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The Ancient Alien Question: A New Inquiry Into the Existence, Evidence, and Influence of Ancient Visitors

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Have we been visited by extraterrestrial beings? Did these ancient aliens contribute to the birth of human civilization? Do our ancient monuments contain evidence of their presence?
The Ancient Alien Question reveals an array of astonishing truths, including: -+ A radically different understanding of the pyramids and how they were constructed-+ The origins of crystal skulls
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by New Page Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nick Borrelli
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Do yourself a favor, if you like this sort of thing just go buy any Graham Hancock book. They are way better researched and much more entertaining. This was just a total chore to get through. Definitely not what I was expecting.
Melissa St. Hilaire
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished The Ancient Alien Question last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Filip covers a vast amount of territory deftly. His insights are invaluable. I love that he is at once a skeptic and believer. This aids in the journey towards truth because one needs to be just enough skeptic to question, doubt, and test a theory, but one needs also to be open-minded enough to embrace a far out truth and The Ancient Alien Question, to most, is pretty far out. To me, it's just highly logical.

Ann Keller
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference, science
Excellent book. Even if you discount 60 - 70% of this, there remains that tantalizing 30 - 40% which continues to nag your consciousness. I learned a lot about how many world cultures seem to have very similar stories about how great "gods" descended from the heavens to mate with the daughters of man.

Why do the pyramids of Giza and the pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan both form the layout of Orion's Belt? Why did both cultures conform to the same template? Even more incredible is the 90 foot s
Andy Sim
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unlike some proponents of the Ancient Aliens hypothesis, Philip Coppens does not badger the reader into accepting his pitch without substantial justification.

Instead, he analyzes the evidence with careful analysis, objectivity, and most importantly, logic, before he concludes if contact was previously established between humans and extraterrestrials here on Earth or among the metaphysical realms. In some cases, he isn’t shy to admit that some of the historical accounts do not carry much weight
Michelle Tempted By Books
I have torn how to rate this book and decided it really is a 2.5, not quite 3 stars but more than 2. Here is my reasoning. I have read several of Erich von Daniken's books previously so a lot of this was not new insight to me. Though some of it was pretty much explained away in this book. Some evidence was new to me and it is more up to date than Daniken's early works so the fresh eye was nice. So it gets lower review for having a lot of old evidence and a higher rating for the newer. AT the sam ...more
Barry Huddleston
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Coppens builds a case, for the use of advanced technology in the construction of ancient buildings, that is as solid as the pyramids that he writes about. I’ve enjoyed Coppens for some time and I was happy to receive this beautiful book.

At first glance, the art is outstanding. The cover art is fabulous. The graphics and photographs in the book are incredible. I really loved the color pictures in the middle of the book. Having said that, there is a lot more to this book than just eye-candy.

What I like about ancient alien theory is how much fun it is to correct everything. Philip Coppens is one of the saner theorists, which was a good thing. I didn't get as irritated as I usually get while watching Ancient Aliens.

I also like that if I ignore the theories, I can potentially learn a lot of neat stuff about the planet I live on and the mystery that does surround some of these places. It's like a very random history/archaeology lesson all packed into one.
Eric Wojciechowski
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting thing about this book is that, for myself, after a fifteen year hiatus in the Ancient Astronaut Theory, there is not much new information here than back then. In other words, if you were in the thick of it in the 1990s, there's not much here for you. However, with that said, there is enough new in it to recommend it if you're interested in this sort of thing.

The author, Philip Coppens, is more fair and honest on the “evidence" than so many other authors trying to sell books. He isn't
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where this book excels where others lack, is in the impartiality of the facts presented. Each argument for and against is laid out to the reader. While Phillip Coppens concludes with giving us his opinion, he nevertheless leaves it to his readers to make their own conclusions. Meticulously researched and extremely well written. The field would greatly benefit from more researchers like Mr. Coppens.s
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It is horrible that he was taken from us so soon but his work will continue. This book was better than any of the other "Ancient Alien" type books that I have read because it was much more balanced and truly pointed out the bogus from the possible. Excellent read for anyone interested in this topic.
Emma-Rose Beauchamp
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was not as entertaining as the TV show is, and without the guy with the crazy hair it wasn't the same. It also did not appear to come to the same conclusions but I read it for the sake of entertainment. It does more to suggest that the ancients may have been more knowledgeable and had more ingenuity than we originally thought.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best book I have read on this topic, the author is very serious and sincere about the material he presents - showing the different opinions that exist about the wide range of evidence presented by the Ancient Alien proponents.

It is a great loss to the Ancient Alien investigation that he passed away this young.
Gerard J.  Medvec
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Logic-driven look at the most important phenomenon of all time.
Cora Pop
There are too many things on this planet, starting with life itself, that cannot be explained entirely in a satisfactory way, and although it is Science to which I tend to turn first, I am aware of its limitations. I also do want to believe. As a child and later, I discovered and devoured the works of Erich von Däniken and Zecharia Sitchin among others.

Later, I began doubting many of their claims; I wanted to believe, but not unreasonably.
Philip Coppens took all the aspects of the Ancient Astro
Suresh Ramaswamy
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first glance, it appears to be a rehash of many tomes written on ETs visiting Earth and constructing / guiding our ancestors in building the awesome buildings of Egyptian / Mexican pyramids, the Temple of Baalbek, Carnac Megaliths, mysteries like Nazca Lines, Puma Punku Stones, Crystal Skulls, et al. The view is further strengthened by nthe “Foreword” being written by Erich von Daniken – but as one reads through the book, the view changes.

Philip Coppens adduces evidence of alien help in vari
Jim N
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Coppens builds his case well, presenting interesting, intriguing evidence to support the idea that humanity has been in contact with extraterrestrial intelligences in the past while also pointing out problems with some of the evidence presented in support of this premise in the past. It seems clear from this book that while Coppens is frequently seen on the popular Ancient Aliens TV series, he is more level-headed than some of the other researchers on the show. For example, he takes the rather " ...more
Jan Yates (Hunter)
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me preface my comments with this: I like to be skeptical of everything equally - but sometimes especially science. Don't get me wrong, I love science - but I don't think scientists get it that even though we know some things, we still only know a tiny fraction of what there is to know. I wish I would hear more scientists saying things like, 'Based on what we understand right now, this is what appears to be true." As in, I'm humble and forward thinking enough to realize what we know now is no ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun read on all of the intriguing and baffling structures and artifacts that defy explanation. It's a good survey of how this approach to these mysteries got started. To my surprise they started much earlier than Von Danikan's "Chariots of the Gods" though he ended up injecting the theory into public consciousness back in the late 60s.

The book is as much as survey of archeology as it is on the possibility of aliens. For that along it's worth a read and acts as a refresher course for the works
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quite a nice addition to the Ancient Alien genera. I like most how the author didn't say that the evidence he posted was proof that aliens existed and visited our planet, he left it as an open question, merely stating that this is why he believed.

I was also happy to see that he not only brought up stuff that hasn't been refuted or another option stated, but stuff that had been disproved. Many of the authors, and guest on History Channels Ancient Aliens will often state emphatically that this obs
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Philip Coppens delved into the quest for the origin of our species. Mark Childer's Technology of the Gods was a good counterpart for this book. Work, from around the world, especially Erick von Daniken's and Zecharia Sitchin's set contemporary contexts for the reader's interpretation of ancient puzzles. The Ancient Alien Question discussed evident gaps in mainstream history and their alien or supernatural alternatives. Explanations included references to ancient tools, literature, landmarks, and ...more
Drew Martin
Anyone who is a fan of Ancient Aliens is familiar with Philip Coppens. The Belgium born author appeared on many episodes. Several were posthumous after his premature death. He died from a rare form of cancer on December 30, 2012. He wrote several books and contributed articles and essays for various publications. A year before his death he published his greatest contribution to alternative history. Or the ancient alien theory. Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods? might be the most famous bo ...more
Eric Barker
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
By far the best book anyone can read on the subject. Coppens is the only researcher so far that I know of who uses complete citations and bibliography to show his sources. He is also not afraid to show evidence that disproves his or his peers in the ancient alien field. The book covers a lot of the different theories regarding ancient aliens and/or previous human technology, and the information is presented in an unbiased way to show the reader what educated professionals have found and let the ...more
Terri Light
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think the reason I enjoyed this book so much was Coppens' "Occam's razor" approach to a wide range of theories and speculations. Given a pragmatic view of religious texts, scientific studies, cultural parables, manmade wonders of the world, and both recent and historical charismatic proponents and opponents of the alien question, it seems at least a tiny bit silly to suppose that we are, and always have been, loners in the universe. I can't say that I come down on either side of the fence with ...more
David Elkin
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A shame he passed so young.

Philip was neither a UFO fanatic nor a skeptical debunker of all incidents. I did enjoy his ability to refute some of the more outlandish claims of some believers (I am thinking of the 12th planet gang)and yet he does believe that some of the ancients were telling truths of what they saw. His knowledge is impressive for a fairly short book. He finally makes a strong claim for the metaphysical more than the physical.

I am most reminded of a book by Colin Wilson called Th
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
An analytical survey of all the popular Ancient Alien theories since "Chariot of the Gods" was first published. The author is at times very critical, and at other times very forgiving, so one is never quite sure of the author's position on the topic until the very end. The book does a very good job of including everyone, from the scientists to the absolute kooks. By the time you finish the book your head is swimming with so many ideas and theories on the subject that you realize that if there is ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: aliens
This book really had a lot going for it. I felt the author was doing a very good job of exploring some very interesting archaeological avenues to the question of ancient alien visitation. Then just towards the end we start to skid out of control. Here we encounter the Egyptian Nine and several other theories of mind altering substances that allow our minds to transport off and connect with E.T.'s. Okay, so at that point I began to lose some interest in the book. Other than this transgression I d ...more
Pat Rolston
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I listened to the book CD and it is very well narrated. The book is very well researched with a strong grounding in ancient myth, archeology, anthropology, and historical traditions. Blind acceptance of urban legend is not a problem as the author has taken a relatively rigorous approach. I have special appreciation for the well founded discussion regarding shamanic traditions and the associated psychoactive compounds. I highly recommend this as thought provoking with enough substance for a very ...more
Rob Kristoffersen
Ripped through this one. Coppens takes an interesting approach. He examines the evidence and draws the most logical conclusions that he can from them. He challenges the ideas of Sitchin and Von Daniken. Full of great information that doesn't appear on History's Ancient Aliens. Recommended for proponents of Ancient Astronaut Theory, or for the general person who believes that "we are not alone."
Ken Hammond
The Ancient Alien Question: A New Inquiry Into the Existence, Evidence, and Influence of Ancient Visitors (Audiobook)

Different not what I normally would be prepared to follow this kind of story, more of a whim really, but kind off interesting had some points worth pondering, history is a curious thing archaeologist can always turn up with more hidden Gems and create more questions than answers, anyway I did enjoy it, not what I'd do again in a hurry though.
igor matwijiw
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Written & Thorough

Very interesting with excellent research that gives more reasonable conclusions instead of just hype. Well written & sense of having a very intimate conversation with the author about this fascinating topic!
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