It‘s Probably (not) Aliens!

By Tristan Johnson & Scott Niswander

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 Nov 23, 2021

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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!

Episode Date
12. Pumapunku: Erasing Indigenous Cultures For Political Gain
45:27

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.

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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

Nov 23, 2021
11. The Pyramids: How do move big stone?
39:43

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

Nov 16, 2021
10. Flying Carpets & Ancient Airports: A Grab Bag of Bad Theories!
38:01

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

Nov 09, 2021
09. The Saqqara Bird: That F*cking Bird
39:41

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 02, 2021
08. The Piri Reis Map: Did Aliens Discover Antarctica?
47:46

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

Oct 26, 2021
07. Moai Statues: Did Easter Island Invent Anti-Gravity?
45:25

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 19, 2021
06. The Book of Ezekiel: Are Angels Biblical Aliens?
55:48

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

 

Oct 12, 2021
05. King Pakal: An Actual Ancient Astronaut?
49:39

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

 

Oct 03, 2021
04. Vimanas: Ancient Flying Machines?
52:00

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

Oct 03, 2021
03. Nazca Lines: Giant Animal Drawings for Alien Overlords?
55:07

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

Oct 03, 2021
02. They’re here! (maybe)
01:05:26

If you want there to be aliens out there in the universe, this is the episode for you! Tristan tells Scott all the reasons why we might not be alone in the universe.

Were they here in the past? Did aliens continue to visit us in the present? Are ~we~ aliens? Lots to discuss on this one before we start directing each and every argument from Ancient Aliens on the next episodes. Let’s go!

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

Oct 03, 2021
01. Where are all the aliens?!
57:44

Before we can debunk a bunch of Ancient Aliens theories, we first need to ask the big question... are aliens even out there? In part one of this question, Tristan discusses the Fermi Paradox and gives Scott all the theories about the human species might tragically be alone in the universe.

But don't get too sad! Next week we'll be talking about all the evidence that suggests the opposite of this idea! Maybe aliens are out there, but we haven't encountered them yet. Or perhaps they WERE here and impacted ancient civilizations. 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!

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

Oct 02, 2021
It‘s Probably (not) Aliens Trailer!
01:30

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, actual smart person Tristan Johnson and regular non-smart 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.

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

Oct 01, 2021