Several weeks ago I had written up a short, critical review of Ancient Aliens Debunked, which I found to be an excellent resource for skeptics of ancient astronauts hypotheses, though I had some reservations. However, I have been rather lazy in realizing that the creator of that film has been still ever-so busy making content to explain how wrong the ancient aliens people (acronym AAT) are.
Not only is there a podcast, but there are occasional blog entries on the topic of alleged extraterrestrial encounters. And apparently, one of the staples in the theory is the idea that we have a wood cut from medieval Germany of a space battle over the city of Nürnberg.
I have to say, that’s an amazing claim. I have attached the image that these AAT people use, and it’s definitely an interesting image. And if you were so inclined, you’d think there are all sorts of things flying around the skies over the famous Franconian city in 1561. Then again, we has to remember that this is not a picture but an artist’s version of the sky based not on his own witnessing but from other’s records. So you have to consider both a poor quality of transmission of the information and, more importantly, artistic licence.
As the blog post by Frank Johnson shows, this same book with the image in it also has flames from the clouds hang over the entire city as well. So maybe, just maybe, we don’t have a Kodak moment here. Moreover, there is text that goes with these images (in archaic German), and there are other things to consider what might instead explain what the people of Nuremberg were seeing almost 500 years ago.
Now, I’m saying it was aliens, but… it’s probably not aliens. Check it out for yourself. It’s great research and shows that the people at Ancient Aliens Debunked do their homework, unlike those folks at The History Channel, where the past comes to die.
Only reservation that comes to mind is the translator of the text admits he isn’t an expert in the language (nor am I). Some points of subtlety may be lost, but the overall argument is based much more on astronomy and observations than the particulars of an irregular verb in Deutch.