Ever since the discovery of the Martian ruins, imagination had run wild and people had begun to wonder if the Martians had ever been to Earth in prehistoric times. Some people, like Erich von Däniken or Graham Hancock, jumped to the conclusion that the Martians, or perhaps other aliens, had visited Earth and helped our ancestors to build the Pyramids or Stonehenge and perhaps the Nasca Lines.
Now, as everyone had learned that aliens existed once, the theories on these ancient astronauts, a term coined by von Däniken, found a wide audience. There was a lack of actual evidence however as most archeologists were unwilling to follow those ideas and found more conventional explanations to any of the possible alien connections, like the Iron Pillar of Delhi. Deliberately leaving out part of the facts by followers of the ‘ancient astronauts’ did not help either.
In March 1994 however, the ancient astronauts would no longer be fiction, but become reality. An archeological dig of the Mexico City University in the Mexican La Venta, a preclassic mesoamerican Olmec settlement, opened up the previously undisturbed ‘Great Pyramid’. During the exploration of the insides, they encountered a large door, hidden behind a fake wall. It was constructed from a very high grade high carbon chrome-vanadium steel, a metal definitely not known to the Olmecs.
At first, the door was thought to be an elaborate prank or perhaps even false evidence deliberately placed by the ‘paleo-contact community’, but the Pyramid did not show any signs of recent excavation or any sign that the door had recently been constructed.
The dig stopped for about a month to investigate whether or not it was a prank, before the Mexico City University conceded to some political pressure and their own curiosity. The door was opened by carefully removing the surrounding rock.
Behind the door, the archeologists discovered a nearly empty room that was constructed with something that appeared to be solid concrete instead of the more common sandstone of the area. The concrete was covered by an epoxy resin to make it air and water tight. The epoxy also preserved large sections of writing in an unknown language, that might have been the ancestor of the Epi-Olmec script, as well as a number of stylized images of astronomical objects that could not be identified. Several large open basins filled with natron and conventional salt pulled any humidity out of the air, making it extremely dry and stale and preserving anything inside.
A large number of funerary gifts were found inside, including a number of organic objects that allowed a C14 dating of the chamber. The central object however was a large metal casket, but unlike the steel of the door this was relatively simple bronze. It was still remarkable for the fact that the Olmecs, like many other mesoamerican cultures, did not know any metal working at the time.
The chamber and its contents were dated to have been constructed about 1000 BC. The casket was carefully removed from the pyramid and moved to the Mexico City University, where it was opened in early June under the presence of several TV crews in a separate room.
Inside the archeologists discovered mummified and distinctly non-human remains. The remains were that of a nearly ten meter long snake like being with four limbs and an impressive plumage of multicolored feathers. The large cranium on the remains, as well as several belts slung around the body, made it obvious that this creature was not of Earth and was quite likely the base of the mesoamerican god Quetzalcoatl, the feathered snake.
The discovery also placed Mexico into the direct sight of the United States and many other nations looking for alien artifacts. Mexico City University was able to secure a large alien artifact in late 1994. One of the images on the walls of the La Venta pyramid turned out to be the ancient coastline of the Coatzacoalcos area. They were able to ensure the help and security of the Mexican Navy for an expedition into the general area of a spot indicated by the crude map on the wall.
A new generation of sonar was used to search the ocean ground, eventually discovering an unusual formation. Divers were later able to free an unusual shape underneath a meter thick layer of sediment, thirty meters beneath the waves. The object was recovered by the Mexican Navy in December. Originally it had been a secret operation, but a number of TV stations were informed about the recovery.
The object in question was the twenty meter long remains of an unknown craft that showed extensive damage and a missing canopy, leading to the theory that the Quetzalcoatl had arrived in this craft and ejected before his craft could impact into the ocean, saving him.
While the craft was placed into a Mexican Air Force base to secure it, a good many of Mexican scientists were allowed to work on it and on some of the equipment discovered in a number of largely protected compartments.
During the initial examination of the Quetzalcoatl, a chemical analysis of the body was made. No less than six different nucleic acids were identified, another confirmation of the creatures alien origin. Additionally the body contained large amounts of arsenic and quicksilver, but rather than being a poison to it, it appeared as if the body needed these heavy elements to work.
Erich von Däniken and the entire ‘paleo-contact community’ felt vindicated with this discovery, leading to numerous expeditions that tried to find more remains of aliens on Earth and so the Mexican discovery would not be the only discovery of alien life on Earth in prehistoric times during the late 1990s.
A second discovery was done in September 1995 in Germany, which showed the sense of irony in history. During the excavations for the foundation of a new hotel in Bad Honnef, not far away from the Drachenfels, a previously unknown cave was uncovered. Inside were the remains of a spacecraft similar to the one recovered in Mexico a year earlier, as well as some signs of human habitation.
The biggest surprise however was, that the cave contained the oldest preserved crime scene known to man. A creature similar to the Quetzalcoatl in Mexico was discovered inside the craft, with two spears sticking out of its body and its head bashed in by a large blunt object.
The forensic specialists of the Bundeskriminalamt assisted the archeologists on the site and it was possible to reconstruct a possible scene that might as well have been based on Wagner’s ‘Nibelungenlied’.
The Quetzalcoatl, named Fafnir by the archeologists, had landed near the Drachenfels about the same time the Quetzalcoatl had in Mexico for an unknown reason. He had managed to get into peaceful contact with the Urnfield culture in the late Bronze Age.
The signs of human habitation inside the cave suggested that ‘Fafnir’ might have had tried to teach them something, but was ultimately killed by one of the humans. The cave itself had been closed off by what appeared to have been a large explosion, which also destroyed part of the aerospace craft.
After the site was secured by the archeologists, the wreckage and Fafnir were recovered and moved to a secure site, where the BKA and the Bundesnachrichtendienst provided security for German and other European scientists studying the wreckage.
1996 saw two more discoveries of ancient astronauts. One happened in China. Ancient Chinese writings that survived the Qin dynasty, pointed out the existence of a tomb of the ‘Imperial Dragon’, an advisor of King Kang of the Zhou Dynasty. It was discovered near Luoyang in the Henan Province and excavated by the Chinese government. The tomb contained the mummified remains of another Quetzalcoatl and a large amount of written material that might have been produced by him.
While some of the material was released to chinese and international scholars for public relations, the biggest portion disappeared from the public view, as did the remains of the aerospace craft that had brought him down to Earth.
The second discovery of 1996 happened in Australia. During a dig at Koongine Cave, David Frankel discovered the largely mummified, but also apparently fossilized remains of a creature that at first glance looked like a large wombat. This creature possessed a couple of tentacles on its head and the lower body, indicating that it was not a wombat.
The body was recovered and moved to Sydney, where it was studied further. The examinations showed that the creature was not partially fossilized, but apparently naturally possessed bones and plates of andalusite, an aluminium nesosilicate mineral with the chemical formula Al2SiO5. Several partially dissolved stones and eucalyptus leaves within the creatures three stomachs indicated that it might have been at least partially lithospheric in nature. Further analysis showed that the creature’s genetic material was a strange mixture of carbon and silicone producing four viable nucleic acids that made up its DNA.
Later on the find was linked to the stories of Aborigine tribes of the area, in which a sky-wombat, called Turukal, who wanted to prepare them for the great evil in the sky.
A C14 analysis of the eucalyptus leaves allowed to date the Turukal into the same time as the three Quetzalcoatl.
Until 1999 several more Quetzalcoatl and Turukal were discovered in Korea, Egypt, Tibet, South America and Ireland. All of these finds were done either by followers of the ‘paleo-contact community’ or trained archaeologists following local stories and legends about dragons or other mythical creatures. It was seen as possible that there were one or two discoveries in the Warsaw Pact nations, but there was no information about that in the rest of the world. Some of these stories told about heros slaying these creatures, other showed them as being of great wisdom who wanted to teach the people.
Yet the stories about a ‘Great Evil in the Sky’ made everyone wonder about the connections between the Turukal, the Quetzalcoatl and the Martian Ziggies. Had they been at war with each other? Had they been allied? Had they wanted to prepare humanity for a war with other aliens?
An interesting side effect of the discovery of no less than twelve ancient astronauts spread out over the world and the known recovery of five largely wrecked aerospace craft, was an increase in alien abductions and a shift in the resulting stories. Where previously gray skinned humanoids with big eyes who had anally probed people populated these stories, now it were snakelike or reptoid beings, or fuzzy little furballs that abducted people to prepare them for something.