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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  11:34:30  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-bizarre-archeological-discoveries.php


This will blow your minds!

filthy
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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  12:17:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by On fire for Christ

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-bizarre-archeological-discoveries.php


This will blow your minds!

I can't speak for anyone else, but my mind remains relatively unblown. I will only deal with the Acámbaro Figures at the moment. They are a fraud and a rather clumsy one at that.
Evidence of a hoax
The very circumstances from which the figures first appeared are cited as dubious.[2] Julsrud claims that he paid the farmers for every figure they brought him, which would have given the farmers motive to create their own figures and disguise them as ancient artifacts.

According to DiPeso, the surface of the figures was practically brand new and they showed no characteristic evidence of having been in the ground for at least 1500 years. If they were authentic artifacts, they should be scratched and marred from the rocky soil, which is characteristic of artifacts found in that area of Mexico. Also, while people were digging up the artifacts, DiPeso observed them crush through authentic artifacts to reach the figures, yet none of the figures themselves displayed any marks of damage. Other evidence includes fresh manure and fingerprints found under the ground, and black fill from other strata which was discovered in sterile red earth, all of which is evidence of tampering with the site.[2]

The sheer number of perfect figures found is cited as evidence for a hoax.[2] Over 32,000 figures were found, and all of them in perfect condition except for a few that were cleanly broken, perhaps to create the illusion of antiquity. If these were authentic antiquities, they would not be preserved with such perfection in such an inhospitable environment. Pottery is almost always uncovered as fragments called sherds; nowhere have 32,000 unblemished ceramics been uncovered with none of them in fragments and all of them in perfect condition (cleanly broken in two does not count as fragmentation).

The trick, you see, is not to take the claim at face value from just a single source, but research it from other places as well. "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." In this case, that is sorely lacking.

An interesting read, though.







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Edited by - filthy on 04/27/2010 12:35:08
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Chippewa
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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  15:52:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[satire]Could this be a photo of the ruins of an ancient space port? Clearly we see a central gateway (or time portal?) through which ancient astronauts were transported on their way to the two fossilized rocket ships seen in the distance, joined by an ancient central launch tower. Pre-flight conference tables are also seen midway! Or maybe that's the cafeteria.[/satire]
http://www.martinfrost.ws/htmlfiles/gazette/st_andrewscath.jpg

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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  16:04:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
good satire there

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