘Treasure In Here!’ to all of the ancient world. It was extremely common for tomb workers to re-enter tombs they had just finished building and walk out with bags of epic loot. This was not a new practice. In fact, it’s probably one of the oldest out there! We have physical evidence of many kinds that has helped us learn about the daily life of pyramid workers, we have documented scribbles on the stones that show how the different work gangs took responsibility for moving the stones where they needed to go and there is a whole mess of other artifacts, inscriptions and remains (of many sorts) that have allowed us to learn about how a ton of humans combined with some pretty amazing engineering smarts made, you guessed it, something big. Honestly, I think it’s a bit insulting that so many people are willing to sell our ancient ancestors so short and continue to claim that the people of Old Kingdom Egypt had neither the intelligence nor the ability to construct something just because *we* can’t wrap our heads around the idea that humans could do something like this.

1. Puma Punku
Lordy. This again? Please see the above paragraphs where I discuss large-scale South American building projects, Cyclopean masonry, and the wonders one can accomplish with a massive work force, ingenuity, engineering and a WHOLE lot of time.

Moral of the story: Just because we as 21st century humans don’t understand how something was build hundreds/thousands of years ago does not mean aliens built it. On a related note, just because something was created without use of what we deem ‘modern’ things like geometry (Pythagorean or otherwise), hydraulic machinery and forklifts doesn’t mean humans couldn’t have created it. If anything, our understanding of how the people of the ancient world worked is being hampered by our need to make things conform to what we perceive as the only way to do things. We’ll probably never fully understand the train of thought required to go from ‘Hey, this is a really big rock’ to ‘Let’s get this rock out of the bedrock, haul it 20 miles that way and then stack a bunch of them so we can create this awesome thing!’. Such things have come and gone from the human experience (booo) but the fact that they happened and we can still see the results of such thinking is still pretty darn cool.

And with that, back to work! I hope you’re all enjoying the new season of Ancient Aliens and I’ll post updates when I get them for the soon-to-be-epic Civilization Lost!