I was twelve years old when i read my first book from swiss enfant terrible Erich von Däniken, ‘Chariots of the Gods‘ or ‘Erinnerungen an die Zukunft‘ the German original title. For an uneducated child those fantastic theories about ancient cultures beeing inspired by alien visitors and long forgotten high technology in Egypt and Mesopotamia were truly fascinating. Modern findings, like the discoveries of Cargo Cults in Polynesia have made it very plausible that ancient cults might have similar origins. In Polynesia natives have tried to build straw-repliquas of the US-warplanes that briefly disturbed their stone-age life during the 2nd World War to appease the gods and bring back the big ‘cargo spouting’ metal birds.
Chris White has devoted an enormous research-effort into finding out, if the claims of Däniken and his modern day emulators hold up to scrutiny (Spoiler: No). He has put together a website on which he has compiled a thourough compendium of sources and background info.
Here James Corbett interviews Chris in his show:
Here you find an amazing documentary about Jean-Pierre Houdin and his theory of the internal ramp for the construction of the Great Pyramid: