Ancient Nuclear Weapons (Indus Valley)

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Ancient Atom Bombs
Fact, Fraud, and the Myth of Prehistoric Nuclear Warfare

Contents
I. The Myth of Ancient Atomic Warfare

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II. The First Ancient Atomic Bomb Theories

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III. The Tesla Death Ray

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IV. Big Theories, No Evidence

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V. What It All Means

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Works Cited

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ANCIENT ATOM BOMBS? ● 1

I. The Myth of Ancient Atomic Warfare

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N FEBRUARY 2008, GLOBAL DIGNITARIES gathered to
inaugurate the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository for plant life designed to withstand nuclear war so survivors could restart civilization with healthy seeds. Magnus Bredeli-Tveiten, who oversaw construction of the vault, told the Associated Press that he expected it to last as long as the 4,500-year-old pyramids of Egypt. However, for a certain percentage of the public, ancient civilizations like Egypt are just one key to a nuclear war that already happened--thousands of years ago. Believers maintain that in the distant past either

extraterrestrials or a lost civilization like Atlantis detonated nuclear weapons, producing terrible devastation. This disaster was recorded, they say, in the Bible, Hindu scriptures, and world mythologies. Sodom and Gomorrah felt the sting of nuclear weapons when “the L ORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah --from the LORD out of the heavens.” (Genesis 19:24-25, New International Version). An ancient Indian epic was said (erroneously, as we shall see) to describe a “single projectile charged with all the power of the universe. An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as ten thousand suns rose in all its splendor.” To believers, these sound like eyewitness accounts of nuclear bombs being dropped from above. To skeptics, these sound like imaginative interpretations of the equivalent of prehistoric science fiction.

2 ● JASON COLAVITO

No mainstream scientist or historian endorses the idea of
prehistoric atomic bombs, and nearly all experts believe the evidence cited to support the idea is misinterpreted at best and fraudulent at worst. For example, believers hold that deposits of 28 -million-year-old glass found buried in the deserts of Libya are the result of ancient atomic bombs that melted the desert sand. In fact, according to geologist Evelyn Mervine, the glass (while still not completely understood) is likely the result of either a meteorite impact or volcanic action.

Textual Literalism
One of the key tenets of the modern ancient astronaut or lost civilization craze is the belief that ancient scriptures are the literal testament of what has gone before. For this reason young-earth creationists still claim that the earth is only 6,000 years old, and others take literally the harrowing adventure the Hebrew patriarch Enoch was said to have had in heaven. But this textual literalism tends to be highly restricted, confined to specific texts, typically those that are least familiar or accessible to the average reader and thus most difficult to check. From the very beginning of the ancient astronaut movement,

Hindu mythology, exotic to Western eyes, has been a mainstay of ancient astronaut theories. Ancient Ve dic epics, running into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of words each were perfect for out of context quoting since ancient astronaut writers could be fairly certain no one would be able to find and check their accuracy. These theorists wish us to believe that ancient Indian Vedic literature is every bit as true as a modern-day news report. “Researchers” like selfproclaimed “real life Indiana Jones” David Hatcher Childress fervently argue that the flying machines and powerful weapons described i n the Indian Vedas were actual airplanes and even nuclear weapons. It is this latter claim of ancient atomic warfare that has sparked the interest of many internet conspiracy mongers, and these ancient atom bombs are a mainstay of the History Channel -style “ancient

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