Human-like depictions in Indian cave art? Nope, aliens.

I need a shortcut name for these ridiculous evidence-devoid stories that make you scratch your head as to WHY it would be printed in any media outlet except as a joke.

In this story, the depictions must be aliens because… because… it makes for a snappy headline. Who needs evidence?

10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region.

According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings have depicted aliens like those shown in Hollywood and Bollywood flicks. Located about 130km from Raipur, the caves come under village Chandeli and Gotitola.

“The paintings are done in natural colours that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear features. Specially, the nose and mouth are missing. In few pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits. We can’t refute possibility of imagination by prehistoric men but humans usually fancy such things,” the archaeologist said.

Is it real or a hoax? The paintings may be legit but what exactly they depict is up for interpretation, as with other cave paintings. There are no details in the paintings to make a case for aliens when they could just as easily be humans without facial features. They kind of look like ancient stick figures. What weapons? There is no reason why alien life would look like humans either.

India alien paintings

Same goes for the so-called UFO. JR Bhagat says the aliens and the UFOs look just like what you see in modern movies. There is so much absurdity about that. Do we judge reality by pop culture depictions? That’s backwards. The poor aliens in this case don’t seem to have made any innovation in their designs for millenia. Or is there a more human misinterpretation here?

I can find no reference to JR Bhagat or this work in reputable sources (or at ALL, actually). This story could very well be made up whole cloth. This is really dumb and irresponsible story for a media outlet to be printing with no reliable source and some really kooky interpretations that are totally without merit.

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  28 comments for “Human-like depictions in Indian cave art? Nope, aliens.

  1. nigel thompson
    July 17, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    For years now I have called this kind of story a ‘danniken’. After the notorious eric von…

  2. Bill D'Arcy
    July 17, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    J R Bhagat seems to be a real person…. He’s on the website of Government of Chhattisgarh, Department of Culture, Department of Culture & Archaeology: (The web page is largely in one of the Indian languages, and unintelligible to me.)

    http://www.cgculture.in/CONTACTUS/ContactUs.html

    He is one of 14 people listed, with contact email as follows: jrbhagat113@gmail.com. He also has a unique number (telephone?) 9424285511.
    I didn’t find anything else in a half-hour search.

  3. busterggi
    July 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    The figures are standing on two legs – no human being would stand that way.

  4. Ian
    July 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I agree it is a stretch to say they are E.T.’s but the images are unusual. One usually expects to see ancient human and animal pictures in some context i.e. Running, hunting etc. or at the very least with some sort of symbolic decorations or adornments. These figures are just standing in a group and… Watching? Also the proportions are unusual. In this case the head is to big for the body and very round, ancient art usually exaggerates the shoulders or hips or other muscle groups but not the head size. It is an odd painting to be sure, but without context or more info that is all it is: odd.

    • K Friesen
      July 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      I am sure ancient humans also stood around in groups. As for aliens, why would it not be any more strange to see them doing nothing, and if they were here observing us, would they stand around in a large group. As far as being an unusual depiction, I have to ask, compared to what? To all the millions of other depictions from this time period (which we actually only have a small number of). Also, many art forms, ancient and modern, are not strictly realist type styles, but use abstractions, symbolic representations, and stylized depictions that conform to style of art to which they have previously been depicted. We find humans representations with all sorts of odd proportions and strange features in the art of the majority of cultures predating the development of realist styles.

      • ian
        July 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        These are unique (as far as I can tell) depictions of humans in that they seem to be doing absolutely nothing but standing motionless. This would seem to be a depiction of a scene of some sort of observation but there is nothing to indicate what they are observing leading to the possible conclusion that they are observing the observer of the art work. That or they are dead and laying down but that seems unlikely given the orientation of the work. It is rare to see humans proportioned as these images are, big heads small bodies and no indication of headdress or something else suggesting ceremonial dress. It is an unusual painting when compared to other art work of the same period +/- 1000 years.

        • Bill T.
          July 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

          I fail to see your point.

          Pretty much any analogous art could be called “unique”, there is nothing if not variety of styles.

          There also is nothing compelling in the apparent inactivity of the subjects, again, not hard to find examples in other “primitive” art (two examples: Indigenous Australian paintings, South Western U. S. rock pictographs).

  5. Tribeca Mike
    July 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    The least the aliens could’ve done was teach the puny earthlings how to paint well. Oh well, I suppose the ET’s were too busy building and flying spaceships to take a simple drawing course.

  6. ian
    July 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Actually you don’t find groups of people doing nothing with no adornments or other symbols. When you do find groups depicted in ancient art their is something happening, or some sort of gesture (gesticulation) being depicted by at least one of the characters. Perhaps part of the painting is missing. My only point is this: it is a unusual piece of ancient art. If you were to make a case for a hoax this would support that. Is it aliens? That would depend on your personal opinion on such matters. But it seems clear to me the intent is for the observer to feel observed.

    • Bill T.
      July 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Or not. Please see referances I alluded to, above.

      • Ian
        July 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Look at your listed examples and find the parallel. It’s not there. Or provide a link if you are so inclined. I am happy to learn something new.

        • Bill T.
          July 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

          You were hand-waving, saying in effect that all examples were in dynamic poses. I cited specific cultural counter-examples.

          Even more specific:
          http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Aboriginal_rock_art_on_the_Barnett_River%2C_Mount_Elizabeth_Station.jpg
          http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32966-d144619-Reviews-Little_Petroglyph_Canyon-Ridgecrest_California.html

          With these two additional explicit counter-examples that took me all of five minutes to find, that makes three with the examples countering your claim. It takes only one counter-example to disprove a blanket statement.

          • Bill T.
            July 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

            Edit: “… that makes three with the example in the article that counter your claim.”

          • Ian
            July 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

            Your examples demonstrate the point I am making. First you show heads with no bodies and the heads highly adorn with some sort of symbolic design element. All the other pics are either solitary figures or are decorated. It’s all a moot point anyway .ancient cave art doesn’t come with explanations or footnotes.

            • Bill T.
              July 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

              Hair is “highly adorned”? How does no bodies support highly adorned and/or in action poses? You have failed to support your claim for “unusual piece of ancient art”.

        • Bill T.
          July 17, 2014 at 6:36 PM

          Which, by the way, is not all that critical, given that the point is that you’re arguing that they are “unusual”, I addressed that statement, above, also. It’s even easier to find “unusual” aspects looking at different cultures’ art. Or maybe you’ll argue that the apparent depiction of internal organs by the Australian indiginous folks doesn’t count as “unusual”?

  7. CLamb
    July 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Of course they are aliens–unless the artist was foretelling the advent of U.S. citizens.

  8. Anthony
    July 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    individuals standing around in cave art is not that unusual really. this space-suited alien pic is an example. That one’s not doing anything.

    http://coolinterestingstuff.com/ufo-and-ancient-astronaut-prehistoric-paintings-found-in-remote-cave

    The image above seems like nothing more than a picture of others standing around a visitor or viewer. Whether those others are aliens or humans might be a matter of conjecture but they are not necessarily alien. the large heads could easily be aging portraits of haloed individuals. Proportionality is not always important in analyzing art work. An artist is allowed to take liberties.

  9. MasterfulMoose
    July 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    “There is no reason why alien life would look like humans either.”

    Actually there are many reasons why lifeforms from other planets will look similar to lifeforms from this planet. Mainly the fact that DNA arises naturally from quantum mechanics and that DNA from space bacteria has already been found. Stop trying to deny the obvious. Alien life exists. Period. End of story. Since it is confirmed that DNA exists in space, doesn’t it seem likely that this planet has indeed been visited by alien life. Or does 2+2=5?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/07/us-meteorites-life-idUSTRE7252KQ20110307

    • July 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Err… isn’t that dependent on carbon-based life?

      There is STILL no evidence that alien life exists. Please stop confusing absolutes with probabilities. Also, look up the difference between molecules and organism. DNA is not life. It’s a molecule.

    • Lagaya1
      July 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Not arguing the point of alien life-forms. It seems unlikely that there would be no other life. However, to think it would look human is very naive. Of the millions of earth lifeforms, very few even look remotely like humans; and that’s when evolving from the same tree in the same environment. Aliens If any exist, will not look like humans.

  10. Lagaya1
    July 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    They look like female figures to me. You would not likely see them depicted as hunting or warring in most ancient drawings. Maybe some ancient cave-dweller’s bedpost notchings…

  11. Bill D'Arcy
    July 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Black hair is very common, and given the availability of charcoal to depict black hair, does the red colour around each head indicate a headdress of some sort? (Or, for the UFO fans, a space helmet?) Maybe such a headdress exaggerates the size of the heads.
    Incidentally the man in the photo doesn’t look like J S Bhagat’s mug shot on the government website.

  12. July 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Further confirmation of my “4th Law of Prediction” (with apologies to Arthur C. Clarke):

    Any sufficiently old device is indistinguishable from an alien intervention.

    Read the brief analysis here: http://jveeds.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/4th-law-of-prediction-with-apologies-to-arthur-c-clarke/

  13. July 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Further confirmation of my “4th Law of Prediction” (with apologies to Arthur C. Clarke):

    Any sufficiently old device is indistinguishable from an alien intervention.

    Read the brief analysis here: http://jveeds.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/4th-law-of-prediction-with-apologies-to-arthur-c-clarke/

  14. RandyRandy
    July 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I think the word “BOGUS” is a perfectly suitable word for these sensational sciencey click-bait stories. Demanding citations, sources, and confirmed evidence helps too.
    Also I prefer the terms “scientists wary” or “scientists skeptical” to the usual inane “scientists baffled” hype. But I’m not a scientist. I just support them.

    • Lagaya1
      July 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      I wonder why we Americans have never adopted the British term “bollocks”. It’s such a perfect word.

  15. Ian
    July 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    The images in question on this site are standing in a group, close together, nearly full bodies (no feet as far as I can tell and loosely detailed hands). There is no space between the figures, no individual characteristics, they stand as if an audience to a street performer. The image you sent (as far as I can recall) are heads with faces and other adornments (because hair is something that is unique to individuals and one does not usual notice the ‘hairstyle of a crowd’), no bodies and separated from one another as if emphasizing individuality. Shall I go on? no thank you.

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