More Idiotic Dilettantism from the History Channel

This one even I couldn’t believe.  Aren writes

Josh Walton (who excavated with us for quite a few years and is a senior staff member of the Ashkelon excavations) has passed on to me a link to a program on the History Channel (yes, the History Channel!!!) in which among other things, it is claimed that Goliath is the progeny of a mixed marriage – half alien, half human!

Are people really that stupid?  If so, they should stay indoors in their little padded rooms.

Aren continues

If you go to this clip (unless you really have a lot of time to waste, go directly to minutes 3:45-5:30 of the episode), you will see a few interesting things:
1) Archaeologists at Tel Saf found a giant moat defending the site
2) The found a sherd with the name Goliath
3) Scientific tests dates the sherd to the 10th century
4) From this it is clear that Goliath is an extraterrestrial
No kidding – that is what they say. BTW – the pictures of an archaeological excavation that appear in the clip are not taken at Tell es-Safi/Gath.

You’ll have to go over to Aren’s for the clip.  My right eye is throbbing and I think I’m about to have an aneurysm.  I’ll be back later if I survive.

3 thoughts on “More Idiotic Dilettantism from the History Channel

  1. Tom Verenna 8 Dec 2010 at 7:24 am

    You do realize this network airs specials that try to prove that aliens built the pyramids, right? What can you really expect from them?

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  2. Douga 8 Dec 2010 at 9:03 am

    have they become the National Enquirer of cable?

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  3. Jeremy 8 Dec 2010 at 10:29 am

    The History Channel gives me good examples in my Old Testament class of how the Bible has given rise to lots of weird speculation. (I recently showed a video in my Ezekiel class where they stated Ezekiel saw UFOs on several occasions).

    I don’t think that’s their aim though.

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