posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 07:53 PM
I'm an anthropology student, archeology specifically. I hope to earn my Ph.D in a couple of years. Shows on TV such as Ancient Aliens actually played
a part in my choosing such a field. Fascinating stuff.
Having learned something of the methodology and dating techniques, as well as the scientific method and the responsibility that a scientist must
adhere to I'm afraid that most of the mysteries have disappeared from before my eyes. Much of what is seen on Ancient Aliens is junk. There are a few
Like the OP I too believe that there is something missing in our prehistoric record. I cannot really put my finger on it though.
The great pyramid simply was not constructed in the time frame claimed IMO. As pointed out in Ancient Aliens there were just too many stone blocks.
There is no great challenge in moving the stones however. The combined efforts of even 40 men equals a great deal of moving potential.
Clearly much is lost to sea level rise. However, I can't see where a professional can support the idea that there are significant civilizations that
predate circa 4000BC. There are ample examples across Europe and everywhere else of what civilization was in 6000 and 8000BC. In every known example
it was pretty rudimentary; the forerunners of what was to come. One cannot expect to find advanced civilization and its' arcane beginnings in the same
time and region. While carbon14 dating is fallable it is generally good. Very good indeed within the time frame we are talking about. Plus, the degree
of uncertainty of a given date can be obtained thanks to outliers during the analysis process.
Science simply must be conservative to be of value. Scientists are not inclined to step out on a limb and risk their reputation. That said, when the
evidence is there it is there. I cannot fathom respectable, non-fringe scientists not jumping on great mysteries. For this reason I have come to
believe that most of the mystery found in history is not rooted in fantastical things. I did say "most".
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