It‘s Probably (not) Aliens!

Was Earth really visited by mysterious extraterrestrial travelers thousands of years ago as many proponents of ”ancient astronaut theory” believe? What are the hidden secrets and mysteries behind ancient monuments and forgotten civilizations? Every week, historian Tristan Johnson and regular human person Scott Niswander dive through the archives to learn about the fascinating histories of ancient civilizations while also debunking the myths and straight-up lies presented in History Channel‘s massively popular tv show Ancient Aliens that has sparked a new generation of conspiracy theorists. We hope through this show, you can gain an appreciation for just how cool ancient societies were, and not simply credit their impressive advancements to alien visitors. NEW EPISODES EVERY WEEK! Follow the show so you don‘t miss an episode, and leave us a review! It really helps us out!

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Episodes

4 days ago

Did the Zuni people make first contact with alien life forms? Are they still in contact with them? Is this all just a really sad story of exploitation? The answer to at least one of those questions is yes, unfortunately. This one gets us all kinds of steamed up. Donate to help out the Zuni people: https://pueblorelieffund.org/home https://www.firstnations.org/covidfund/ Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Jan 11, 2022

How did the Dogon people know about a small companion star to Sirius A that you can’t see with the naked eye… without access to advanced equipment? Did aliens swoop down and tell these folks about the universe? Or was it a roaming band of French nerds? Donate to Friends of the Dogon: https://www.friendsofdogon.org Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Jan 04, 2022

King Akhenaten has an absolutely buck wild history! Any art depicting him looks drastically different than other Pharaohs, with a bulbous head, spindly arms, and overall alien-esque appearance. And after he died, any mention of him was scratched out of Egyptian history almost like ancient Egyptians were trying to cover something up... SPOILERS: They were. But it's not what you think. Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Dec 21, 2021

Did aliens REALLY crash-land in Roswell, New Mexico? How well can we trust our memories? How many times can Scott gasp this episode? And is this all some random guy named Dan’s fault? Let’s find out! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws  

Tuesday Dec 14, 2021

Stretching skulls to look more oblong has been a common practice all around the world for thousands of years across dozens of different cultures. But why did they do it? Could it be that ancient civilizations were trying to imitate the appearance of big-headed alien visitors from the past? Or did they just think it looked cool? Let’s find out! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Dec 07, 2021

We're back to talking about our favorite triangle buildings! Some ancient astronaut theorists believe that these big Egyptian beauties were once used as power plants to make and store electricity. What evidence does Ancient Aliens put forth for this enormous claim? Not a lot! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Wednesday Dec 01, 2021

Please do not listen to this podcast episode if you haven't eaten! We're talking about food in this one, folks! Specifically, the heavenly manna ancient jews survived on while wandering the desert. Some ancient astronaut theorists believe that this mysterious food didn't come from God, but instead came from a manna machine! And actually, manna is algae and not pancakes. We all thought manna was pancakes, right? Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Nov 23, 2021

The site of Pumapunku is home to some incredible, immaculate carved stones that are so precise that researchers are still today trying to find out how they were made. And, of course, whenever there’s a gap in knowledge, ancient astronaut theorists always fill it with ALIENS! But beyond those weirdos, these important ancient sites have been co-opted and weaponized by completely different peoples and political groups to try and spread their own agendas. Yep, we’re talking about Nazis in this one. Also Elon Musk. Sorry in advance. Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Nov 16, 2021

FINALLY! We know we'll be coming back to these big Egyptian beauties in future episodes to discuss and debunk even more theories, but for now, we begin at the beginning. How were they built? For ages, archaeologists have been trying to figure out exactly how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built. I mean, they're made of pretty big rocks. How do you move them? Were aliens involved somehow??? Probably (not)! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Nov 09, 2021

To celebrate 10 episodes of this podcast, we’re taking a page from Ancient Aliens and kicking it into overdrive as we rapidly debunk a handful of theories about ancient airplanes, airports, and flying carpets! These are theories that are so small and so poorly researched that we can cover three of them in one episode. It really is that easy sometimes. Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

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