Today, I’m feeling a bit uninspired, so let’s a have a recent article roundup to take a look at what’s been making news in the world of alternative history.
Next, a computer analyst has decided that the Kensington Rune Stone and the Newport Tower are proof of a Templar-Freemason conspiracy. According to Arthur Faram, the author of the just-published La Merica, a book which takes its name from Christopher Knight’s fake Templar star, a conspiracy is afoot to “destroy” evidence of Norse colonists: “There is a group in this country that does not want the fact that the Norse were here noticed. They destroy any evidence of their presence.” That would of course be why archaeologists firebombed L’anse-aux-Meadows, the only known medieval Norse settlement in North America. Faram discovered this conspiracy after studying such “suppressed” artifacts as the Kensington Rune Stone, which has its own museum; the Newport Tower, which is in the middle of Newport, Rhode Island; and other “unexplained” objects he was able to access in person or online. He believes the Templars built the Newport Tower with “sacred geometry” pointing to Inspiration Peak in Minnesota, where the Rune Stone served as a “survey marker” for their claim to North America.
But here’s the kicker: Faram has a unique take on the fake evidence. He believes that the Rune Stone’s creators were Templars and were forced into the Mississippi Valley when the Norse invaded Minnesota, thus triggering the Mississippian collapse (which actually started a century earlier). So unlike Scott Wolter and the other Templar conspiracy theorists, Faram wants to have multiple competing groups of Europeans washing over America in waves, none of whom left behind a single trace of having actually lived here, such as houses, tools, arms and armor, etc.
Faram argues—on what evidence I can only guess—that the Portuguese discovered “La Merica,” a word he wrongly claims means “Western Star,” and ceded the entire continent to the Knights Templar in 1362, as proved by the KRS. (Neat trick, I guess, since the Portuguese folded the remnants of the Templars into one of their own knightly orders decades earlier.) Further, he argues that the infamous Henry Sinclair lived in what is now Baltimore, Maryland!
I think, though, that the author gives the game away in a quotation he wrote for a press release explaining why he was “imminently” (sic) qualified to rewrite history: “What made the book even easier to compile is that my ancestors were deeply involved in major historical events which have occurred over the past 2000 years.” What a coincidence! His ancestors just happened to be part of the widespread Portuguese-Templar conspiracy and had a controlling interest in world history! To think, my ancestors made pasta and pressed olive oil in Italy and did squarely nothing remotely world-historical. I guess I am not privileged that way. Faram claims to be a leading purveyor of background checks, which makes me very nervous.
Since this book doesn’t seem to have anything in it that isn’t derived secondhand from older and already debunked conspiracy books, I’m not feeling the urge to give it a full review.
Finally, Slate had a piece on why we’ll never find Atlantis. It’s about as good as you’d imagine a piece by someone who isn’t a specialist in ancient history would write. The author recognizes that Atlantis was not widely believed to be real prior to Columbus, but she gives far too much credence to Richard Freund’s biblical literalist idea that Atlantis was southern Spain and thus also the biblical Tarshish, thus proving the Bible is true. The author also failed to note the controversies over Freund’s activities in Spain, or the dissent from the Spanish archaeologists who worked on the site Freund adopted as his Atlantis.
"Faram claims to be a leading purveyor of background checks, which makes me very nervous."
9/19/2013 09:28:08 am
From one of the "5 star" reviews of the book: "If it isn't true, it ought to be."
9/19/2013 08:19:28 am
Love your humor, Jason. Best laugh I've had all week!
9/19/2013 08:21:39 am
According to Google Translate, for those who are interested, "western star" translates to Portuguese as "estrela d'Oeste," while "Lá Merica" means "there Merica."
It is the same Arthur Faram, of the "Faram Research Foundation" (http://www.thefaramfoundation.com/), who claims to be a specialist of "Geoglyphology" (in fact he is the only specialist of this new science!)... He produced for the Bosnian "pyramid" Foundation a "geoglyphic study of the Bosnian pyramids" that left me speechless: http://piramidasunca.ba/eng/latest-news/item/8163-a-geoglyphic-study-of-the-bosnian-pyramids.html. There's also one about Yonaguni: http://piramidasunca.ba/eng/latest-news/item/8146-yonaguni-pyramid-a-geoglyphic-study-of-the-yonaguni-monolith-japan.html
9/19/2013 09:08:13 am
Oh, my. Geoglyphology vs. archaeopetrography: Battle of the "new" sciences!
9/19/2013 09:31:41 am
Can one be a "forensic archaeogeoglyphpetrologist"?
9/19/2013 04:39:49 pm
I have never heard the term "geoglyphologist" before. It's funny how people think they make themselves sound more important if they take a few Latin sounding syllables and add "ologist" to it.
9/20/2013 10:41:51 pm
Just to point out the syllables are Greek, geo comes from gē meaning earth, glyph comes from graphē meaning writing, and logist comes from logos to mean reasoned word about, essentially if you know a little Greek it's really easy to make up job titles, and archeologist does pretty much the same thing, it's pseudo intellectual behaviour, I've got a job which sounds complex but actually is made up
9/19/2013 01:44:33 pm
Yes, Laetitia, for example, Mr. Wolter basically bills himself as a forensic archaeogeoglyphpetrologist...someone who combines the study of odd, physical (possibly historical) items, with rock messages...right?
9/19/2013 01:59:52 pm
I think we need to come up with a scientific sounding name for what Jason does.....
Rev. Phil Gotsch
9/19/2013 03:04:45 pm
How about, "Die 'Bunker'," as in, "Archie" ... ???
9/19/2013 05:12:18 pm
It's important to have some good debunk-ologists on the case, pointing out faulty logic and boneheaded citations as Jason does. But let's not make the equally wild-eyed assumption that no new and amazing info about our prehistory can come to light. Let's not make the assumption that we know everything already, in our willingness to giggle at credulous plagiarizers.
9/19/2013 11:35:51 pm
First, Gobekli Tepe is about 11,000 years old, not 18,000. Second, archaeologists are THRILLED about it. (The site was discovered in 1963 and excavated in 1994, incidentally, and has been discussed in academic and popular literature more than a decade.) That's why research continues... to find new things. But making stuff up doesn't build knowledge and in fact retards the development of knowledge.
9/20/2013 12:03:20 am
People don't seem to understand that archaeologist have no problem accepting earlier dates as long as they are supported by solid research and verifiable data that is made available for review. The problem arises when the claims for earlier dates are supported by unsubstantiated facts and dubious research methods. If the date arrived at for a dig site came from a spirit guide or secret information that the claimant can't share, it has no sway in the scientific community. Most people don't seem to understand that science has no place for the "woo" factor.
9/20/2013 10:34:18 am
Get to the Batcave and Google Monte Verde for an excellent example..Holy Paradigm Shifter!!!
9/20/2013 03:33:49 pm
If the Alien gargoyle is proof of ancient astronauts, doesn't that make HR Geiger an alien (or something) himself? I don't find that too much of a stretch.
The Other J.
9/23/2013 09:05:37 pm
I hope someone puts up a Predator gargoyle facing the Alien gargoyle.
9/21/2013 03:11:46 am
Jason says: "But making stuff up doesn't build knowledge and in fact retards the development of knowledge."
9/22/2013 03:06:52 am
Jason, you shouldn't begrudge Faram's imminent qualification to rewrite history, just be ready to welcome it when it eventually comes, just like the Great Pumpkin. Until then, though, he is fair game.
9/22/2013 04:07:10 am
found your blog etc. when running a search on fraud in discovery/history chan etc. (smile) went directly to the hu program and looked at first program and first seasons titles and i did not know that history had become the enquierer chanel.. the comments were a fun read . seems that the hu would make a good refrence section for krepke's replacement on the supernatural series it is too bad the penn and teller Bullshit series isnt still running, alas a lot of their bulshit was just bulshit. hollow earth theorists need to have their revival, it seems always a fine way to publish every generation or so an alchemical mytk and it turnd lead into gold for publishers.if joseph smith was dowsing for brains he would have better luck dowsing for the grail..
3/14/2014 05:45:04 am
When I see comments like these it always amazes me that no one chooses to submit scientific or geometric evidence to debunk a geometric science. The last time I heard mathematics is a universal science. Jason Calovito conveniently left out the geometric and physical proof that is contained in the book.
3/14/2014 06:00:22 am
You're welcome to send me a free review copy of your book, but I am not willing to pay for it based on the obvious problems with your narrative discussed above. If you'd like to send me a copy, you can contact me at my listed email address for details.
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