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UFOs: How Long Have They Been Around?

The term "flying saucer" was coined in 1947 when pilot Kenneth Arnold used the term to describe the fast moving discs he observed while in flight. That was the beginning. Or was it?

Actually, Unidentified Flying Objects have been spoken of, written about and drawn, painted or woven into the history of mankind. Ancient oral histories from around the globe describe brothers from the stars that assisted budding cultures in agriculture, astronomy, and other forms of knowledge. The earliest Greeks worshipped 'Sky Gods' that descended to Earth as 'Divine Kings' who delivered enlightenment. Ancient words and traditions cannot be documented, although it is probably safe to assume that at least a grain of truth runs through these histories.

Is there any physical evidence left by our ancestors that could possibly support the concept of extraterrestrial civilizations visiting our forefathers? There is.

Petroglyphs in the high desert of Arizona depict a classic saucer shaped disc descending to earth. Other places around the world have glyphs, such as those in Val Comonica, Italy, or those etched by Australian aborigines, that show helmeted gods. Cave drawings in Tassili in the Sahara, and Australia depict the same. Giant human figures carved into the hills of England, and the desert floors of Peru and California pay homage to someone of importance.

The Neolithic Jomon of Japan produced small clay statues that appear to depict space-suited, space-helmeted people. The statues are called Dogu have been carbon dated to as far back as 4000 B.C. When the Dogu are compared to early NASA photographs of space suits or even Navy diving suits, the similarities are uncanny.

As one moves through time, the techniques of description change and begin to incorporate metal, paint and textiles. Carvings in the Minoan 'Disk of Phaistos', a 17th Century bronze medallion in the Museum of Heraklion, Greece, is believed to be the earliest known example of metal stamping or printing. The disk, which contains 241 pictographs, has yet to be fully deciphered, however, it clearly shows an object that has become accepted as the classic UFO.

Hanging prominently in the Notre Dame de Beaune church in the French Cote D'or is a marvelous medieval tapestry that illustrates the life of the Virgin Mary. In the sky, above the trees and near the bell tower of the church is an large obvious hat shaped object. It could be a priest's hat, but why would it be woven into the tapestry?

A wooden plank at the Earls D'Oltremond in Belgium, Moses can be seen receiving the Ten Commandments while a squadron of flying vessels hover overhead. An early 14th Century fresco shows an egg-shaped aerial vehicle, containing a man and traversing the heavens. Renaissance artists such as Fra Lippo Lippi, Paolo Uccello, and Piero Della Francesca depict religious scenes with orbs, silvery discs, and other unidentified flying objects.

When one begins to inspect the remnants of oral traditions and ancient art, even in a rudimentary fashion, questions can't help but form. As a collective society, has the Earth been visited by other-worldly beings? According to oral histories, we are the result of a union of men from the sky and the daughters of man. Are we the products of past visitations by extraterrestrials?

Each of us has to determine individually the possibility and/or validity of past, present, and future extraterrestrial visitations. If history does indeed repeat itself as it has demonstrated time and time again, then shouldn't we attempt to understand the legacy the cave painters and glyph carvers left for us to decipher?

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Why would this artist portray a man in an egg-shaped spacecraft?

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A coin minted in 1680 depicts an odd disc-shaped flying object.

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Anthropologists and archeologists believe the Disk of Phaistos tells the story of a man's life. Did he encounter a disc-shaped UFO?

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A medieval tapestry depicts an unusual hat-shaped object in the sky.

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Many paintings by Piero Della Francesca, including The Baptism of Christ, contain lenticular shaped clouds that many believe to be UFOs.

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Note the unusual object above and behind Mary's shoulder in this depiction of Madonna and Child.

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