But check out his hedging of his bets in his interview with Examiner.com published earlier today:
But it gets worse:
Today, we often consider Sumer to be the start of civilization. But archaeologists have found sites like Gobekli Tepe – dated at 10,500 years old – and others nearby that reveal that in parts of Turkey and along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, true temples and cities existed 10,000 years ago. That material hasn’t made it to the text books yet – we seem to pretend civilization began around 4000 BC and that simply hasn’t been the case for a number of decades.
In the interview Coppens (who accuses archaeologists of fabrication and conspiracies at least twice) goes on to assert again that the ancients believed they were contacted by "non-human intelligences." These would be the "gods" to them, but Coppens uses his own terminology to carefully conflate the gods with extraterrestrials. But the experiences of the ancients are still happening today every time someone sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, claims a demonic possession, or even sees Jesus in a tortilla. Coppens says that "they might be wrong, but we at least need to accept that they believed it." To me, this isn't the same as claiming these experiences have an objective, external reality. And if they were "wrong" labeling these "intelligences" by terms other than what the ancients chose to call them simply puts a modern bias on the ancient texts and asserts a spurious connection to hypothetical extraterrestrials that quickly becomes self-sustaining circular reasoning.
I requested copies of Coppens' Ancient Alien Question and Lost Civilization Enigma from New Page Books, his publisher, for review on this blog. While New Page has provided me with review copies of books in the past, so far they have declined to respond to my request.
So here is my challenge to Philip Coppens: If you believe your Lost Civilization Enigma is such strong evidence for a lost civilization, send me a copy to review. If you're right, I'll happily tell the world. If not, you still get free publicity among the "skeptics" you say you want to reach. You have nothing to lose but shipping and handling.