Back in May 2015, I wrote a post about what evidence we’d find if aliens had visited Earth in ancient times. http://dynamiclethargyfilms.ca/if-there-really-were-ancient-astronauts-what-kind-of-evidence-would-we-find/ In that post I asked what kind of evidence would convince me that aliens had visited Earth.
Much of the evidence presented to support the ancient alien visitation hypothesis, is also used to support the advanced prehistoric civilization hypothesis. My discussion below would therefore also apply to that hypothesis.
Am I a Denier or a Skeptic?
So far, none of the evidence presented by advocates of the ancient alien visitation hypothesis has convinced me that there was any truth to the hypothesis. The difference between a denier and a skeptic is that a skeptic can say what kind of evidence would cause them to change their mind. When I wrote the last post, I couldn’t think of what might convince me, but I have thought about it several times since then.
Evidence: Show Me the Garbage
Recently I read an article on the Internet that reminded me that archaeologists find the study of people’s garbage dumps very useful in their research. What struck me was that the evidence proposed to support the ancient alien visitation hypotheses is by and large stone constructions. These can be explained in other ways.
If aliens had visited Earth and spent some considerable time here, surely they would have left some kind of garbage. If there had been a large scale presence of aliens in ancient times, we would find garbage that reflected a more advanced level of technology almost everywhere. These large accumulations of garbage would leave little doubt that aliens had visited. This kind of discovery of garbage would convince me of the reality of alien visitations.
For example, in recent times, modern humans have created vast amounts of garbage. You can find plastic garbage just about everywhere. It will take centuries for these plastics to biodegrade, and even then, they would leave evidence that could be detected thousands of years in the future.
I don’t think any of the advocates of alien visitation have explicitly looked for garbage. There have been several finds that might be classed as garbage, but none that convince me.
Counter Argument: The Aliens Were Neat Freaks
If we do not find any ancient alien garbage, does that prove they didn’t visit? You could argue that the reason we don’t find garbage is that they were very advanced and did not create any garbage. Maybe they picked up everything before they left.
I think this is a possible explanation. Certainly many people today want to reduce the amount of garbage we produce. A more advanced society could have successfully reduced the volume of their garbage to the point that it is undetectable.
That isn’t my concern here though. I did not set out to convince others that alien’s did not visit. I wanted to find an example of the kind of evidence that would convince me that I was wrong about ancient alien visitation. Large volumes of alien garbage found in many parts of the world would be that kind of evidence.
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