Here’s a noteworthy post from the UFO Iconoclasts blog. In a nutshell, it questions (coherently) the notion that there are a plethora (any?) UFO sightings in ancient writers, as so often reported.

My take on this is agreement. I have said many times that these so-called reports nearly always involve astronomical or meteorological phenomena that were well-recognized omens in ancient culture and religion that are simply given a post-1947 spin — that is, flying saucers are completely read into the accounts. I have also noted that ancient writers had sufficient vocabulary to describe a UFO had writers seen one. Ancient Semitic languages (across the board), Greek, and Latin, for example, all had words for “metal”; “metallic”; “silver”; “windows”; “round”; “circle”; etc. There would have been no difficulty at all in terms of language for an ancient person to describe what we think of as a flying saucer. But they don’t.

I would add (and this is on my research plate right now) that I think it extremely important (if my suspicion is correct) that all (?) the pre-20th century reports of fairies and little people that are supposed to speak of the alien greys reported today lack one important element: mention of flying craft. I’ll be working on that to see if it’s the case. That would be big points for the Vallee hypothesis, vs. the ET hypothesis.