Ancient Observations Of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

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Wandjina rock art on the Barnett River, Mount Elizabeth Station (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ancient Observations Of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

For thousands of years ancient cultures depicted ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ (UAP) on rock art, but if these are not Ancient Aliens, as some popular media outlets would propose, what were the strange lights in the sky that perplexed mankind’s ancestors?

Classic Vernal Style petroglyph by Fremont culture, Utah. With its anthropomorphic trapezoidal torso and broad shoulders with a narrow waist it may be susceptible to the pseudoscientific, Ancient Astronaut Theory. (CC BY-SA 2.5)

The term ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ is a contemporary term, much more accurate than ‘UFO’ when used to describe something witnessed in the sky, or air, without entertaining ideas about extraterrestrial visitors. Furthermore, not everything in the sky is flying and if something is unidentified then it cannot at the same time be called an object. The words ‘aerial’ and ‘phenomena’ more accurately describe the unknown nature of what may be observed in the skies and the term UAP opens up the discussion from “Alien or not,” to include studies into unknown geological, chemical and piezoelectrical phenomena which all may appear as objects in the sky. Thus, with the self imposed restriction of not mentioning Ancient Aliens, what then were mankind’s ancestors observing seeing zipping around in ancient skies?

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