SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
2301 Wet River Road
Dayton, OH 45417
The first presentation in the AIA/SunWatch Winter 2013 Lecture Series: Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology, presented by Dr. Ken Feder, Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University:
When renowned scientist Carl Sagan suggested in 1963 that archaeologists might conceivably encounter evidence of extraterrestrial visitors to Earth in the distant past, he could scarcely have anticipated the fervor with which people would embrace such a possibility. We do know that he was appalled by how claims of evidence for such visits were uncritically accepted by readers of the books by Swiss author Erich von Däniken. We can only imagine how he would have reacted to the rebranding and recycling of von Däniken’s claims in the cable series Ancient Aliens on, of all things, the History Channel. But can such claims be easily dismissed? Are there examples of ancient art that can best be explained as depictions of alien encounters? Is the archaeological record filled with technological leaps that suggest input from an extraterrestrial intelligence? Finally, is the development of our species explicable only as the result of genetic input from a source beyond Earth? Returning to Sagan, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” In this presentation, I will attempt to assess the extraordinary claims made concerning the role of ancient aliens in human history.