Ancient Aliens Debunked: Dismantling the Chariots of the Gods

A few years ago, I sat in a diner with my little brother having a discussion.  Conversation turned to one of our favorite topics; ancient astronauts.  We two were always quizzical about the mysteries of life, and as we talked about each major ancient aliens theory point in detail, we became more and more convinced that it must be true.  Certainly, the History Channel had gone a long way to putting this at the forefront of our minds, but this was not my first encounter with the theory.

Quite a few years earlier, I was in college taking an Art History class.  Somehow amid lectures of Baroque paintings and flying buttresses, our professor decided that it was appropriate to show us the film adaptation of Erich von Däniken’s  Chariots of the Gods.  I was riveted.  It all seemed to plausible.  So exciting!

Fast-forward to a few weeks after the discussion between myself and my brother.  My parents came to town to visit us (we’d both moved to the same city at the time) and we commenced our ritual of sitting outside on the patio of a local bar enjoying a cold beer and a casual conversation.  Somehow this oddball discussion of ancient aliens came up again, and we learned that my father had read Chariots of the Gods: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past many years ago, and he too was fascinated by the subject.

All this to say that over the years I’ve heard just about every bit of evidence to support the Ancient Astronaut Theory (AAT) and am very familiar with the details of the claims.  It had all sounded reasonable to me for a long time (“ancient aliens = reasonable” shows you where my New Age mindset had long been) and I fell into a dangerous way of thinking.  I took all of these “experts” at their word, presuming that if there was any evidence contrary to what they were claiming, surely someone would have sounded that alarm and put these theories to bed.  Hearing and seeing no credible voices of protest, I was content to accept that what these fellas were saying was true.  No logical explanation existed for things like the Crystal Skulls, the Easter Island Moai, the construction of the Great Pyramids, the ruins of Pumapunku, The Nazca Lines, Teotihuacan, Pacal’s Sarcophagus, and the rest.  Aliens!!

With the popular History Channel TV show Ancient Aliens becoming the cornerstone of History Channel programming, I was never at a loss of new and fantastic AAT information to marinate in and wonder about.  Ancient Astronauts were mainstream, and their awesomeness was second only to the mystifying heavenward growth of Giorgio A. Tsoukalos’ hair.

As tends to happen, sometimes our worldview shifts.  Over time, I started to have difficulty fitting AAT into my evolving view of history and human existence.  Without knowing how to address this fact, I sort of brushed the AAT to the side and dismissed it, content to simply not think about it.  This is also dangerous, because my distance from a topic of this nature, particularly given my voice in the world of alternative media, can be assumed to be silent advocacy, or at least a peaceful coexistence/acceptance.

Along came Chris White and his documentary Ancient Aliens Debunked.  I have to admit that while the concept intrigued me, I sat on the film for a while before watching it.  I felt that I already knew what it was going to say.  I arrogantly presumed that it would be a film detailing the AAT claims and countering them with a sort of  “It wasn’t aliens, it was some other amazing phenomena like sound wave levitation or super-massive magnets” mentality which really wouldn’t convince anyone who was stuck on AAT.  I’d seen plenty of that kind of thing already and while it is a legitimate argument, it ain’t gonna win the die hard cult of Nibiru folks.

Finally, my husband and I found ourselves with a spare three hours and figured out how to stream You Tube videos through our Xbox 360 (we’re a little slow).  I suggested that we should give Ancient Aliens Debunked a whirl and he begrudgingly complied.  We were instantly impressed by White’s thorough research, his citing of sources, and his diligent adherence to the facts.  His is not a documentary of indoctrination, but a methodical deconstruction of nearly every AAT claim.  He shows that not only are the AAT claims about ancient history, ancient texts, ancient architecture and ancient civilizations grossly misinterpreted, they’re in many cases outright fabrications.

The major flaw with AAT is that it assumes all civilizations prior to what we would consider modern (maybe post Roman Empire) were inept and primitive.  While this may be true in comparison to our major advances of the past 100 years, it isn’t true in the sense that ancient man was incapable of marvels of their own, birthed from their own ingenuity and necessity.  Quite the contrary, their lack of the modern conveniences that we take for granted and assume are necessary for the most minute of tasks, made creative solutions to complex problems something to which our ancestors were quite adept, and fortunately they left vast stores of evidence behind.

That AAT dismisses obvious explanations in favor of ALIENS!! is an understatement.  That many AAT experts are willing to actually LIE about the evidence is a truism that I find disturbing.  From misrepresenting the construction of an ancient city in order to proclaim that it was clearly once used as an alien landing pad, to boldly claiming that Sumerian texts say something that they certainly do not, the leaders in the field of AAT have a lot of explaining to do, and I assume they won’t be backing down any time soon.

Nevertheless, I sense that this article will be met with criticism and skepticism.  I’ve made my Christian worldview no secret in the past year or so, and it is likely that many will dismiss this evidence without giving it a chance.  I get it.  I have been there.  One becomes emotionally invested in AAT and it is difficult to believe that it ALL could be wrong.  And yet, the evidence suggests that the entire premise is based upon a combination of conjecture, bad research, and yes… even lies.

The Ancient Aliens Debunked documentary does not rely upon one’s acceptance of Biblical principals in order to come to the conclusions that Chris White does.  What the documentary and its companion website do is to take the viewer on an exploration of the AAT claims and debunks them one by one with solid scientific evidence and thorough research that any scholar would have a difficult time ignoring.  Adding to the veracity of the scholarship in this film is the commentary supplied by ancient languages/history professor Mike Heiser.

What I’m asking is that you take the time to watch the full film.  Chris White has made it 100% free to view online and he’s not making a dime from its distribution.  This is not about making a name for himself or a fortune for his work, it is about a much needed voice of reason being injected into what has become the mainstream acceptance of a flawed theory.  If you’re going to leave a comment here, I just ask that you would PLEASE watch the full film first.  Go into it with an open mind and if you come away from it with your AAT beliefs still intact, please let us know why.  I’d really like to see a good discussion here, but I want it limited to those who’ve actually watched the film.

Watch the full presentation of Ancient Aliens Debunked right here:

Once you’ve watched the film, please take the time to visit the website AncientAliensDebunked.com.  The filmmaker has provided links to all of the evidence supplied within the film, as well as further analysis of AAT claims that weren’t featured in the film.

In fairness, Philip Coppens (one of the researchers featured in The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series) has posted a rebuttal of the film on his website, and you can read it here:  Debunking Ancient Aliens Debunked followed by Mr. White’s debunking of the debunking of his debunking (lol) here:  My Response to Philip Coppens – Debunking Ancient Aliens Debunked…Debunked

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  1. snc8698

    The last 15 minutes or so of the film were my favorite. The section on the Nephilim ironically parodies the entire film. Compare the classic definition of extra terrestrial of “outside of Earth” to the “Greys” pop culture definition.

    If the Lord and angels existed before Earth, then extra terrestrial is a synonym. Does this just boil down to an argument of semantics?

    That aside, I was pretty impressed with the debunking. I support the Biblical approach to extra terrestrials so I always found things like Pacal’s relief hard to swallow. In the past I rationalized shallow specifics but now the level of BS in this History channel program is quite clear.

    Thanks for the eye opener.

  2. DevinMacGregor

    I am an atheist. I really cannot stand the Ancient Aliens series. I tried to watch several episodes but I find myself standing and pacing back and forth in front of the TV wanting to do a rebuttal. When the 2 hour special came out I pretty much wrote off the History Channel having anything to do with history any more. I was in full agreement with this debunking as I have read and seen in other documentaries the debunking of this information BUT when he got to the flood story why such a means to try to say the Judeo account of the flood is more accurate than the Sumerian account due to Sumerian poetic license with inconsistencies? WITHOUT the original story we cannot say the Judeo acct is more accurate. What we can say is it may be more consistent. Why the author of this had to go on that tangent I have no idea since it has nothing to do with ancient aliens at all. To make a claim that Hebrew scribes had to memorize and had strict rules on copying text for accuracy does not mean the story is actually more accurate as well. What was it like BEFORE they started to write it down? Could it be possible that they saw inconsistencies and corrected them by deciding on a singular narrative? Then developed the strict practice to ensure nothing like that happened again then destroyed all the others that shown differences? It as well does NOT mean they did not get any of the elements of the story from Sumerian culture and simply made it better. It is funny how at the beginning this author is saying that Ancient Aliens acts like ancient humans were not very smart so needed aliens with power tools to cut stone then this author acts like those who wrote the Hebrew acct could not say it makes no sense that a barge could had survived this flood it had to be a boat and bigger. Not to mention the author makes no quips about the fact that humans learned how to do stone work INDEPENDENT of each other all around the world with striking similarities YET the flood story HAD to come from a single source since SOME not all of them have similarities. This is what brings to me to question why the other picked these last two to rebut. The Levant was a traveling area between Mesopotamia and Egypt Where trade travels so does culture. Not to mention we actually do not know when any of the Hebrew scriptures were actually written. An assumption is made when and that nothing was changed and that it was passed down by oral traditions unchanged beforehand. Well with Christians scriptures the same claim is made but is definitely not true. We can see that things have been altered and LONG after things have been added that were not there before. What we have is later an orthodoxy (right belief) set in to tell everyone that nothing has changed. The Jews went through the same process. Egypt had occupied the Levant for a LONG time. Its culture would had been imbued into the inhabitants. The Hyksos who occupied northern Egypt for centuries were finally defeated and pushed back to the Levant where they were from. They as well adopted Egyptian culture. Later we have Hittite, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians, etc etc. IF we take into acct that Hebrews (Israelite) were taken into captivity into Babylon it is NOT some stretch to say they adopted some local traditions. This is why we get the differences of Sadducee and Pharisee, The former strict by the book and temple centric Jews. The latter imbue ideas from OUTSIDE such as Zoroastrianism. The Pharisees brought us rabbis with synagogue worship and hence why they survived the wars with Rome and the Sadducee died out with the death of the Temple. But flooding happens today in MANY parts of the world and more than likely happened a lot more the closer we get back to the end of the last ice age AND when we had more volcanic activity which would had triggered tsunamis. According to physical anthropology humans moved out of Africa LONG before any of these text were written down. So IN Africa is your ONLY single point if one wants to maintain a SINGLE, original, flood story. What tsunamis? And how much flooding happened due to glacier on top of Kilimanjaro? The Nile had annual flooding. And in last when one wants to say the Hebrews were more accurate what is this inferring the TWO creation stories in Genesis? The Genesis acct of the flood or the revamping of the story with the Book of Enoch to which the author is trying to rebuke Ancient Aliens about giants/angels vs space aliens? The author is misleading over the question of a flood story by trying to act like he is being impartial. These flood stories are actually not the same. Take a look at them honestly without trying to validate your own faith. http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/flood-myths.html

  3. DevinMacGregor

    To further again the author of the video said that the Hebrew scribes due to policy were accurate while the Sumerians had inconsistencies. Well this is not true. The only accuracy is that they kept on writing the same inconsistencies down. http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/donald_morgan/inconsistencies.html

    This site I am assuming is a Jewish site. It is amusing how they resolve these conflicts but they are admitting that there are TWO flood stories at least. http://www.torah.org/advanced/mikra/5757/br/dt.58.1.02b.html#

    This is a common meme in Judeo-Christian culture, to gloss over the inconsistencies and form based on your culture a singular narrative that takes elements from each. This is how the gospels are reconciled.

    This is what is sad about this video. The author does so well till he feels some need to defend the bible over some non alien claim that the flood story from Sumeria is older and that the biblical acct may had come from it. Yet the author wants to imply due to not accurate claims that Hebrews were meticulous and rigorous in their zeal not to make mistakes in scripture not to mention the ludicrous notion that the biblical story is what more believable because it has an ark while the other has a cubed barge. This ignores the fact that yes an ark can float but the logistics is simply not there to maintain that volume of animals when we know of the number of animals on the earth today. Especially ones who exist in delicate Eco-systems that if removed will die. We then have to add so much more to the story that is not there to get back to this reconciliation of faith.

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