Disinformation Guide to Ancient Aliens, Lost Civilizations, Astonishing Archaeology and Hidden History- an excerpt
By Preston Peet
“The goal of this anthology is not to present definitive answers to all, or even to any of the myriad mysteries and puzzling questions. Rather, the goal is to inspire you, the readers, to think and question archaeological and historical orthodoxy on any number of levels by offering alternative possibilities what are now the “acceptable” theories….”
The “Real” Past
“In recent years, archaeology has turned a great deal of its attention to theoretical musings, to examining its most basic assumptions. Are there any ‘facts’?” asks Paul G. Bahn in the forward to his 1995 collection 100 Great Archaeological Discoveries, (Barnes and Nobel Books), which, writes Bahn, details 100 of the most exciting discoveries made by archaeology in the last couple of centuries. “Can one say anything meaningful and objective about the past when studying (highly incomplete) evidence in the present?” But just a page later, after noting we cannot possibly really “know” human pre-history, Bahn then goes on to illustrate the way in which the mainstream often ostracizes and ridicules what Barbara Ann Clow, in her 2001 book Catastrophobia describes as the “new paradigm researchers,” (and who is herself definitely a “new paradigm researcher,”) by writing:
“A further motivation for producing a book of this kind is to be found in the recent re-emergence of the Von Danikenesque (Chariots of the God?) ‘God is a Spaceman’ message. We had hoped that books promoting the theory that anything impressive or bizarre in the archaeological record must be attributable to extraterrestrial visitors were a freak phenomenon of the 1970s, and that, having sold in tens of millions, they had faded away. Now, however, the success of the film Stargate (a science-fiction fantasy suggesting that ancient Egyptian civilization was produced by an extraterrestrial) and the unexpected appearance in the 1995 bestseller lists of Fingerprints of the Gods (a book arguing that the monuments of the ancient world were built 15,000 years ago by a race of super-beings whose lost civilization now lies in ruins beneath Antarctica) shows that the monster was merely dormant; it can easily awake and devour an army of gullible readers. So we hope a book that sets out the ‘real past,’ the astonishing variety of human achievements, the end-products of our ancestors’ sweat and ingenuity, will not only help explain what archaeologists do and why (albeit in a very incomplete fashion at that) but also go a little way towards counteracting this resurrected obsession without ascribing our heritage to fantasy super-humans.”
Besides his telling readers first that there’s no way to “know the real past,” then decreeing what should be considered “real” when studying the past, Bahn is blatantly misrepresenting Hancock’s theories put forth in Fingerprints of the Gods, in which Hancock never wrote anything about “super-humans,” but rather examined the possibility that humanity had progressed into a fairly advanced maritime civilization or even more than one civilization during those thousands upon thousands of years between the appearance of apparently “modern” humans and what appears to have been cataclysmic changes on the Earth at the end of the last ice age about 12,000 or so years ago. Insulting too is Bahn’s assertion that Von Daniken’s idea (and Von Daniken is certainly not alone in his suspicions or he wouldn’t have sold those tens of millions of book Bahn almost jealously mentions) that extraterrestrials might have visited and interacted with people in some way on Earth at some point in the mists of prehistory as being beyond consideration is merely condescending—with the vast number of stars and possibilities for different cultures having developed throughout the cosmos, who’s to say one way or the other whether such radical theories are wrong or crazy merely because they’re so “controversial” or “strange” or unacceptable to the status quo.
In the Disinformation Guide to Ancient Aliens, Lost Civilizations, Astonishing Archaeology and Hidden History, my goal is to illustrate that the “monster”—of questioning the established paradigm, and positing radical new ideas and theories—is not dormant nor dying, that it is alive and well, and that mainstream guardians of the status quo resorting to haughty statements of assuredness and sincerity and scorn of the outsider cannot hide the fact that there are unanswered questions and mysteries that abound about our pre-history, questions that haven’t come close to being answered by mainstream archaeology. The goal of this anthology is not to present definitive answers to all, or even to any of the myriad mysteries and puzzling questions. Rather, the goal is to inspire you, the readers, to think and question archaeological and historical orthodoxy on any number of levels by offering alternative possibilities to what are now the “acceptable” theories. Countless are the interpretations of the “extremely limited” evidence at hand, and many the mysteries and anomalies, (too many even for a collection as wide and varied as this book is to include within one cover), so that any theory or postulation is as valid as the next, since we cannot, as Bahn noted, “really know” our pre-history, that span of 100,000 to 200,000 years (and quite possibly even much longer) when modern human were walking the Earth supposedly waiting for that magic moment when civilization’s trappings suddenly took root and sprang up across the globe in scattered and supposedly disconnected locations amongst people totally independent of contact between one another on their separate continents. But we can take a look at these mysteries and wonder, and postulate and theorize and suggest conclusions from the evidence without having to worry about not being Politically Correct enough for those academics who insist that pre-history is a cut and dried story just missing a few minor details.
Contributors such as Graham Hancock (Underworld, Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith, and Sign and the Seal), Colin Wilson (The Occult, From Atlantis to the Sphinx, and The Atlantis Blueprint, with Rand Flem-Ath), Frank Joseph (Survivors of Atlantis, and the Destruction of Atlantis), William R. Corliss (The Sourcebook Project, Ancient Man—A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts, and Archeological Anomalies: Small Artifacts— Bone, Stone, Metal Artifacts, Footprints, High Technology), George Erikson (Atlantis in America), Christopher Dunn (the Giza Power Plant—Technologies of Ancient Egypt) and many more all examine an incredible number of alternative views to those promoted by the current defenders of mainstream paradigm, who insist only they can tell us what was happening during our “real” pre-historical stages. The contributors within these pages might not all agree with one another’s theories and ideas, but they do prove again and again that we human beings have not necessarily “evolved” from most primitive to most advanced, but have risen and fallen in fits and starts, rising to great heights only to be wiped out by some disaster, like a cometary strike or a massive flood or simply human stupidity, or any number of other great disasters that could have befallen the more advanced and primitive civilizations alike.
“Biblical stories, apocalyptic visions, ancient art and scientific data all seem to intersect at around 2350 B.C., when one or more catastrophic events wiped out several advanced societies in Europe, Asia and Africa,” reports Robert Roy Britt at Space.com, (November 13, 1001). While some sort of strike by a large object from space has long been a theory to explain the sudden decline of many of the great early civilizations of the Ancient World, there was no “smoking gun” until the find by satellite imagery of a gargantuan, two mile wide crater left by a the impact of an extra-planetary object, either a comet or a comet’s “associated meteors storms” which slammed into what is now Iraq. “The Akkadian culture of Iraq, thought to be the world’s first empire, collapsed,” writes Britt. “The settlements of ancient Israel, gone. Mesopotamia, Earth’s original breadbasket, dust. Around the same time — a period called the Early Bronze Age—apocalyptic writings appeared, fueling religious beliefs that persist today.” The Epic of Gilgamesh, written at about this time, describes “the fire, brimstone and flood of possibly mythical events.” Britt reports, “Omens predicting the Akkadian collapse preserve a record that ‘many stars were falling from the sky.’ The ‘Curse of Akkad,’ dated to about 2200 B.C., speaks of ‘flaming potsherds raining from the sky.’ Roughly 2000 years later, the Jewish astronomer Rabbi bar Nachmani created what could be considered the first impact theory: That Noah’s Flood was triggered by two ‘stars’ that fell from the sky. ‘When God decided to bring about the Flood, He took two stars from Khima, threw them on Earth, and brought about the Flood.’”
If a worldwide calamity took place today, possibly leaving behind a few scattered remnants of more technologically advanced people to rebuild small communities and devices to try and forecast another disaster should it come, like perhaps ancient survivors of ancient advanced civilizations did when building the now enigmatic and mysterious megalithic temples and observatories around the globe, but mainly left those primitive peoples who, as is still the case today in late March, 2005, live in stone-age conditions in the remotest parts of the world, to tell the tale of what came before, to describe for their children and grandchildren the vast modern cities and technologies that were utterly destroyed in fiery cataclysm or sunk beneath the waves, how would future scientists interpret their stories, which would eventually become their myths? Would they do any better a job then we have?
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