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alternative archaeologist Robert Schoch

Not a complete crank, but already in the ancient civilisation business:

Robert M. Schoch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert M. Schoch is an associate professor of Natural Science at the College of General Studies, a 2 year non-degree granting unit of Boston University. He received his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Yale in 1983, and is best known for his argument that the Great Sphinx of Giza is much older than conventionally thought and that possibly some kind of catastrophe has wiped out other evidence of a significantly older civilization. ...

Schoch's other theories include the belief that possibly all pyramids -- in Egypt, Mesoamerica and elsewhere -- represent (in the sense that the general concept of pyramids is inherited, along with many other cultural commonalities) a much older global culture, or at least that there was cultural contact around the world in ancient times. He is also known for his research on the Yonaguni underwater "monuments," ...

However, Schochs final conclusion on the Bosniak pyramids was different from what Osmanagić claims, in fact he seems to be the source of the negative views In Wales wrote about:

...It can easily be seen how some researchers, especially if not well-versed in sedimentary geology, could be persuaded by the force of Osmanagic's rhetoric that there must be at least a "little something" in the way of human-made pyramidal type structures around Visoko. Instead, what we found were totally natural hills composed of sediments dating from the Late Miocene (about six to eight million years ago).


Also pointing to a natural origin are the numerous fossils found in the rocks of the hills. In certain layers of the sandstones and mudstones abundant angiosperm leaves and other plant debris occur, all dating back millions of years to Late Miocene times...

Instead of paying attention to the potentially valuable fossils, Osmanagic's crews are chopping right through them, sometimes with shovels, sometimes with backhoes, and discarding the fragile remains on the scrap heaps, apparently oblivious to the loss....

Meanwhile Osmanagic's crews continue their excavations, and as a result the hills surrounding the vicinity of Visoko are being carved and sculpted into Mayan-style step pyramids and their remains hauled off with a tremendous loss of artifacts and fossils...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Aug 27th, 2012 at 01:21:43 PM EST
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