Micah Hanks explores ancient astronauts, seemingly anachronistic technology, and hybrid beings in this post from Mysterious Universe. Hanks comes to some surprisingly terrestrial conclusions, but keeps his mind open when it comes to the origins of anomalous technology.
I find it patronizing to the human intellects of only a few thousand years ago when we speculate that these things can only have been accomplished with the aid of alien help. Time and again, archaeologists are learning just how adept and advanced early civilizations were, but the Alien Astronaut theorists hold fast to the belief that we humans were barely capable of walking upright until some gray landed and showed them the light.
This intellectual snobbery is made doubly egregious when commited by the likes of Diffusionists who frequently demonstrate racism and bigotry when they denounce that great stone temples, mounds, and pyramids could have been built by backwards natives.
And don't get me wrong; I'm not accusing Mr. Hanks of this. On the contrary, I think his observations are sound. I especially like how he illustrates the absurdity surrounding the premise that half-man/half-beast illustrations from ancient times have to be based upon something real when our own creative minds today can easily fashion the most fantastatic Star Wars creature.
Read his post and give me your thoughts.