Archive for the ‘pseudo-archaeology’ Category
Last week he blathered on about Jesus being discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls. This week he’s added Paul to his insane suppositions. But he knows so little that he actually asserts that Paul – according to ‘Christian tradition’, was crucified in Rome…
Afraid not. So much for any semblance of scholarship in Simcha’s work.
On their facebook page they have this image and description:
That isn’t Gath. But not only do none of the Museum’s curators know it, none of their commenters do either. It’s Herodium.
Maybe the Museum should have employed an Israeli (or at least someone who has been to Israel once or twice) to fact check.
If they are this wrong on the archaeology and as we’ve seen, on the dating of the Scrolls, what exactly will the Museum exhibition be right about?
Imagine the Titanic minus the smokestacks, framed out of timber rather than iron. Imagine that instead of a doomed ocean liner bustling with well-dressed elites, it’s home to 2,000 seasick animals, a handful of teenage dinosaurs and one patriarchal family headed by a 500-year-old man bent on saving the world. Cultures all over the globe share the legend of Noah’s Ark, but this summer one especially enthusiastic Christian ministry will try to convince you that it looked exactly like this—dinosaurs and all—when it opens its biblical theme park. Its pièce de résistance is a 510-foot representation of Noah’s giant boat. (OK, the Titanic was bigger, but you get the idea.) Tickets for the July 7 opening go on sale January 19, and the ministry folks are betting big—with borrowed money—that people will want to see the show.
And much more. Get your tickets while you can…
Frankly, it looks like a poor knock off. The papyrus has no taint of ancient-ness, the ink is darker than ancient ink ever is, and it smells to high heaven of another attempt to make a buck from the unsuspecting and gullible fragment collectors out there.
Nonetheless, EVEN IF it is ancient, without provenance and without a ‘chain of custody’ by which to trace its history, it is quite worthless historically.
But I may be wrong and if I am I hope Roberta Mazza will set me straight.
Why??? Come on people, give. It. Up.
Is Noah’s Ark still hiding somewhere today, waiting to be discovered? A documentary coming to theaters nationwide next week explores the ongoing search for the world’s most famous vessel and documents the dangers involved in the centuries-old quest.
Save your money. Go buy a book or donate to poor relief or buy me a Starbucks giftcard (the latter will get you out of purgatory altogether for the right amount).
Watch out Eric…. there are those waiting in the wings (with air nurse wings!) to dethrone you as the premier American digger.
UPDATE: Oh boy….
Authors Aaron Judkins and Michael McDaniel talked about their new book, Alien Agenda, and how it relates to forbidden archaeology, UFOs, the Nephilim, and the coming of the Antichrist. Detailing the origins of his research, Judkins, an archaeologist, explained that he was intrigued by the preponderance of winged serpents and discs depicted by ancient cultures throughout the world. McDaniel, a theologian, traced his interest to meeting an alleged abductee and a subsequent investigation of the Bible where he found references to the UFO phenomenon. Both authors contended that UFOs are malevolent, with Judkins suggesting that the elusive nature of the phenomenon portends a sinister agenda and McDaniel connecting them to a long term plan hatched by Satan.
I think that pretty much says it all…
Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artifacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age.
The scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and associated with Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, have already recovered a total of more than 400 different skeletons, as well as hundreds of weapons and pieces of armor, also the remains of two war chariots, scattered over an area of approximately 200 square meters. They estimate that more than 5000 other bodies could be dispersed over a wider area, suggesting that an army of large size who have perished on the site.
Mmmm hmmmm…… And the original source of the unproven claim is the ‘WorldNewsDailyReport’ website… which is something like the National Enquirer.