A couple of weeks ago, Huang Heqing, a professor in the department of art and archaeology at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China made ridiculous claims about ancient history at a conference. Huang, who teaches art history, holds a doctoral degree from the University of Paris but nonetheless is convinced that all the achievements of ancient Western cultures were fabricated in the nineteenth century.
At the conference, Huang made the following assertions. They were presented in Mandarin, which it should be obvious that I do not speak. Below is a machine translation, which I have smoothed out and compared to discussions from actual Mandarin speakers who have also analyzed the claims:
Athens in Greece, the pyramids of Egypt and the “ruins” of Persepolis in Iran are modern forgeries. Using the method of “illustrated history,” from the perspective of art history, to examine ancient Western architecture, sculpture, cultural relics and sites, through a network of resources and access to a large number of rare and almost undisputed illustrations and historical photographs of ancient Western books, unquestionably proves that Athens’ Parthenon and other monuments, the Egyptian Sphinx, and the ruins of Persepolis in Iran ... It's all a modern forgery.
As best I can tell, his argument seems to be that nineteenth century drawings of ancient sites and art are not scientific records of preexisting structures and carvings but rather plans for construction. The stunning ignorance—and the wholesale imaginary conspiracy required to carry out this ridiculous work, fabricating thousands of years of documents, and rewriting thousands of books—boggles the mind.
He went on to claim that steel was an invention of the Chinese, not the West, and that cuneiform is a “scam” designed to rob China of its primacy as the first culture to write.
Fortunately, his colleagues in China have criticized his bizarre claims, and he has apparently been mocked vigorously on Weibo, the popular Chinese social media site.
2/5/2021 11:49:03 am
When was the Coliseum in Rome finished,,,,,,, the scaffolding was still up and work going on when I was there in the 1990s for Pete's sake.
2/5/2021 03:24:46 pm
OMG! I saw that, too, in the late 80s!
2/5/2021 09:23:24 pm
Ho and hum. Wake me when he claims that magnetized bits of rock carry declination with them, that he won five state football championships, or that Reno is not west of Los Angeles.
2/5/2021 03:34:36 pm
Now that Bob Schoch’s bizarre claims of the great antiquity of the Sphynx have been debunked, whatever will he do henceforth as a talking head on AA, etc?
2/5/2021 09:16:24 pm
"Is Greece western?"
2/7/2021 11:39:01 am
"Is Greece western?"
Much can be said to this professor.
2/5/2021 07:14:38 pm
Thanks professor but, we do our own good job of denying our past. This is why people keep calling a milestone a millstone. Part of a relic church, and Roseline found by the Spanish and a terrestrial compass rose incorporating the Celestial sphere, and the star cluster we call Cygnus. More specifically the Northern Cross asterism part of the overall constellation. Then began the shift to the modern system and a different set of stars. Maps and globes sure have been dumbed down over the past 500 years. Globes no longer carry the celestial knowledge incorporated into them.
2/6/2021 10:53:32 am
No one calls a milestone a millstone.
2/6/2021 05:46:37 pm
"No one calls a milestone a millstone."
2/9/2021 06:48:16 am
2/9/2021 10:17:28 am
Blah, blah, blah. Too lazy to check out the work. How about the remnants of Vinland and relic church on a 1455 map. Right along the Cygni Roseline!
2/9/2021 03:41:47 pm
2/10/2021 08:55:26 am
You posted 3 links to back up your assertion and none of them did.
2/10/2021 10:48:39 am
If you squash a bug on an antique map Patrick Shekleton will identify it as the Newport Tower.
2/12/2021 08:47:13 pm
Just Jason Colavito's two resident ninnies. Two regular bescumbers of this blog usually arguing over the International Date Line. Come on now. I know you can do better.
2/7/2021 11:29:16 am
If these aren't 19th century forgeries why aren't there any photos of them before 1800????
2/8/2021 10:30:48 am
Probably because the Camera Obscura had a really crappy focal length.
2/8/2021 11:03:53 am
Only after 1800: because only in around 1820s, Nicéphore Niépce first managed to fix an image that was captured with a camera :-)
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