It will be remembered that other images of UFOs and alien type
figures and astronauts also featured on the stones at Ica, whose origins are
lost in the depths of time. One of the earliest ‘UFO’ reports came from Ancient Egypt.
Writer Brinsley Le Poer Trench (right) quotes in his book ‘Sky People’
from a papyrus found amongst the papers of Professor Alberto Tulli, former
director of the Egyptian museum at the Vatican.
The papyrus was from the
original annals of Pharaoh Thutmose III (d.1436BCE), the grandfather of the
intrepid Thutmose IV who had investigated the pyramids. Unfortunately it was
badly damaged with many of the hieroglyphics being unreadable. Despite this
Prince Boris de Rachewiltz was still able to offer a translation: "In the year 22, of the third month of winter, sixth hour of
the day … the scribes of the House of Life found it was a circle of fire that
was coming in the sky … it had no head, the breath of its mouth had a foul
odour. Its body one rod long and one rod wide. It had no voice. Their hearts
became confused through it: then they laid themselves on their bellies … they
went to the Pharaoh … to report it.
"His majesty ordered … has been examined … as to all which is
written in the papyrus rolls of the House of Life. His majesty was meditating on
what had happened. Now after some days had passed, these things became more
numerous in the sky than ever. They shone more in the sky than the brightness of
the sun, and extended to the limits of the four supports of the heavens …
Powerful was the position of the fire circles. The army of the Pharaoh looked on
him in their midst. It was after supper. Thereupon, these fire circles ascended
higher in the sky towards the south…" (11) There is also a written account of a ‘contact’ between humans
and ‘space’ people that is said to have taken place during the reign of
Charlemagne (742-814 AD). According to one account (12), a spacecraft took a
group of humans into space and later returned them, only to find those left
behind were convinced that the humans were members of the ‘space race’ who were
viewed as sorcerers. The returning humans were seized, tortured and many put to
death. The contemporary account records, "one day, among other
instances, it chanced at Lyons that three men and a woman were seen descending
from these aerial ships. The entire city gathered about them, crying out that
they were magicians and were sent by Grimaldus, Duke of Beneventum,
Charlemagne’s enemy, to destroy the French harvests. "In vain, the four innocents sought to vindicate themselves by
saying they were their own countryfolk, and had been carried away a short time
by miraculous men who had shown them unheard of marvels, and had desired them to
give an account of what they had seen."
It appears that even Christopher Columbus witnessed
UFO sightings or anomalous
aerial phenomena. He was on the deck of the Santa Maria at about 10pm on
11th October 1492 when he saw a "light glimmering at a great
distance." He summonsed another member of the crew who also watched as the
light vanished and reappeared repeatedly.
The following century, on 4th April 1561, an
aerial battle apparently took place over the city of Nuremberg. A contemporary
account made reference to a "very frightful spectacle" in which luminous globes,
crosses and tubes appeared to fight one another for about one hour in broad
All then fell to the ground ‘as if on fire’. The citizens of
Nuremberg believed they had been given a divine warning to improve their sinful
Then just five years later, a similar event of
UFO sightings occurred in Basel,
Switzerland and is represented in this 16th century woodcut. On this
occasion, dark balls similar to those seen at Nuremberg filled the sky.
became red and fiery, ending by being consumed and vanishing" wrote one Samuel Coccius who reported the events of 7th August in the city’s gazette.
Such accounts are not limited to Europe. Records of strange lights over Japan go back at least to the
10th century whilst in May 1606 residents of the (former) capital of
Japan, Kyoto, saw a succession of fireballs in the sky. One of them hovered near
the Nijo castle in front of a host of witnesses spinning like a wheel (13). Of
course we can never know exactly what was seen, it may well have been a little
known phenomena called ‘ball lightening’.
previously unpublished photograph (left) shows this phenomena
in the north-east of England in 1997.
However it is difficult to conceive of any natural event that
could lead to an observer detailing an event "in which
luminous globes, crosses and tubes appeared to fight one
another for about one hour in broad daylight."