Chariots of the Gods


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Chances are, you’re already quite familiar with the notion the ancient astronauts visited the earth and gave humans the tech support they needed to climb the ladder of civilization. There's no true proof to back it up, yet ancient astronaut speculation is a 20th century invention -- and one tied closely to a single bestselling author. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss Erich von Däniken and Carl Sagan's thoughts on ancient aliens.

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Pakal's sarcophagus lid, found in the Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque. Mayan civilisation, 7th-8th century.
Pakal's sarcophagus lid, found in the Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque. Mayan civilisation, 7th-8th century.
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Topics in this Podcast: aliens, history, technology