Forbidden Archaeology? According to Cremo, the figurine dubbed the Nampa Image was recovered by workers who were drilling a water-well in Nampa, Idaho in Cremo is critical of Michael Brass, who wrote in his book, The Antiquity of Man: Artifactual, Fossil and Gene Records Explored , that it would have been destroyed by the drilling equipment upon retrieval as it was brought up to the surface. In the tube of sand pump, it would be subject to the laws of physics and knocked around at least enough to pulverize the fragile clay figurine. At the very least, the abrasive effect of the sand in the pump would have rounded it to the point of being unrecognizable to even the most gullible.
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Forbidden Archaeology? According to Cremo, the figurine dubbed the Nampa Image was recovered by workers who were drilling a water-well in Nampa, Idaho in Cremo is critical of Michael Brass, who wrote in his book, The Antiquity of Man: Artifactual, Fossil and Gene Records Explored , that it would have been destroyed by the drilling equipment upon retrieval as it was brought up to the surface. In the tube of sand pump, it would be subject to the laws of physics and knocked around at least enough to pulverize the fragile clay figurine.
At the very least, the abrasive effect of the sand in the pump would have rounded it to the point of being unrecognizable to even the most gullible. As usual, Cremo is credulous to the point of ignoring any parsimonious or realistic explanation, which makes him the utter laughing stock of real archaeology. Unfortunately, the lay-public, eager for stories of mystery and intrigue, get only a portion of the story when they read his perspective. More likely, he was aware of them, but cherry-picked which criticisms he would be willing to be counter-critical of.
He does make short work of one suggestion that the figurine may have found its way at the stratum naturally through a rock fissure or natural geological process. However, there were many criticisms of the object itself, which was heralded by one George Fredrick Wright, an amateur geologist that began as a Christian Darwinist then later turned to active fundamentalist and was even an author of some of the essays called The Fundamentals, which started and defined this now obnoxious movement of Christianity.
Indeed, actual geologists and anthropologists of the period remarked that Wright was pseudoscientific: Dr. While stopping at a hotel some gentlemen called on him to show him a figurine which they said they had found in sinking an artesian well in the neighborhood at a depth, if I remember rightly, of more than three hundred feet.
The figurine is a little image of a man or woman done in clay and baked. It is not more than an inch and a half in length, and is slender and delicate, more delicate than an ordinary clay pipestem, and altogether exceedingly fragile.
Hold the figurine at the height of your eye and let it fall on the hearth at your feet, and it would be shivered into fragments. It was claimed that this figurine had been brought up from the bottom of an artesian well while the men were working, or about the time that they were working at the well, and that as it came out it was discovered.
When this story was told the writer [Powell], he simply jested with those who claimed to have found it. He had known the Indians that live in the neighborhood, had seen their children play with just such figurines, and had no doubt that the little image had lately belonged to some Indian child, and said the same. When I returned to Washington I related the jest at a dinner table, and afterward it passed out of my mind.
In reading Prof. Consider the circumstances. A fragile toy is buried in the sands and gravels and boulders of a torrential stream. Three hundred feet of materials are accumulated over it from the floods of thousands of years. Then volcanoes burst forth and pour floods of lava over all; and under more than three hundred feet of sands, gravels, clays, and volcanic rocks the fragile figurine remains for centuries, under such magical conditions that the very color of the burning is preserved.
Then well-diggers, with a pump drill, hammer and abrade the rocks, and bore a six-inch hole down to this figurine without destroying it, and with a sand-pump bring it to the surface, to be caught by the well-digger; and Prof.
Wright believes the story of the figurine, and places it on record in his book! And Michael Cremo places it on record in his book! Cremo also cited F. A process well-known to archaeology and should be understood even for a pseudo-archaeologist. Pure and simple. It was presented at a time in which hoaxes were popular and people liked the notoriety. References Brinton, D. Man and the Glacial Period, a book review. Science, 20 , Cremo, Michael The mystery of the Nampa image. Atlantis Rising, no.
Jewett, F. Powell, J. Are there evidences of man in the glacial gravels? Popular Science Monthly, vol.
Michael Cremo’s “Forbidden Archaeology”
Provide specific examples with relevant dates, locations, etc. Provide specific examples of both types of texts from the lecture. Which primary texts, according to Cremo, both past and present, offer evidence for extreme human antiquity? Is such evidence valid? Be specific. Do you agree with Oldroyd?
Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race
But starting from about the s, paleoanthropologists turned to the view that human beings first evolved in the next era, the Pleistocene 2. The older evidence, Cremo and Thompson say, was never shown bad; it was just reinterpreted in such a way as to rule out tertiary humans. So what Cremo and Thompson have done is "comb the early literature in great—indeed impressive—detail"  and argue, on the basis of their historical study, "that the old arguments were never satisfactorily disproved and should be reconsidered with open minds". Cremo and Thompson fail to take account of this, he says, and seem to want to accord equal value to all finds. Groves also states that their discussion of radiometric dating fails to take account of the ongoing refinement of these methods, and the resulting fact that later results are more reliable than earlier ones. He concludes that the book is only "superficially scholarly". These ideas can compel researchers to publish their analyses according to the conceptions permitted by the scientific community.
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