The ancient history of UFOs and the unclassified document of Oppenheim and Einstein
An unidentified flying object, or UFO, in its most general definition, is any apparent anomaly in the sky that is not identifiable as a known object or phenomenon. Although its definition encompasses any unexplained aerial phenomena, in popular culture, the term has generally become synonymous with an extra-terrestrial spacecraft.
UFO sightings have been reported throughout recorded history and in various parts of the world, raising questions about life on other planets and whether extra-terrestrials have visited Earth. They have become a major subject of interest, and the inspiration behind numerous films and books, however, sadly they are also the focus of intense ridicule. For decades there has been a move, deliberate or not, to diminish the importance of UFOs and create a public belief that UFOs are a hoax. However, unexplained aerial observations have been reported throughout history, from prehistoric times until the present day.
Some ancient depictions of flying objects in the sky were undoubtedly astronomical in nature: comets, bright meteors, planets that can be seen with the naked eye, or atmospheric optical phenomena such as lenticular clouds. An example is Halley's Comet, which was recorded first by Chinese astronomers in 240 BC and possibly as early as 467 BC. Such sightings throughout history often were treated as supernatural portents, angels, or other religious omens.
However, we cannot just assume that what our ancient ancestors saw and recorded on cave walls or in ancient texts were astronomical or environmental phenomena. Like today’s sightings, there appears to be a small percentage of sightings that are simply ‘unexplained’, and many of the records existing from our ancient past certainly raise intrigue, like the prehistoric cave painting to the left, which bears a similarity to images painted centuries later in the 16 th century Summer’s Triumph Tapestry , and which also ties in closely with modern day UFO accounts. There are also the Aboriginal cave paintings of the ‘Wandjina’ spirits, which appear to represent alien visitors.
Proponents of the ‘ancient astronaut’ perspective point to numerous myths and legends telling of ‘sky gods’ descending from the sky, and historical texts dating back 4,000 years that appear to describe flying crafts. In the Vedic literature of India, such as the Rg Veda, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana, there are many descriptions of flying machines called Vimanas which were used in warfare in ancient times. The Vimanas were said to be able to fly in the earth's atmosphere as well as into outer space, distant planets and be submerged underwater.
In the pyramids of Egypt, archaeologists have found hieroglyphs that resemble the UFOs that are described in sightings up to the present day. Centuries later, we have the pre-Columbian gold artefacts found in Central America, which appear to be perfect models of flying crafts. Later, in the medieval period, there was an abundance of art produced which appear to depict UFOs in the sky.
The 14 th century painting called 'The Crucifixion', which is located above the altar at the Visoki Decani Monestary in Kosovo, appears to depict a man in some kind of craft looking back over his shoulder.
As the ‘debunkers’ correctly point out, none of these ancient depictions alone can be taken as conclusive evidence of the existence of extra-terrestrial life. But they do, at the very least, raise the possibility that extra-terrestrials have indeed visited Earth, and that just as people today regularly report sightings of unidentified objects in the sky, so to might our ancient ancestors have encountered objects that they could neither identify nor explain.
Considering the above, it therefore seems sensible that UFOs should be the subject of scholarly debate and scientific investigation. Instead, what we see today is an internet full of fake images, hoax videos, sensational Hollywood movies, and misinformation that makes it virtually impossible for a legitimate researcher to pull out facts from the very large haystack of rubbish.
It also appears that our governments are not exactly forthcoming when it comes to offering information about their own research on the matter. We only need to look at the CIA’s announcement in August 2013 that Area 51 does exist, despite decades of denying it and brandishing anyone who dared to suggest it as a mere conspiracy theorist. Fortunately, there do exist some scientifically-driven organisations, such as SETI and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), which take an objective approach to the study of UFOs.
This brings us to an unclassified Top Secret document written by Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist, and Albert Einstein, a German theoretical physicist, who wrote a joint report on the issue of “Relationship with Inhabitants of Celestial Bodies”.