"Towards Lunar Archaeology"
Dr. Alexey V. Arkhipov
Institute of Radio Astronomy, Nat. Acad. Sci. of Ukraine
Our Moon is a potential indicator of a possible alien presence near the Earth at some time during the past 4 billion years. To ascertain the presence of alien artifacts, a survey for ruinlike formations on the Moon has been carried out as a precursor to lunar archaeology.
Computer algorithms for
semi-automatic, archaeological photo-reconnaissance
are discussed. About 80,000 Clementine lunar orbital
images have been processed, and a number of
quasirectangular patterns found. Morphological
analysis of these patterns leads to possible
reconstructions of their evolution in terms of
erosion. Two scenarios are considered: 1) the
collapse of subsurface quasi-rectangular systems of
caverns, and 2) the erosion of hills with
quasi-rectangular lattices of lineaments. We also
note the presence of embankment-like,
are times when a scientist must not be afraid to
make a fool of himself"
Today, the idea of exploring the Moon for non-human artifacts is not a popular one among selenologists. Unfortunately, the detection of ET artifacts on the Moon is outside the interest of most selenologists due to their orientation towards natural formations and processes. It is also not of interest to mainstream archaeologists, as archaeology tends to adhere to a pre-Copernican geocentric point-of-view.
In 1992, the Search for Alien Artifacts on the Moon (SAAM) — the first privately-organized archaeological reconnaissance of the Moon — was initiated. The justifications of lunar SETI, the wording of specific principles of lunar archaeology, and the search for promising areas on the Moon were the first stage of the project (1992-95). Preliminary results of lunar exploration6 show that the search for alien artifacts on the Moon is a promising SETI strategy, especially in the context of lunar colonization plans.
Fig. 1 The ancient Khorezmian fortress Koy-Krylgan-kala appeared as an impact crater on the air photo (left); its artificiality is obvious after the excavations in 1956 (right) .
The air view
of the Ancient Assyrian ruins of Assur resemble
the lunar lattice in Fig. 6.
Fig. 5 The
example of a wafer find (image LHD5472Q.287)
Simulation of probable HIRES view of ancient
settlement on the Moon (left). The erosion wipes
off the surface tracks of construction (center),
but the SAAM processing could reveal the
rectangular anomaly (right).
V. Arkhipov is a researcher at the Institute of
Radio Astronomy, National Academy of Sciences of
the Ukraine, and an Assistant professor at
National Kharkov University. He has a Ph.D. in
astrophysics and radio astronomy (Main
Astronomical Observatory at the National Academy
of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kyiv, 1998). The title
of his dissertation was "New approaches to the
problem of search for extra-terrestrial
intelligence." Dr. Arkhipov's research involves
the study of decametric radio emissions of Jupiter
and non-classical approaches to SETI (e.g.
archaeological reconnaissance of the Moon). He is
the author of Selenites (http://www.setileague.org/articles/selenite.htm)
and more than 100 technical and scientific
articles. Dr. Arkhipov is the SETI League's
Volunteer Coordinator for the Ukraine. He is a
member of the SETI Center (Moscow), the Society
for Planetary SETI Research (SPSR), and the SETI
section of the Council on Astronomy of the Russian
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