02 March 2009

What Brick and Mortar Archaeology Has Missed

I received two comments on my June 26, 2008 blog, The Assimilation of the Greenland Norse With Native Peoples, in which I made mention of what probably happened among the native peoples during pre-history. One commentator chose to remain anonymous so his opinion is meaningless. The other, an archaeologist who has worked with what little data remains of the Anasazi culture after the intervening centuries, has chosen to proliferate the dogma associated with virtually every aspect of archaeology on the subject instead of actually promoting his own opinion. Sadly his comments have been lost, however; I offer the following to him and you others out there who have a propensity to create entire cultures from a pile of rocks.

Now, don't jump to the conclusion that I am maligning the science of archaeology. I am not, but I am pointing out that archaeologists oftentimes exhibit a myopic view, missing clues that have been extant for centuries while they trowel through layers of detritus looking for artifacts to which they can attach a long-dead personality.

To wit: 'their academic degrees can occasionally put them at a disadvantage when compared to a skeptic with common sense and a need for evidence. All too often an "expert" has devoted his life and intelligence to a particular school of thought, followed it without question, enjoyed mutual support from a closed group of colleagues—and never realized that some of his theory's grand and intricate constructs have been founded upon presuppositions that have little to do with truth. An important creed of science is summed up by the old Latin maxim, Nullius in Verba: "Don't take any one's word for it." The history of science shows that the greatest discoveries were made by people who questioned so-called "facts" that all the world thought were settled issues.'
Fred Heeren, Show Me God, Day Star Publications, Wheeling, IL, 2000 P-291.

Much has happened on this North American continent of ours that archaeology has chosen to ignore because there are few pyramids, mounds, ruins, or rock piles remaining of this pre-historical period for them to postulate about. As a consequence they have missed the faint echoes of the past that the early explorers on this continent noted in their journals. I have not however, as will be seen as my Axe of Iron series continues to tell the tale of the Greenland Norse people from the evidence for their disappearance that I have gleaned from careful research of those journals.

Stay tuned, the buzz is just beginning.

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