Now on to more depressing news…
Euro-centric scholars have long viewed the indigenous peoples of the Americas as primitive societies that generally stayed in one place and that had little knowledge of what lay beyond the horizon. Architects and urban historians, in particular, have repeatedly pointed out the shared architectural traits of communities in several parts of the Americas, but were consistently ignored by anthropologists. No one within the anthropology profession of the United States could produce an explanation of how crops from South America and Mesoamerica ended up in North America, unless their seeds were carried by humans.
Thornton next says that academics are in a conspiracy to suppress evidence of contact between Mesoamerican and Georgia. He cites the case of Arthur Kelly, who chaired the University of Georgia’s anthropology department until 1963. Thornton says he was sacked for advocating Mayan contact in Georgia, though it was a funny kind of sacking that left him a full professor until his retirement in 1969. I can’t find any evidence that, despite his peers’ rejection of his interpretation of Georgian material as Mesoamerican, he was in any way suppressed or sacked. After his death, several glowing tributes were published.
Thornton also says that Neo-Nazis and Satanists are using intimidation tactics to try to stop filmmaker Antara Brandner from reporting on the alleged Mayan connection to Georgia in her new documentary. Brandner’s previous film dealt with crop circles and environmentalism.
But rather than give any details about the documentary, Thornton instead recites his greatest hits, repeating claims he has been making nonstop for years. To this he has added a new one: He now claims to have found a connection to Peru and believes he has discovered large monumental Peruvian statues in Georgia:
Already, stone statues have been identified that are 16 feet and 28 feet tall. The shorter one is already out of the ground. It has not been decided how to move the larger statue safely out of a river gorge. They are the largest indigenous stone statues in the Americas.
Under Georgia law, it is legal to loot artifacts on private land, provided that the looter has written permission from the landowner and has notified the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in writing five days before the looting begins. Thornton did not indicate whether he met this minimal requirement, assuming that these statues are on private land. If they are on public land, it is simply illegal to touch them at all. It seems less likely that a river gorge would be private land, but without details there is no way to know.
But while Thornton is thrilled that a documentary is giving credence to his ideas, L. A. Marzulli, the Nephilim researcher and Christian fundamentalist, is deeply angry that another television documentary is making use of his ideas without giving him enough credit. Marzulli reports that another ancient mysteries researcher, whom he does not name (no, it’s not Scott Wolter), contacted him to discuss the hunt for lost “giant” skeletons without disclosing that he had a contract with a major television network to participate in what Marzulli calls a series of documentaries about the alleged giants.
Marzulli feels betrayed that his erstwhile colleague took advantage of research material he provided regarding a photograph of a supposed giant on Catalina Island without crediting Marzulli with the “discovery.” The researcher flew out to Catalina Island to view the original photograph after Marzulli described it to him. “While the picture that I discovered in the archives is not my property, the research and discovery of what turns out to be an 8.5 footer is.” In other words, Marzulli is claiming ownership over knowing that a photograph exists in an archive. Marzulli is upset that the documentary is scheduled to run in November and might lead people to believe that someone other than Marzulli was the first person to have seen the photograph in the archive in this current decade. (The archival material has been available to researchers for decades.) Honestly, I’m at a loss as to what exactly he’s mad about.
The trouble is that Glidden is known to have faked a lot of his material, purchasing bones from elsewhere and staging fake digs for publicity. Since this alleged giant skeleton does not appear in the records of Glidden’s museum (only the photograph does), nor is there a record of it being sold off with other parts of his collection, the burden of proof is on Marzulli to prove that the bones depicted in the picture are real and ancient human bones. The staging of the scene looks extremely fake, and I would be hesitant to assume anything in Glidden’s photos is what it appears to be. The measurements calculated by the technicians also assume that the skeleton is fully articulated and laid out in a natural position. The photograph, however, seems to show a partially disarticulated skeleton, and any attempted measurement has to account for the original anatomical position of the bones. Arms, for example, do not typically emerge from skulls.