There is a reason why they are called the wonders of the world. Immortal ancient ruins like the pyramids of Ghiza make the modern mind wonder how it is possible that primitive people with nothing but rudimentary tools, a vision, and a few million dispensable slaves can achieve such a grand yet precise architecture. Their beauty is so amazing that some can more easily assume that they are the result of highly developed aliens who are doing minor mining operations on our planet – especially when these miracles were built on certain parts of the planet.
Accuse Indiana Jones that it is so exciting to believe that our past contains evidence of something extraterrestrial. Today, hundreds of articles, lists, and approximately 105% of the History Channel content are devoted to the question: Did they do aliens there, do they have pyramids? It combines the fun of learning history with the adventurous spirit of ufology, the saucer-centered conspiracy theories that have been downright cute by contemporary fools like Anti-Vaxxers or QAnon. They also lead to talking heads like the most memorable UFO logist in the world, Giorgio “Mr. Static”
But alien construction theories are much darker than they suggest. Go to a random article listing the most likely ancient alien monuments, and there is a chance that none of these buildings are within Europe. Many archaeologists, such as Sarah Parcak, have observed that the (white) historians and conspiracy theorists who make these hypotheses almost always tend to focus on places where black, brown, and indigenous people live. You will also often not deal with the fact that these miracles are actually not that old. The Moai are dated between 1250 and 1500 AD, while the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman was built around 1100 AD. And if the idea that Europeans could build aqueducts and big castles by then, while extraterrestrials had to show it, non-Europeans how to put stones on top of each other sound racist because it is.
Since extraterrestrial theories emerged immediately after the greatest popularity of eugenics and race theory, these extraterrestrial construction myths often even follow a classic form of colonial condescension that non-white peoples have and will always need a superior to give them the gift of civilization. It is valid for them to be so cynical of non-white achievements that one may wonder whether the mathematical majesty that is Teotihuacan’s pre-Aztec citadel or the Nazca geoglyphs is likely the work of a race of extraterrestrial superbeings . Who looks white? And male. And Anglo-Saxon.
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