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The Lies Surrounding Ancient Aliens and Why It Isn’t Real Science
Whatever legends were written in the Mahabharata, their translation and interpretation have been fouled by the modern mind. Shutterstock.

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.

The Lies Surrounding Ancient Aliens and Why It Isn’t Real Science
The “facts” pointed out about the site of Mohenjo Daro end up not being true at all. Shutterstock.

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. 

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