What happened before...

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What happened before...

Not sure how to word this right or if it is linked to a major plot element so feel free to remain mum if it does...

Given that it's a large universe out there, is there any evidence from the (abet limited so far) travels of man to suggest that there was some sort of "earlier age". Not just referring to the alien relics that are found (for the sake of argument say evidence withered by "Deep Time", fossilized bone fragments with inactive nanotech or scars of ancient industry) something to suggest evidence of alien intelligence that reached or exceeded human heights ages ago. Sort of like Traveller's "Ancients", 2300AD's "Medusa", Niven's "Pak" and "Slavers", or the aliens from "The Engines of God" to name a few. Clearly there is evidence that SOMETHING is going on, but for flavor's sake has there been anything suggesting someone/thing was out there before even Factors, relic civilizations with spiderweb architecture, Exsurgent, oh my... was about?

...Or am I underestimating the timeline here and some of the relics that are turning up ARE older than say a couple thousand, and whatever is going out there has been going on a long, long, loooonnngggg time.