Tag Archive for archaeology

15 Credibility Street #20: A Mummy-Bundle of BS

Mummies, aliens, and alien mummies. It’s a strange strange world out there… News chat: 70th anniversary of Flying Saucers “Anonymous” needs to be ignored. Their goofy (and boring) claims are baseless and should not be considered “news”. Real people have to waste valuable time debunking this s**t. Gwnyeth’s GOOPy stickers Gizmodo was the first to point out…

Swords and sophistry: Questionable archaeology to the hilt (UPDATE: Not a Roman sword)

Welcome to 2016! I predict that this year we will continue to see the popularity of pseudo archaeology – a cracked spinoff of a science-based field that studies human long-past history. Yes, more out-of-place artifacts, ancient alien astronauts, Atlantis, etc. Today, we bring you the continuing saga of SwordGate and a heretic historian who is attempting to prove…

Were the Egyptian mummies just scarecrows? Carson’s absurd claims about the pyramids.

So, Republican candidate for President Ben Carson has a very unusual idea about the Egyptian pyramids. What should Americans think about that? It’s not debatable that the pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs. It’s not even a mystery of how they were built. Hint: NOT aliens, but good old manpower, lots of it. The…

New prehistoric stone monument find near Stonehenge

News snippet: The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project reveals traces of standing stones beneath Durrington Walls super-henge The remains of a major new prehistoric stone monument have been discovered less than 3 kilometres from Stonehenge. Using cutting edge, multi-sensor technologies the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project has revealed evidence for a large stone monument hidden beneath the…

Ancient Bronze Age Spartan Palace discovered

An ancient Greek palace filled with cultic objects and clay tablets written in a lost script may be the long-lost palace of Mycenaean Sparta, one of the most famous civilizations of ancient Greece. Source: Lost Palace of Sparta Possibly Uncovered – Yahoo News The palace, which burnt to the ground in the 14th century B.C.,…

Has Nefertiti’s tomb been found? Too soon to tell.

Label this “Too Early to Tell”: An archaeologist thinks he may have evidence that the tomb of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is hidden in plain site. Source: Has Queen Nefertiti’s tomb been found? In a paper recently published by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, Nicholas Reeves, an archaeologist at the University of Arizona, suggests that Nefertiti’s tomb may…

Cat on a Roman tile roof

News Driblet: Isn’t that just like a cat, walking through the clay while it was drying. Archaeologists found this 2,000 years remnant that the builders used despite the prints. The print has only just been noticed on a Roman roof tile unearthed in the city in 1969. Source: 2,000-year-old cat’s paw print uncovered in Gloucester –…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

What were these gold spirals for?

Archaeologists Baffled By 2,000 Tiny Gold Spirals Discovered In Denmark A press release from the National Museum of Denmark reveals this mysterious find. Thousands of tightly-wound gold wires, each about one inch long, appears to have been buried in a box aged around 900 BC. Nearly 2,000 small gold spirals from the Bronze Age have come to…

Nat Geo posts an “exclusive” stinker about a non-“lost city” in Honduras

Nat Geo presented a not “new” finding and forgot they had done this before! Why? They did it for the Nookie, I mean, the hype, the clicks, the attention. Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest. In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.…

Ancient Roman ruins in Miami is a hoax

A very silly story made the rounds on Facebook. No, those are not Roman ruins unearthed in downtown Miami. Obviously. In fact, they aren’t anything all that interesting. Fake news is REALLY annoying. Roman Ruins in Downtown Miami Hoax Debunked. The story flooded Facebook feeds all over South Florida last week. Topped with a photo…

Was Vlad Tepes, Dracula, buried in Italy?

Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, was a Romanian folk hero ruling from 1456 to 1462, protecting native land against the Ottoman empire. He was posthumously known as Vlad the Impaler from his nasty habit of hoisting enemy bodies on spears for all to see. Because of the House of his father, he was known as…

Cheops Cartouche affair suspects charged

An update to this story: Rogue amateur archaeologists stole samples to “prove” a conspiracy theory Nine suspects including three German nationals and six Egyptians were referred to criminal court in Giza for seizing and facilitating seizure of artifacts from King Cheops (Khufu) pyramid and smuggling them abroad. Egyptian, German suspects referred to court over stealing…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

Starchild skull proponent Lloyd Pye has died

Lloyd Anthony Pye, an American author and paranormal researcher, has died after a bout with lymphoma cancer. He was best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull, a deformed specimen, which he claims is remains of an alien-human hybrid. DNA tests have shown it is human (and both parents were human) suffering probably from…

India’s gold dig is a bust

In an update to this story about looking for gold based on magical insight, “the dream is over”. Gold hunt in UP: Dream is over, India wakes up to reason : North, News – India Today. After 11 days of digging for the 1,000 tonnes of gold at the Daundia Khera village in Unnao district…