In one episode, Ancient Aliens tells the story of the Mitchell-Hedges skull, a crystal skull that explorer Anna Mitchell-Hedges supposedly found while on an expedition with her father and his team. The sheer perfection of the skull seems to be evidence that the alien activity created it.
Except that the entire story behind the Mitchell-Hedges skull is entirely false. Every single crystal skull known to be in existence, including the ones owned by the British Museum, has been proven to be forgeries. The Mitchell-Hedges skull was the last one to fall, as its owner, Anna Mitchell-Hedges, refused to allow scientists to perform any tests on it while she was alive.
Following her death, her widower took the skull to undergo scientific testing. It suffered the same fate as every other crystal skull when it was also found to be a forgery.
There Is No Archeological Or Scientific Evidence Connected To The Crystal Skulls
Ancient Aliens makes a pretty big deal about the crystal skulls as irrefutable evidence of alien activity. The producers suggest a legend of the crystal skulls, which claims that there are 13 inhabited worlds whose residents have visited planet Earth. Each of those alien species left behind a crystal skull, which contained information for humanity to one day uncover.
When all 13 of the crystal skulls come together, they will do something remarkable. That these ancient alien civilizations left the 13th skull to the Mayan people is because the Maya were open to the secrets of the universe. However, there is no evidence that any of this legend is correct, and all of the crystal skulls known to be in existence are modern forgeries.
The Popularity Of The Crystal Skulls Is Thanks To The New Age Movement
Anna Mitchell-Hedges acquired her crystal skull from her father during the 1960s when the hippie movement helped spearhead the sudden popularity of New Age thought. Anna tried for years to sell the skull for a hefty profit but instead promoted it as a commodity to the New Age crowd.
Today, New Agers continue to look to the crystal skulls for inspiration about a higher plane, and they talk about the skulls’ frequency and vibration of being far superior to what most people experience. These ideas about frequency and vibration are directly connected to the New Age movement. They have nothing to do with the ancient native cultures that supposedly received the skulls from aliens.
No, The Prophet Ezekiel Did Not Write About Aliens
Ancient Aliens looks to the biblical book of Ezekiel, which contains apocalyptic imagery describing the glory of God. This imagery includes wheels within wheels and beings that have multiple faces. Ancient Aliens posits that the prophet was describing UFOs and aliens but did not have the vocabulary to express those ideas.
One problem with that hypothesis is that Ezekiel’s writing is incredibly detailed, specific, and nuanced. He described a temple complex so clearly that biblical scholars have no trouble mapping it out, and he certainly had the vocabulary to describe a silver disc flying through the air or a little gray man. But he didn’t. He was very clear about what he described, which, though apocalyptic, did not involve UFOs.
“Flames” In Biblical Apocalyptic Imagery Do Not Describe Spaceships
For evidence supporting the ancient astronaut theory, Ancient Aliens looks to depictions in the Bible about fire, particularly within apocalyptic imagery, as describing spaceships. They look at the fire surrounding the throne of God in Ezekiel’s imagery and the fire in the temple of God that Isaiah depicts as some examples.
The most technological problem with this view is that a combustible engine – one that engages fire – would be unsuitable interstellar or even interplanetary travel. To further debunk the hypothesis, the imagery in Isaiah explicitly depicts fire on coals – imagine using coal to power a spaceship from another solar system!
The Wheels Underneath The Throne Of God Are Not Spaceship Propellers
The biblical books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Revelation, and Isaiah all depict the throne of God and describe it as having wheels underneath it. Ezekiel took the most attention to detail, explaining wheels within wheels – virtually a wheel with spokes that connect to a rim, a prevalent wheel structure even today.
Ancient Aliens took Ezekiel’s depiction and said that the prophet was describing spaceship propellers. Nevertheless, this idea is entirely inconsistent with the actual text of Ezekiel, especially when that text is cross-referenced with other depictions of the throne of God.
The Mahabharata Does Not Describe Ancient Nuclear Wars
The Mahabharata is an ancient Hindu text that describes ancient warfare among the gods. Ancient Aliens claims that the document describes explosions that are “brighter than a thousand suns,” following which the survivors experience symptoms of radiation poisoning, including their nails and hair falling out.
While the idea of radiation poisoning in the far distant past may make for a great science fiction novel, these ideas are actually not even present in the Mahabharata. The producers do not reference where in the Mahabharata these ideas come from, and for a good reason: the claim emerged from a very modern book called Morning of the Magicians.
Mohenjo Daro Was Not The Site Of An Ancient Nuclear Attack
In keeping with the idea of ancient nuclear warfare, Ancient Aliens looks to the archeological site of Mohenjo Daro in Pakistan. To make their case, the producers claim that parts of the site have high levels of radiation, that the skeletons found on the site indicate that all of the people died suddenly and that the rocks underwent a process of vitrification, which involves excessive amounts of heat.
While those bits of evidence make for a compelling case that Mohenjo Daro was, in fact, the site of an ancient nuclear attack, the problem is that none of the evidence is accurate. Only 37 skeletons have been found at Mohenjo Daro; the skeletons are from people who lived within a full millennium of each other, and there is no evidence that anyone died suddenly.