3. The Visitors - Part 1

This week on Digging Up Ancient Aliens:

What would the Nazca Lines, elongated sculls, Akhenaten, and the Dogon tribe have in common? The answer seems obvious, according to the History Channels TV show Ancient Aliens, but what would an archeologist think?

This week, we'll be seeing the first half of Ancient Aliens Episode 2, "The Visitors." We head out with our host Fredrik once more to discover what is genuine, fake, and somewhere in between. We'll discuss South American cultures, Egyptian creation stories, African tribes and how it all fits into our current understanding of the past.

Remember that you are more than welcome to email me corrections if any are discovered; please include proper citations. All of our contact information is available at the contact section.

Sources, resources and further reading:

Buzz Aldrin punch a moon hoaxer

Hrdlicka A. 1939. Trepanation among prehistoric people, especially in America. Ciba Symposia 1

McGee WJ. 1894. Primitive trephining, illustrated by the Muniz Peruvian Collection. Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital 5

VERANO, ANDRUSHKO (2008) Cranioplasty in Ancient Peru: A Critical Review of the Evidence, and a Unique Case from the Cuzco Area, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

Vanessa Drake Moraga, Animal Myth and Magic: Images from Pre-Columbian Textiles (Larkspur, CA: Ololo, 2005)

Longhena and Alva, Splendours of the Ancient Andes. 

Moseley, The Inca and Their Ancestors.

 Pierantoni Campora, ed., The Paracas Culture

Denise Y. Arnold and Christine A. Hastorf, Heads of State: Icons, Power, and Politics in the Ancient and Modern Andes (London and New York: Routledge, 2016)

Torres-Rouff C (2004) Human skeletal remains from the Island of the Sun, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Am J Phys Anthropol Suppl 38:196

Garret J (1988) Status, the warriors class, and artificial cranial deformation. In: Blakely R (ed) The king site: continuity and contact in sixteenth century Georgia. University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA

Hart, George (1990) Egyptian myths, University of Texas Press

William Kelley Simpson Ed. (2003) The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry, Yale University Press; 3rd Revised & enlarged edition

Erik Hornung (2001) Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, Cornell University Press

Donald B. Redford (1987), Akhenaten: The Heretic King, Princeton University Press;

Music used in this episode:

Music: “Now we ride” by Alexander Nakarada (serpentsoundstudios.com)

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