Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture is reported to have discovered ancient cave paintings in Bastar that could depict aliens and unidentified flying objects (UFOs). According to archaeologists, the paintings, believed to be 10,000 years old, have depicted aliens like those shown in movies. They believe that these suggest humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still evoke curiosity. While references to aliens and UFOs exist since antiquity, there have been few scientific explanations of the subject. To fill the gap, the state archaeology department has sought help from NASA and ISRO experts.
Unexplained aerial observations have been reported throughout history. Some were undoubtedly astronomical. The Halley’s Comet, for instance, was first recorded by Chinese astronomers in 467 BC. Mostly these were treated as supernatural portents and religious omens. Some current-day researchers have noticed similarities between religious symbols in medieval paintings and UFO reports, though the canonical and symbolic character of such images is documented by art historians placing more conventional religious interpretations on such images.
The subject of UFOs and aliens has received little attention in mainstream scientific literature. Official studies ended in the US in December 1969, following a statement by government scientist Edward Condon that further study of UFOs could not be justified. The Condon Report and its conclusions were endorsed by the National Academy of Scientists, of which Condon was a member. But a scientific review by the UFO subcommittee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics disagreed with Condon’s conclusion, noting that at least 30 per cent of the cases studied remained unexplained. If ISRO and NASA agree to study the Chhattisgarh rock paintings, scientific benefit might be gained.