Reviewed by Katharina Wilson
[March 28, 1996] -- In "Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race" authors Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson have collected, organized, and published an enormous amount of information that questions current beliefs about human evolution. Part I of "Forbidden Archeology" (the first 458 pages) is based on anomalous evidence and "provides a well-documented compendium of reports absent from many current references and not otherwise easily obtainable." The authors discuss how scientific evidence has been "systematically suppressed, ignored, or forgotten... not through a conspiracy organized to deceive the public, but through an ongoing social process of knowledge filtration that appears quite innocuous but has a substantial cumulative effect."
The authors' thesis is based on the premise that anomalous finds should be studied and possibly accepted along with currently accepted 'evidence.' Perhaps as is the case with other types of controversial information, "One prominent feature in the treatment of anomalous evidence is what we could call the double standard... evidence agreeing with a prevailing theory tends to be treated very leniently...In contrast, evidence that goes against an accepted theory tends to be subjected to intense critical scrutiny, and it is expected to meet very high standards of proof."
A section in Chapter One titled "The Phenomenon Of Suppression" perfectly describes what [UFO] experiencers and those involved with experiencer research are faced with. "...there are some observations that so violently contradict accepted theories that they are never accepted by any scientists. These tend to be reported by scientifically uneducated people in popular books, magazines, and newspapers."
Chapter Two covers detailed descriptions of reports involving intentionally cut and broken bones of animals -- in other words, bones which have been altered by man. Some of this evidence points toward a theory that there was a human presence in the Americas far earlier than was originally believed (which is thought to be between 12 thousand and 25 thousand years ago).
However, many serious scientists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries reported that marks on bones as old as 25 million years old were indicative of human work. This chapter shows that when 'unbelievable' information arises and people are convinced that it cannot exist, the evidence pointing to such conclusions is overlooked or ignored by the scientific community.
Chapters Three, Four, and Five continue with extremely detailed and similar studies of anomalous old stone tools and industries. Chapter Six closes out the first section of "Forbidden Archeology" with a discussion of anomalous human skeletal remains. The authors' conclusion of Part I: "[the evidence] suggests the existence of anatomically modern humans as far back as the early Tertiary [the first period of the Cenozoic era; 65-37 millions years ago]." A partial review of this anomalous evidence is listed at the end of this report.
Part 2 of "Forbidden Archeology" involves discussions of "accepted evidence," beginning with a review and discussion of "Java Man," and continuing with "The Piltdown case," and, in chapter nine, (highly recommended), "Peking Man and Other Finds in China."
The authors go into detail about how the Rockefeller Foundation funded a lot of the digs in Peking [Beijing]. Quoting from this chapter (page 534): "It thus becomes clear that at the same time the Rockefeller Foundation was channeling funds into human evolution research in China, it was in the process of developing an elaborate plan to fund biological research with a view to developing methods to effectively control human behavior. [Canadian physician Davidson Black's] research into Peking man must be seen within this context in order to be properly understood."
From page 537 and 538 , in reference to a new beginning of philanthropy, "All programs in various Rockefeller charities 'relating to the advance of human knowledge' were shifted to the Rockefeller Foundation, which was organized into five divisions... Each division was run by a highly competent academic and technical staff, who advised the trusties of the Foundation where to give their money.... It was... to be essentially one program, directed to the general problem of human behavior, with the aim of control through understanding... The Foundation also saw itself engaged in a kind of thought control. Fosdick (1952, p.143) said: 'The possession of funds carries with it power to establish trends and styles of intellectual endeavor.'"
Chapter Ten is titled "Living Ape Men?" This chapter reviews and discusses many descriptions of what we in the Pacific Northwest term "Bigfoot." The term used by the authors most often is "Wildmen." This chapter is highly recommended. If you don't purchase the book you should at least go to the library and read chapters 9 and 10.
After pages and pages of descriptions and discussions of evidence, the authors write, "Despite all the evidence we have presented, most recognized authorities in anthropology and zoology decline to discuss the existence of wildmen. If they mention wildmen at all, they rarely present the really strong evidence for their existence, focusing instead on the report least likely to challenge their disbelief."
Appendix 2, titled "Evidence for Advanced Culture In Distant Ages," describes such anomalous evidence as:
- "Raised letter-like shapes found inside a block of marble from a quarry near Philadelphia, PA. The block of marble came from a depth of 60-70 feet, which suggests the letters were made from intelligent humans from the distant past."
- "A metallic bell-shaped vessel that was blown out of pudding stone now called the Roxbury conglomerate, is over 600 million years old... by current standards, life was just beginning to form on this planet... but this vessel indicates the presence of artistic metal workers in North America over 600 million years before Leif Erikson."
- "A chalk ball was found... and based on its stratigraphic position, it can be assigned a date of 45-55 million years ago."
The appendix has a long listing of other anomalous evidence, but I will leave the remainder of the secrets to be discovered by the reader.
I highly recommend this book. It is long, (over 900 pages), but it is packed full of interesting reports and data.
["Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race" by Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson, ISBN 0-89213-294-9 (Bhaktivedanta Book Publishing, Inc., 3764 Watseka Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90034). May be ordered using a credit card through ITV (209) 337-2200; $39.99 plus $4.00 s/h.]
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