Ain Ghazal and the mystery of the funeral statues
About 2,500 years before Ur reached 65,000 residents, thus becoming the largest city in the world of the Copper Age, the city of Ain Ghazal flourished in Jordan, inhabited between 7,250 and 5,000 BC, which in the early centuries of life reached a population of 3,000 inhabitants.
If we have little more than the foundations of the houses of Ain Ghazal, built-in mud bricks, we have found many tombs, some of which reserved only for the skull of the deceased, in some cases with a set of white plaster statuettes (a total of 32 have been found, of which 15 full-length, 15 busts, 3 of which are double-headed, and 2 heads fragmentary).
Small statues with an alien appearance
The small statues of Ain Ghazal have clothes, painted eyes, and hair, in some cases even tattoos or body paint. Anyone who has observed the faces of these statuettes cannot fail to have noticed the peculiarity of their features, which combined with the still mysterious burial rituals has led some ufologists to wonder if the statuettes could not represent ancient alien astronauts.
Their features are reminiscent of those of the alleged alien whose photo appeared on the cover of the Brazilian magazine Ufo in 1991. Is it possible that over 9 thousand years ago alien visitors came into contact with the population of Ain Ghazal or that the remains of ancient astronauts were even buried in the necropolis of the town?
The fake alien of New Mexico
If this were the case, it would be interesting to understand how it is possible that in 1947 in New Mexico, as Ufo magazine stated, a UFO was mentioned with onboard a pilot of the same appearance as the plaster statuettes of Ain Ghazal of 9 thousand years before.
In reality, the photos of the alleged alien represented a clay model created by the Canadian artist Linda Corriveau for the Strange Strange World Pavillion (of which she was the boss) as part of the exhibition “Man and his world” in Montreal, from 1978 to 1981, as Corriveau herself explained in a post on her blog slimeworld.org.
The Ufo magazine article was, therefore, a hoax, but how could Linda Corriveau create an alien model so similar to statuettes that were found in 1986 and exhibited to the public for the first time only in 1997, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, as part of the exhibition “Archaeology on the banks of the Jordan”? To understand this you must go to examine the same small statues.
Ain Ghazal and its mysterious funeral rites
In Ain Ghazal as in other places in the ancient Middle East, it was common practice to bury the dead after some time to resurrect their bones and skulls, which were decorated for ritual purposes, obtaining from the same total or partial casts then subject to veneration in the context of religious practices focused on the worship of ancestors.
Even more than the statuettes of Ain Ghazal, the alien clay model created by Linda Corriveau had many similarities with the fragmentary masks found in Jericho.
In both cases, the masks were modeled on skulls to which the lower jaw had been removed, which ended up giving them the “alien” aspect that we notice today. It would, therefore, be a mere coincidence, which has lent itself to becoming the optimal basis for yet another hoax.
Yet too many coincidences make a clue and if someone wanted to take advantage of the photos of Linda Corriveau's model, the clue is no less intriguing for this. What if we unwittingly rediscovered the evidence of an ancient alien contact and didn't even realize it, 9,000 years later?