Ancient Aliens – Island of the Giants: Treasure hunter Marty Lagina and Ancient Astronaut theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos explore the bizarre statues, mysterious pyramids and gigantic structures left behind by one of the most mysterious cultures in the ancient world in Sardinia, Italy.
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Ancient Aliens is an American television series that premiered on April 20, 2010, on the History channel. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment in a documentary style, the program presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. The show has been widely criticized by historians, cosmologists, archaeologists and other scientific circles for presenting and promoting pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudoarcheology.
Ancient Aliens – Island of the Giants
Since the days of the Roman Republic, the island of Sardinia has been stereotyped as the home of bumpkins and rubes, and there is an almost equally long tradition of Sardinians trying to fight back against the misperception by imagining a far greater history for their island than its already impressive ancient past presents. So, too, have many European scholars fallen for the efforts to reimagine Sardinia as a land significant both the Classical and Biblical civilizations.
Although virtually unknown in the English-speaking world until 1849, the since the days of Delisle de Salles in the eighteenth century, and continuing today, there has been a school of thought arguing that the impressive Bronze Age ruins of Sardinia were those of Atlantis, which Italian writers from the nineteenth century to the present have imagined them the work of the biblical Nephilim. More specifically, the argument ran that the defeated Canaanites, descendants of the Nephilim, escaped to Sardinia where they rebuilt their civilization. You can read the longest English account of the Italian theory, from 1849, here.
In this episode, Ancient Aliens covers the same material as Forbidden History five years ago, and it returns us to a time before 1849, when legends about giants weren’t just the colorful folklore of Sardinia’s actual country bumpkins but was a widely shared cultural myth designed to foster ethnic pride in the face of encroaching assimilation from the mainland.