Kind of . . . sort of . . . well, not really . . . maybe. Actually, it depends on what one wants to read into what’s said and isn’t.
I can hardly wait for the ancient astronaut crowd to think this means something. They are truly desperate for validation.
But let’s be honest. Let’s suppose that the people quoted in the Times are the smartest people on the planet. What does that mean for the Times‘ article? Nothing. Why? Because it is entirely opinion-based. In other words, the claims lack actual scientific data. There are no data that prove the people doing the opining aren’t doing more than reading our technological culture back into antiquity.
If you’ve followed ancient astronaut “research” for any amount of time you’ll note that isn’t unusual. It’s the norm.
(Hat tip to Jason Colavito).