I looked up archeologist Virginia Steen-McIntyre on a Google search and I'm seeing conflicting stories. There's an excellent article (supportive
of her) about that show on Talk Origins
I did question your article based on information I found on Google. For instance, your source says she's an archaeologist -- and she is, indeed,
nowadays. Most sites list her as a geologist. She may have been niether -- a more credible source says she was a grad student in geology and that the
methods she was using for dating the samples had been untested -- the methods were controversial and nobody knew how reliable they were.
And as far as her "never working again" goes...
"In early 1973, Virginia Steen-McIntyre had achieved international recognition from several organizations, including the National Academy of Science,
from whom she also received funding for foreign meetings and speaking engagements. She worked part-time in her area of expertise for a government
laboratory, and even became an adjunct professor of Archaeology at Colorado State University"
I don't know if you'd care to read that Terravista article, but it gives a more balanced insight into what was a real scholarly brawl (more like an
outright war) between two groups at the site who disagreed with each others' conclusions. The writers of this webpage do agree there was abuse and
that there needs to be a review, but point out that science is ALWAYS suspicious of results that don't match up with facts (ala the famous "cold
fusion" fraud of the past 20 years.)
At any rate, it seems her case is being heard. Discovery Channel included her in a recent
(a more polite and less informative version of "what really happened" ):
But my suggestion still stands: if you want to do research or to debunk some of the old guard, you really do first need to know quite a bit about the
field -- and this would include taking coursework and doing fieldwork. My personal opinion is that the jury's still out but that I'm disinclined to
believe 200,000 years. I would, however, believe 20,000 years since the Clovis points and some other artifacts suggest that there were humans in the
area some 12,000 years ago.
[Edited on 4-12-2002 by Byrd]