Ancient Aliens – The Desert Codes: Could giant ancient drawings found etched into the desert floor be part of an ancient alien code?
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 – The Desert Codes
The first segment covers ancient stone walls across the Near East that were likely used as enclosures for herding animals to their deaths. The show suggests that the walls were not hunting enclosures but were instead geoglyphs. The show then makes a false claim, that geoglyphs were meant to be viewed from the air. That’s a bit like suggesting that a football gridiron is meant to be seen by blimps. They can be, but that isn’t really the point. Geoglyphs can be seen from the air, but they likely had more earthbound purposes, much like the way Christian churches have cruciform shape even though it is not easy to see from within. The symbolism is the important part, not the appreciation of it from afar.
Ancient Aliens next relates geoglyphs to petroglyphs, suggesting that the same symbols appear on the ground and on rocks for some unstated reason that is implied to be aliens. A complex geoglyph from Nazca somewhat similar in shape to a Tibetan mandala is referenced, and it was first seen on In Search of Aliens many years ago and recycled several times afterward on the Ancient Aliens mothership.