One of the claims that recurs in the ancient astronaut theory is the idea that artistic depictions of gods or humans wearing helmets are evidence that aliens wearing space suits descended to earth in prehistoric times. How this squares with claims that aliens also had sex with earth women, I can't hazard to guess--usually space suit prevent that sort of congress. At any rate, images like these are used to "prove" aliens with NASA-style spacesuits walked the ancient earth:
This is what bothers me about these sorts of claims. Even if we accept at face value that these are meant to be helmets (and many appear to be decorative headdresses), what makes them space helmets? Are ancient astronaut theorists unaware that there are other reasons to wear helmets, or that in the past people wore helmets for an actual purpose--protecting the head? It's also be worth noting that space suits follow the same principles as armor: covering the body to protect it. There is no reason to suspect ancient images of armor are therefore space suits.
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