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originally posted by: stirling
This is interesting if true....and leads to some speculations...
The Sphinx is also an enigma which has been recently dated by Shock as about that age as well....give or take...and it all seems to indicate a world wide civilisation which flourished around that time frame.
There is no 'school of archaeology' no monolithic organization - its hundreds of schools using consensus with much dissent. What 'holds them back'? Evidence; where the evidence is found it moves; ie Catalhuyuck, Gobekli Tepe and Aşıklı Höyük come to mind.
At present there is no indication of a world wide civilization at that period - there is however clear evidence of many cultures at various levels of technology - but no civilization until Sumer.
The problem is most of the information coming out is coming out on fringe sites
originally posted by: Culcullen
a reply to: Hanslune
No Monolithic organization no, but a definite and pervasive dogmatic approach unlike many other modern sciences. Modern Archaeology has an unfortunate tendency to make the evidence fit a paradigm then close the book imo, instead of making the paradigm fit the evidence. Where the evidence is overwhelming it moves. Egyptology is one example, where many theories are based on the "work" of early 20th century adventurers who were little more than vandals, dynamiting ancient sites with no more knowledge of empirical method than the average man in the street.
Depends on what you term civilization, but this is a potentially long discussion.
I don't regard the Jakarta post or the Indonesian government as fringe sources.