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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7 days ago

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! 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! 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. 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 02, 2021

We say bad words right up front in this one because we're finally tackling That F*cking Bird™. The Saqqara Bird is a small wooden bird-shaped artifact that ancient astronaut theorists claim is a scale replica of definitely very real ancient Egyptian planes. Look, it's definitely not a plane, but what exactly is it? And more importantly, what does this bird teach us about the insidious ways that Ancient Aliens spreads its laughable lies? 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! 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 Oct 26, 2021

MAPS! You’ve heard of them! But one map from history stands out as a bit odd. The Piri Reis map from 1513 seems to contain more cartographical information about our world than was thought to be known at the time, having drawn out Antarctica centuries before it was officially discovered. Could they have gotten detailed information about our world from aliens who would have had an easier time traversing the planet in their spacecraft? How is Nicolas Cage involved? Why does this episode have a weird energy? Navigate yourself to the play button and find out! Here’s where you can find a good image of the map. 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! 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 Oct 19, 2021

We're tackling another famous relic from our own podcast logo and the only topic with its own emoji, the Moai! Did the Rapa Nui people "walk" these enormous statues to their places around the island with advanced anti-gravity technology given to them by ancient aliens? Hey— probably not! But there are some genuine mysteries surrounding how and why these works of art were made, and more ominously... why did they abruptly stop making them? Was an Italian plumber involved? We'll never know for sure! 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! 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 Oct 12, 2021

Today we welcome on special guest Dr. Andrew Mark Henry from the popular YouTube channel Religion For Breakfast to talk about Ezekiel. Did this biblical prophet see visions of angels, or did he really see alien visitors in a flying saucer? More importantly, we discuss the central theme of this podcast in depth: do ancient astronaut theories take away creative credit from these fascinating people and cultures? Yes, obviously. But listen anyway because we say more words about it. Check out Religion For Breakfast: https://www.youtube.com/religionforbreakfast 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! 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  

Sunday Oct 03, 2021

The Mayan King Pakal is dead. That's not the weird part. The weird part is the lid of his sarcophagus which has been carved with mysterious artwork that appears as if he's blasting off into space on an ancient Mayan spaceship. But is Pakal really a Palenque astronaut? Did he get this oddly advanced technology from alien visitors? Or, is there a more grounded explanation for this otherworldly imagery? 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! 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  

Sunday Oct 03, 2021

If the Nazca Lines were ancient airports (and they weren't or else we'd have found evidence of ancient Cinnabons) then what were the aircraft that might have flown out of them? To Ancient Aliens theorists, the answer is Vimanas — mythological flying chariots described in ancient Hindu texts. At least, that is the conclusion you'd probably come to if you just made a whole bunch of stuff up. Which is, of course, what happened. 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! 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

Sunday Oct 03, 2021

We're FINALLY actually talking about the show Ancient Aliens today to discuss the Nazca Lines — massive geoglyphs located in the Peruvian coastal plain. Some are just lines, while some are in the intricate shapes of animals. But, you can only see these figures from the sky... kinda. Were they symbols meant for extraterrestrial visitors? Were they runways for ancient aircraft? How could these have even been built in the first place? It's impossible to know! Except, uh, actually it's not. The actual history behind the Nazca Lines is even more interesting than assuming they were made by aliens. 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! 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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