Ancient Nuclear Weapons (Indus Valley) Essays

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Ancient Atom Bombs
Fact, Fraud, and the Myth of Prehistoric Nuclear Warfare

Contents
I. The Myth of Ancient Atomic Warfare

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II. The First Ancient Atomic Bomb Theories

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III. The Tesla Death Ray

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IV. Big Theories, No Evidence

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V. What It All Means

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Works Cited

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ANCIENT ATOM BOMBS? ● 1

I. The Myth of Ancient Atomic Warfare

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N FEBRUARY 2008, GLOBAL DIGNITARIES gathered to inaugurate the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository for plant life designed to withstand nuclear war so survivors could restart civilization with healthy seeds. Magnus Bredeli-Tveiten, who oversaw construction of the vault, told the Associated Press that he expected it
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It is therefore important to examine this strange theory critically to see where it came from and why anyone would believe aliens used nuclear bombs on prehistoric humans.

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II. The First Ancient Atomic Bomb Theories

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BVIOUSLY, THE EARLIEST REFERENCES to the theory that ancient sites were destroyed by atomic or nuclear weapons do not predate the creation of those weapons in
1945. After the United States developed the first working atomic bombs,
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, used a line from ancient Indian epic the Bhagavad Gita to reflect on the enormous power of the Bomb: “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” He spoke these words not at the time of the detonation in July 1945, but twenty years later, on a television documentary, The Decision to Drop the Bomb. From this, an apocryphal story arose that Oppenheimer had told students in 1952 that the Manhattan Project produced the first atomic weapon “in modern times.” There is no evidence that
Oppenheimer ever said this, and his reference to the Bhagavad Gita was meant as a poetic reflection, not a serious scientific reflection on ancient weaponry. Among fringe

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