Conocida como El Hombre de Marte, esta pintura fue descubierta por el arqueólogo Guergui Chatski, en la región de las cuevas de Fergana en Uzbekistán, junto a gran cantidad de otras pinturas rupestres.

Correspondería al periodo Neolítico. El comienzo del Neolítico varía según las regiones: en Oriente próximo tiene lugar hacia el 7.000 A.C.; en el Mediterráneo oriental sobre el 4.000 AC. y en Europa occidental alrededor del 3.000 A.C.


A SIMPLE VISTA se puede distinguir:

  • Sobre las Montañas: Un extraño objeto, que se encuentra suspendido sobre una columna de humo.

  • En el Suelo: Un extraño ser, con un casco dotado de antenas, extendiendo su mano derecha, mientras que la otra permanece a la altura del vientre o cinturón.


Próximo de la población de Fergana, cerca de los montes Alai, en el Uzbekistán, existe esta pintura rupestre con 2 metros de altura y diez mil años de antigüedad. La Academia de las Ciencias de Moscú tiene expuesta una copia de esta imagen


Es significativa también la presencia en el cielo de tres cuerpos celestes, el Sol, la Luna y otro que no se puede identificar, todos ellos situados sobre las montañas.

En primer plano, a la izquierda de la imagen, otro extraño y curioso ser, que sujeta con una mano enguantada (en el que se pueden apreciar hasta las costuras) un disco, en el que se distinguen una serie de surcos sobre su superficie.






Ancient Astronauts in Fergana?

from Ufologie Website

The Ferghana horse is gamed among nomad breeds.
Lean in build, like the point of a lance;
Two ears sharp as bamboo spikes;
Four hoofs light as though born of the wind.
Heading away across the endless spaces,
Truely, you may entrust him with your life...
Tu Fu,

poëte Chinois, 8e siècle.


In an article of the of French ufology magazine "Lumières dans la Nuit" ("Lights in the Night") issue 335 of February 2000, Didier Leroux tried to find the source of this image, successfully.

He found out that image was painted by a contemporary Russian artist to illustrate the cover of a 1967 issue of the "Sputnik" Russian magazine, in which there was an article devoted to the topic of visits of ancient astronauts 12.000 years ago, which had been inspired among other stuff by the prehistoric paintings in the caves of Fergana in Uzbekistan in which certain characteristics were considered as possibly some ancient close encounter of the third kind.

These paintings seem to exist, but they are sometimes dated back to 2000 BC, sometimes 7000 BC, rather than 10.000 BC.

The cover illustration of the Sputnik magazine was cropped out and included in Erich Von Daniken's book "Chariots of the Gods," and thus instead of the true cave paintings of Fergana, the fictitious illustration spread as the real thing.

Sputnik magazine, published in Reader's Digest format, was published in several languages in the Sixties and was one of the rare publications where Russian scientists, as well as laymen and fantasy-prone authors were allowed to pass some texts to the West, amongst other things, texts related to the UFO phenomenon.

So the whole matter seems quite simple. But I also found the cover of another magazine (on the Internet), SHOWN far below, which still says that the drawing is the real thing, while clearly the signature of an artist appears in the bottom on the right.


On top on left, it is specified that the drawing illustrates an article by Dr. Vyacheslav Zaitsev, Russian philologist, whose name is related to the case of the Dropas.


By examining the image, it seems obvious that it rather or also relates to the Dropas: see the disc with the spiral carving held by the cosmonaut and the high mountains.


As a matter of fact Fergana is only at some hundreds miles of Baya-Kara-Ulan.



Below, the painting by a Russian artist supposed to be an authentic cave painting in the caves of Fergana.


The image is different and probably older than the drawing above and obviously inspired it, and is quite probably the one presented in the Sputnik magazine of 1967.

Fergana is a valley in Uzbekistan, famous because the road to the silk passed through it.

It seems that there are really prehistoric caves there, showing these "ancient astronauts" paintings which inspired the Sputnik Magazine article and illustration:



  • "Chariots of the Gods", Erich Von Daniken, Souvenir Press, 1973.

  • "Die große Erich von Däniken Enzyklopädie" book by Ulrich Dopatka, Econ Verlag GmbH, Düsseldorf, 1997.

  • "Spaceships in Himalaya" article by Vyacheslav Zaitsev, Sputnik magazine, 1967.

  • Article by Didier Leroux in "Lumières dans la Nuit" magazine, #335, February 2000.







The Chu Pu Tei Expeditions 1937-1938


recovered through WayBackMachine Website

From FLYING SAUCERS; Mysteries of the Space Age*

* Von Daniken has suggested that the image of the creature pictured above was taken from that cave drawing. UFORC has tracked down this rendering of an ancient astronaut to a work entitled SPUTNIK. From there, the trail gets cold. We saw it pictured in an issue of FLYING SAUCERS magazine published in April of 1967 and we are still unable to verify its mysterious origins.

See also Das Vegetarische Universum, 1962(?), which had allegedly published a paper by Professor Chu Pu Tei and four of his colleagues entitled "Groove Writing Relating to Spaceships." Their paper was allegedly banned by the Peking Academy of Pre-History, which later allowed publication of this collective work.

Zaitsev had published two other books entitled Cosmic Reminiscences in Written Relics of the Past and another work entitled The Evolution of the Universe and Intelligent Beings.



CHU PU TEI Expedition, CHINA 1937
During an expedition into a remote, isolated region of Tibet in 1937, an archeologist by the name of Chu Pu Tei made an amazing discovery.


700 discs were allegedly recovered from some caves that tunneled deep into the mountainside. Also found were numerous graves, which contained the remains of humanoid-like beings that were very short with disproportionately large heads. On the walls of one cave was found some cave drawings, replete with what appeared to be star maps and a sketch of what those beings might have looked like.

This find was extraordinary, according to a researcher by the name of Clark McClelland. While researching from his Pittsburgh library, McClelland had uncovered a work done by Vyacheslav Zaitsev, which was originally published in the Russian magazine SPUTNIK in 1963. In his work the 'Chinese Connection,' McClelland reveals that a race of extraterrestrial beings may have interbred with the aboriginal inhabitants of this mountainous area some 12,000 years ago.

The aboriginal inhabitants of that region are known as the Khams and the Dropas tribes. They are pygmy-like, with unusually large heads and are 'difficult ethnically to classify.' McClelland notes that they are different than the 'Chinese, Tibetans and Mongols.'

According to local legend, a band of living things, which were very ugly, landed their spacecraft here on earth. They frightened the local tribes people so badly, that the extraterrestrials were hunted down. Many of their kind were killed. These beings hid in caves to escape the slaughter. They were later found in the Payank Ara Ula Mountains. The local inhabitants tried to make amends by bringing gifts to the creatures. But when the extraterrestrial came out of their caves to accept the peace offerings, they were so extremely repugnant to the aboriginal inhabitants that the slaughter began anew.

Ancient Chinese legend talks about a race of 'little yellow creatures' that had come 'down from the stars.' They had 'big heads and small bodies.' This sounds very much like the extraterrestrials that many UFO eyewitnesses claim to see today.

The graves were arranged in neat, orderly rows. The average length of the corpses that were exhumed was reportedly around 5 feet in length. Their craniums were unusually large, certainly larger than one would expect from a human of that size. This is significant, given the morphology of the local, aboriginal tribes the Khams and Dropas.

The German Das Vegetarische Universe had published an article about the discs in 1962. According to the journal, a professor at the Peking Academy of Prehistoric Research had announced a startling discovery. Tsum Um Nui had deciphered the grooved symbols on some of the discs. According to Tsum, the discs document a story about the space beings. His discovery would seem to substantiate the folk account rendered by that aboriginal tribe's people, the Khams and the Dropas.

What is really fascinating is the composition of the discs, which Chu had recovered on his expedition into the mountains of Tibet. According to Leonard Stringfield, some of those discs were pirated away to Moscow for further study. Several scientists were given the task of studying the discs and then they were to elaborate on their composition. What they had discovered is amazing, in that the technology represented by the discs would equal or rival our own Compact Discs in use today.


Keep in mind that they were allegedly manufactured around 12,000 years ago!


    Primary composition: Discs were made of granite, a substance that would last thousands of years, if care was given to protect them from harmful influences (which they were). They contained a high content of cobalt and aluminum.


    McClelland notes that the discs had 'a highly resonant frequency,' which indicates that they 'may all be carrying an electric charge.' The properties of the material were such that 'since granite is largely composed of silicates and cobalt in metal with properties of magnetism and corrosion-free, these stone discs could practically last forever.'


    The discs were all of a uniform size. They measured 0.8 meters in diameter and 2.0 centimeters in thickness. The equivalent in US measure would be 31-1/2 inches in diameter and 7/8ths inches in thickness.


    Each of the 700 discs had double grooved indentations which had tiny symbols engraved on them. Compare to the material which was allegedly recovered from the Roswell crash in Corona, 1947.


    McClelland elaborates on the possible use of those discs with data from the 'Chinese Connection:'

    • "These embedded alloys of silicon, cobalt and aluminum which are found as part of the spiral grooves could very possibly form an electronic recording capability similar to that used in present-day magnetic recording machines. Perhaps these strange discs carry two messages, one written in symbols on the grooves and perhaps sounds or information recorded within the electrical charges. If true, it could be in the language of its original creators-the frail creatures with large heads in myth and legend."

       - McClelland

What was the ancient astronaut trying to tell us in that drawing popularized by Vyacheslav Zaitsev in SPUTNIK magazine?


We can only speculate.


But the similarities between the Chinese-like glyphs that were recovered from the UFO crash-site in 1947 and those described by the Moscow scientists from the Tibetan Discs recovered in 1938 are uncanny.


References: (For further study)

1. Leonard Stringfield UFO CRASH/RETRIEVALS: AMASSING THE EVIDENCE Status Report III; 1982 Leonard Stringfield; Cincinnati, Ohio by L.H. Stringfield.

2. Vyacheslav Zaitsev SPUTNIK The Russian Digest;" 'Visitors From Outer Space: Science versus Fiction' 1963 (condensed from the almanac Na Sushe i na more 'On Land and at Sea') by Vyacheslav Zaitsev.

3. FLYING SAUCERS: Mysteries of the Space Age; page 17; April 1969 Issue number 63; Palmer Publications, Inc Amherst, WI