Ancient Astronaut hypothesis (Ufology)

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The Ancient Astronaut hypothesis is a position in ufology that proposes extraterrestrial visitors have influenced human development - including technology, language, culture, religion - from ancient times, based on interpretations of archaeological and historical records. Proponents of this hypothesis often include conjectures that megalithic monuments (such as Göbekli Tepe) and later-era constructions (such as the Giza Pyramids) were constructed by, or with assistance from, extraterrestrial visitors, and that such monuments may serve alternate purposes to those argued by conventional historians.


  • von Däniken, Erich (1968), Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past 
  • Kolosimo, Peter (1970), Not of This World, London: Souvenir,  — [translation of Non è Terrestre]
  • von Däniken, Erich (1971), Gods from Outer Space; Return to the Stars, or Evidence for the Impossible 
  • Blumrich, Josef F. (1974), The Spaceships of Ezekiel, New York: Bantam  — [translation of Da Tat Sich Der Himmel Auf]
  • Kolosimo, Peter (1976), Spaceships in Prehistory, Secaucus, N.J.: University Books,  — [translation of Astronavi Sulla Preistoria]