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I watched this documentary, but I am very skeptical of the evidence that they are using and their claims.

Ancient Aliens Season 1 Episode 2

The documentary uses ancient relics and evidences to try to prove that ancient civilizations built flying vehicles and tries to explain that by appealing to ancient people being visited by aliens. Any other information on the topic is much appreciated.

Can anyone with information on the subject tell me more about how much evidence we have for their claims?

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What are we defining as a "flying vehicle" does it have to carry humans or would just a flying device in and of itself quality? Also, what are you defining "ancient people" as? –  rob Apr 10 '12 at 13:21
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I finally had an epiphany. That documentary is where this meme came from: Ancient Aliens . –  Leo Jweda May 21 '12 at 23:47
    
While this documentary was probably just a bunch of bogus sensationalism, we can't completely dismiss the concept. Many ancient civilizations did mention accounts of "beings from other worlds", and it is even fitting with a Biblical account (I'm a Christian - but I'm going based on historical accounts here). While none of these accounts "prove" that these civilizations were visited by anyone or anything, or that they had flying vehicles and other advanced technologies, they do at least make it seem plausible, because it would be a bit weird for them to come up with the same storyline over and –  RolandiXor May 22 '12 at 18:37
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@RolandTaylor What would make it plausible is any sort of artifacts or actual writing stating that this technology existed. As it is, all we have is (1) no artifacts displaying advanced technology (the closest I'm aware of is basically a gear) and (2) no one claiming to have that kind of technology (documentaries usually reference things like "The gods were said to fly through the air in chariots -- clearly they mean space ships!"). –  Brendan Long May 23 '12 at 5:08
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Re BrendanLong's 'point 1', I think kites are closer. @jwenting, this looks to me like an un-disprovable claim. Clearly it is physically possible to construct a flying, or at least gliding, machine with fairly ancient tech (something like the Wright Flyer). It's also physically possible to build a boat from reed or balsa and sail across an ocean. But while there is no conclusive evidence of this happening, you can't prove that it didn't. –  hunter2 Jul 8 '13 at 11:08
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