Ancient Aliens Debunked – Part 8

Tomb of Ptahhotep
Saqqara, Egypt

Below on the left is a photo taken inside the Tomb of PtahHotep, Saqqara, Egypt, which dates back to the 5th Dynasty (about 2400 BC). If you look closely, inside the white box, ancient alien believers say they see a grey alien (or “Grey”)[read more].

Greys are small-bodied sexless extraterrestrial (ET) beings with smooth grey skin, enlarged head and large black eyes [read more].

Do you see a grey alien? Many ancient alien believers see a grey alien:

«We were flabbergasted to say the least when we took a closer look at this image and could make out an ‘alien grey’ in the bottom of the picture! Does this prove that the building and placement of the Pyramids were aided by alien intelligence?» [source]

«This picture could explain why the Egyptians appeared to be so technically advanced, and how they were able to build the Pyramids with such precision.» [source]

If this isn’t a grey alien then what is it? Below is a much clearer and more detailed illustration of the same painting from an illustrated book entitled “All of Egypt” (Bonechi ed.):

What you’re looking at is a vase containing some lotus blossoms (a plant) with a bud on each side. In order to understand the context, let’s see the complete picture grey alien believers will never show you:

The picture shows servants offering the vase with the lotus blossoms along with food, fruits and animals to Ptahhotep (seated at the table on the left). Ptah-hotep served during the reign of Izezi (2388 till 2356 BC) as an oracle and advisor.

Lotus blossoms are depicted in other parts of the tomb of Ptahhotep:

A carrier is holding a small jar of the same shape as the “alien”:

Other vessels similar to the one mistaken for the alien can be seen in other paintings depicting the ritual feasts offered to the gods in many other Egyptian tombs. This is a famous frescoe from the tomb of Nebamun (London, British Museum):

Conclusions: The painting in the tomb of Ptahhotep at Saqqara doesn’t contain any aliens – grey or otherwise. The painting represents the “offering to the gods”, and in particular the face of the presumed alien is a lotus blossom in a vase.

* The information contained herein is based primarily on the work of Diego Cuoghi and the sources listed below:

15 responses

  1. Nicely explained – i was always mystified by the photographs of the ‘Saqqara Alien’ – but the lotus does seem pretty clear! I’d be interested to see your take of the relief in the Temple of Inscriptions at Palenque, Mexico.

    1. If you are referring to the sarcophagus lid, all you have to do is know rudimentary Mayan history, religion and culture. Pakal is descending to the underworld (or re-ascending from the underword, depending on which stage in the narrative this is), under the axis of the great ceiba tree. In fact, how the sarcophagus was found was by the vents connecting the sarcophagus to the overworld as Pakal journeyed further to and from the underworld.

      Much of this is confirmed by the glyphs themselves. What is not is easily confirmed by all the other available glyphs, literature and other available information. The human race was waylaid by Erich von Däniken and his silly “Chariots of the Gods” in the 60s, which suggested all of these artifacts and works of art were evidence of alien intervention, space travel, or other such nonsense.

      In fact, the Palenque question is one of the very easiest to resolve. The fact people still ask questions about Palenque shows they are not paying attention to the ubiquitous scholarship and information about Palenque.

      One of the easiest places to start is

      If you want a scholarly paper on all the inscriptions, you can find that here:

      Warning: It is quite dry. But all these things together contribute to many volumes of indisputable information about this temple.

      For those who prefer pseudoarchaeology, no amount of proper science, anthropology or archaeology will satisfy them. For those who prefer a more intelligent, intellectual approach, the answers are quite straightforward.

  2. I’m really impressed by all your research. Thumbs up! But, I would be 500 times more impressed if you debunk “The Madonna with Saint Giovanni” (and I think you’d find that one familiar). I’ve done my research but none has shown me a complete, firm explanation of it. Thank you and kudos!

  3. Hi there, interesting articles. I would however like to state that your title of “Ancient Aliens Debunked” is a bit innaccurate, since you are only really adressing medieval and renaissance Christian art in 98% of your analysis. As well as the fact that not a single one of the images bar the Ancient Egyptian “Alien Gray”, actually depicts or shows aliens, merely “UFO’s” or celestial objects.

    For instance, what do you make of the actual ancient depictions found in cave art and the like, ranging from 10,000 – 40,000 years old?

    Such as the following I have just uploaded here, a long with a couple of later depictions from Japan, and Germany.


  4. I’d love you to debunk the two UFO’s that I have seen. It would make life so much easier. In both cases, other people saw what I saw in the vicinity (the first reported in the newspaper, the second on an app. on my phone, showing local sightings) and I have not met these people,so there was no hallucination on my part, or mutual hallucinations shared by happy people. I’ve looked up all possible things they could have been, swamp gas yadda yadda, on the internet. Could you direct me to a place where I could get further information?

  5. Based on your comment I would love to hear what you have to say about the simple fact that about 70% of all the very reputable scientists around the world now believe that there is a 100% chance there is life outside of earth. It’s pretty ignorant that people think we are the only planet that has life on it. In one section of of the hubbles view there are trillions of other planets out there. So even if there is a 1 in 10 trillion chance of life out in space then there are millions of planets that may have life. Also we just assume that life forms, if out there, developed and evolved the way we did or that their worlds follow the scientific laws we have. The biggest joke of all is that people in the 21st century are trying to interpret what the ancient people were seeing or thinking. It is impossible to think the way they did, we just take our best shot at assuming we know the answers when we would have had to have been there to understand their mindset and the way they think. We can’t even do that with people in our own time. How many times have you seen the news about some country like Egypt explode with violence and said what the hell are they doing that for or why would they do that. Now try to imagine the way people the people thought 5000 years ago. Instead you idiots base your opinions on what the ” experts” tell you to believe. Just keep being good little sheeple and choke down the shit they feed you and tell you it’s filet mignon. I’m open minded, I’m not saying 100% there were ancient aliens but I won’t just dismiss it because the ” experts” tell you it’s impossible. Rennet at one point in time the earth was flat and earth was the center of the universe. The last thing is up until 50 yrs ago all the scientists thought no man made aircraft could break the sound barrier, when that happens it will blow their minds. Oh wait that’s been shattered already.

    1. I never said alien life forms can’t exist anywhere. I say there isn’t any evidence they have ever visited the earth. Simple mathematical odds favor the existence of some form of life somewhere outside our planet. This mathematical probability does not prove an alien life form has ever visited earth.

      My opinion is not based on any experts saying the existence of ancient earth aliens is impossible, my opinion is based on the lack of evidence that they DID exist here on earth. If you want to have a mind so open to anything and everything then you’ll really love the stories about ancient leprechauns and tooth fairies. Run Forrest, run.

    2. Justin, your views are very sympathetic: sober scepticism and opened-mindedness at the same time. Earnestly, to me this painting still remains ‘too interesting’ as the lights are coming from an unknown disc-formed object (why isn’t it just a triangle?), undoubtedly not the Moon, not the Sun or a meteor. Nobody wants to defy the religious content depicted with the otherwise hardly recognisable small pigeon on the middle of the disc. To me it’s most likely that Gelder himself or one of his acquaintances had already seen something before what we call today a UFO. This might have inspired him. There are exactly three beams, not a stream of rays and the disk is not burning on the rim with angels. The style of the picture is not mystic, it’s realist with a minimum of symbolism. We shouldn’t forget the age This is not an Italian art from the ‘dark mediaevals’, but also not from the 20th century with reflectors. Interesting.

    3. Justin, you say “…the simple fact that about 70% of all the very reputable scientists around the world now believe that there is a 100% chance there is life outside of earth?”

      Where do those numbers come from? You have surveyed all of the reputable scientists from around the world? Where is that survey? Speculation is not the modus operandi of science, so, at best, you might be correct if you were to ask about probability, considering the size of the universe, and the lack of categorical knowledge of our specific beginnings.

      However, that isn’t the same as saying that is what they believe, and it still is not an expression of science. It’s merely the response to relentless prodding, trying to get scientists to provide confirmation bias.

      I don’t know of a single reputable scientist that would say there is a 100% chance that
      there is life outside of earth. It is only possible for a scientist to say that if life outside of earth has been documented already. It’s kind of like “100% chance of rain”. In that case, they have an empirical basis for forecasting the rain. It isn’t speculation.

      Furthermore, outside the echo chambers of conspiracy theories and armchair fancies, the increasing frustration among scientists is exactly to what extent life is absent wherever they look outside of our planet.

      Perhaps you have some way to prove your outrageous statement?

  6. Wow, you just killed Justin. MIB, congratulations for your site. To be honest I don’t buy that any of the UFO or AAT enthusiasts has gotten this far genuinely believeing on what they profess, I think all has been thought out, premeditated, it’s being more like ‘let’s review all pertinent material and documents available out there and compile any piece of scripture, art, sculpture or architecture that is vague enough so we can use it to support our story which we know is appealing and will sell well’. They are now diversifying the Ancient Aliens series, almost to every aspect of our lifes, including weapons, well… How much are the likes of Erich von Däniken and Co. making these days through these series?

    1. The ancient aliens theory can only make sense to people ignorant of history. That’s what conspiracists do – find a void in knowledge and simply insert their theory. As soon as the void is filled with real knowledge the conspiracists simply move on to another void in knowledge.

      Just for the record, everything i learned and wrote about on these ancient alien pages i learned from the sources in the footnotes at the bottom of each post. Knowledge negates conspiracy theories. 🙂

  7. Wow, this was interesting! I never even knew Ufologists spent so much time looking into classic art for signs of alien life.
    Just stumbled upon your site as I was going through Am glad I did. Keep up the good work!
    Basil (the Roswell Alien; it’s a long story)

  8. You spend a lot of time and energy debunking aliens, yet you see nothing wrong with believing that an invisible being in the sky created the universe and everything in it in 7 days, really? Here you go if god created us who created him. There are more murders and child rapes that happen in the name of god, what a joke. Religion was a great tool to keep oppressed people down and in turn giving them unbelievable wealth and power.

    1. I don’t believe in spirits, ghosts, gods, demons, angels, aliens, intelligent designers, government conspirators, or any manner of invisible agents with power and intention. –

    2. Justin, you are guilty of classic binary fallacy, that things are either one thing or the other. What MIB comments on is the connection in art with the religious expressionists in history. He isn’t defending them. Rather, he is pointing out that the origins of the art are religious, not alien.

      I realize these posts are years old in many cases, so my commentary and response may fall on deaf ears.

      Consider this, for example:

      Moses, for many years, was depicted with horns in religious art. Why? Because Jerome, in his infinite wisdom, mis-translated from thee Hebrew texts in his translation to Latin. The church and its hired artists picked up on the mis-translation and depicted Moses with horns. And we know how reluctant the church can often be in admitting its mistakes…

      If that happens in that case in church art, it’s not hard to see how it could be quite pervasive.

      What MIB is doing is debunking the practice of deciding everything is about aliens and then making everything fit, when there are easy explanations often that don’t involve aliens at all. Instead of starting with the fanciful theory that everything confirms alien connections, take each thing without prejudice, one at a time, and don’t start with a theory. Look at the evidence and see what it is telling you. That is what MIB is doing.

      Otherwise, you ger the “logic” that i saw in a “documentary” on Bigfoot, where the Bigfoot hinter said, “I can prove Bigfoot exists. You can walk through the forest for 3 days and never see a bear.” So, by suggesting we already know bears exist, yet don’t see them, we can infer Bigfoot exists and we don’t see him, or aliens exist and we don’t see them. The difference between them and bears is we can prove bears exist. We can’t prove aliens exist. Not by a longshot.

      See the difference?

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