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Nomoli: figurines of Ancient Astronauts left by a mysterious culture?

The Nomoli figurines are small figures carved in stone found by the local population of Sierra Leone, between the 1980s and 1990s, during the search for diamonds in West Africa. These figurines, estimated to be approximately 12,000 years old, are the most unusual, most exceptional and oldest creations ever discovered in Africa.

Nomoli: figurines of Ancient Astronauts left by a mysterious culture?
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Among the many ancient finds that certainly threaten the traditional schools of thought of classical archeology are the Nomoli Figurines. These are small stone sculptures 40 to 70 centimeters high that accurately depict mysterious deformed humanoid beings, often with a reptilian appearance.

The figurines were discovered between the 1980s and 1990s by local people in Sierra Leone, during the diamond rush in West Africa.

The origin of the figurines, called “Nomoli” by locals, is shrouded in mystery, as they do not appear to belong to any known African culture. Some figurines were found at a depth of 50 meters, in the geological layer that corresponds to the age between 11 thousand and 12 thousand years ago. This data has left archaeologists very perplexed, given that this dating does not confirm the current knowledge of classical archaeology, since the oldest civilizations in the region date back to 4,000 BC. So where do these mysterious artefacts come from?

As researchers John H. Atherton and Milan Kalous explain in a 2009 article (, the Nomoli were made and used in the area in which they are found. Therefore they were not imported.

But there's more! It seems that in a cavity inside some Nomoli there are metal balls and stones coming from space. Analysis carried out by the Natural History Museum in Vienna has shown that they are made of a strange mixture of chromium and steel. Some scholars have, moreover, found in the stones traces of a substance called iridium, but there is practically no iridium in the rocks of our planet, unless it is brought from the outside, for example by a meteorite.

Who put these little objects in there? And, more importantly, how was the metal alloy they are made of produced?

The so-called “blue colored stones from the sky” are a further puzzle within the puzzle. A local legend says: "The part of the sky in which Nomoli lived was transformed into a stone, which splintered as it rolled on the earth."

Among other things, it is interesting to note how the word "Nomoli" has an assonance with "Nommo", or how, again in West Africa, the Dogon of Mali call the beings who in a distant past, according to certain ancestral myths, rained on Earth from the star Sirius.

An African legend says that they “wandered without hindrance in places where no man had ever been before. One could not look them in the face because their eyes were so bright that they caused blindness in those who looked at them: it was like looking at the sun. These creatures were banned from entering the divine empire and sent to Earth.” This last part brings us back to the myth of the "fall of the angels", which is spoken of in various cultures, including the Judeo-Christian one.

According to local populations, the Nomoli figurines are a reminder of these divine creatures exiled on Earth. They have typical characteristics: they are made of different types of stone, they have large noses like that of a bird of prey with nostrils, large mouths, sometimes showing their teeth. Their skulls are flat.

Some figurines portray anthropomorphic-looking reptiles.

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Other representations show that the Nomoli, in the eyes of those who produced them, must have had considerable dimensions, such that they could easily ride an elephant.

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So, what do the Nomoli represent? Entities born from the religious imagination of a lost culture of 12 thousand years ago, or are they the documentation of ancient extraterrestrial astronauts who came into contact with our ancestors?

Researchers are still far from understanding all of the Nomoli's puzzling features. What is certain is that they represent yet another still unclear chapter in humanity's past.

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