Ancient Aliens had been getting more aggressive this season in terms of positioning itself as the honest broker in a world of conspiring elites. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the show attack the British and American governments, Egyptologists, and archaeologists, accusing them all of engaging in various conspiracies and cover-ups to prevent Ancient Aliens viewers from learning the truth about aliens. This week, they take their aggressiveness a step further by devoting an episode to claims put forward by scientists that have not achieved general acceptance. These the claims that two decades ago were filed under the rubric of Cremo’s Forbidden Archaeology or the goofily names OOPARTS (out of place artifacts). Many such data points have been covered before under the mantle of the subjects they apply to, but gathered together they are essentially meant to indict modern science for rejecting the ancient astronaut theory. But on closer examination, we see that this was the week that Ancient Aliens made common cause with Biblical creationists and joined forces with religious anti-science zealots in pursuit of fruitless mysteries. As I watched segment after segment ripped from creationists books and websites, I realized someone must have recognized that aliens and Nephilim are more similar than they are different, and thus Ancient Aliens became another arrow in the quiver of creationism. The show’s subtext of taking religious mythology literally had finally become outright creationist text.
In what would become the episode’s runner, Giorgio Tsoukalos meets with art dealer Jared Collins at NYU to test an elongated skull on loan from an unidentified museum in the hope that an examination of the child’s head would reveal it to be a hybrid between humans and some sort of non-human species. Anthropologist Todd Disotell conducted a forensic examination and declared the skull “freaky.” The narrator and David Childress return to an old claim from Tsoukalos’s In Search of Aliens (repeated in seasons 7 and 8 of the mothership) that elongated skulls lack a sagittal suture, suggesting they are not human. As I have pointed out many times before, while this is an oddity it is not without precedent in human births, and the elongated skulls do not represent anything unknown to science. For example, the condition known as craniosynostosis results in premature fusion and the disappearance of the sagittal suture.
Meanwhile, the narrator (Robert Clotworthy) attacks “traditional science” for being “intolerant” of anomalous facts and accuses scientists of “prejudice.” We then go to a creationist museum in Texas to look at the so-called “London artifact,” which creation scientists (i.e. Bible-thumpers) declared to be a hammer that was millions of years old. However, the hammer is a typical nineteenth century artifact, and it appears to have been encased in rock through a recent concretion of limestone, a natural version of the limestone casing that gave the Tucson Artifacts their false rocky coating. In both cases, mainstream geologists recognized the rock as recent, while fringe geologists invented elaborate explanations for why the apparent truth was untrue.
Well, I guess it’s a good thing that I wrote an article yesterday summarizing the medieval pyramid myth, which invented the claim that the Great Pyramid dated back before the Flood, and that I reviewed Scott Creighton’s recent book on William Howard Vyse’s alleged forgery of Khufu’s cartouche in the relieving chambers of the Great Pyramid. (See my review: Part 1 and Part 2.) We get both in this segment, and the show clearly has not paid much attention to all my work on the medieval pyramid myth, which stretches back four years now. The show accuses Vyse of forging Khufu’s name, using Creighton, but worse, the show refuses to condemn the German students who vandalized the pyramid a few years ago in hopes of proving this conspiracy theory. The show then suggests that the Inventory Stela proves that Khufu did not build the pyramid or the Sphinx, and it reviews Robert Schoch’s disputed claim that the Sphinx dates back to the Ice Age—just like the medieval myth claimed. Erich von Däniken shows up to discuss the medieval pyramid myth, citing al-Maqrizi’s report of Surid’s construction of the pyramid and Surid’s identity with Enoch. While the show takes this as fact, von Däniken is wrong. Surid was never identified with Enoch; it was Hermes who was identified with Enoch and Idris. While both Surid and Hermes were claimed to have built the pyramids in Islamic pseudo-historical lore, they were not considered the same, and in fact their stories were in opposition to one another in the Arabic accounts. But von Däniken has been wrong about the pyramid myth since Chariots of the Gods (when he copied it, errors and all, from Vyse!), so it’s good that five decades later he is slowly getting slightly more accurate.
The third segment opens with a review of the discovery of the ruins of Troy, but the show repeats a false claim about the discovery of Troy, using Andrew Collins to spread a lie. Heinrich Schliemann invented a legend for himself, that Troy had been considered a myth and that he found the real place using evidence from Homer. In reality, scholars had already deduced the likely site of Troy and another man had begun excavations before Schliemann took credit for it. Other semi-legendary real cities are discussed, and this gives the show license to allege that myths contain truth so Atlantis is consequently real. The writers of the show don’t bother to pursue this line and instead move on the recent discovery that New Zealand sits atop a sunken continent. Even though it has been beneath the waters for 23 million years, according to the latest estimates, David Wilcock blasts scientists for not assuming that Zealandia was actually Atlantis, the continent that allegedly sank c. 9600 BCE, and that humans once lived on the continent, millions of years before they evolved. Mercifully, the History Channel cut Wilcock short and went to commercial seemingly slightly prematurely.
The fourth segment returns to the test of the elongated skull to check in as it is scanned in search of its sagittal suture. After the radiology suggests that no suture exists, the show says scientists refuse to accept this. Then the show attacks radiocarbon dating because a test done by Brock University on a piece of wood from Oak Island and trumpeted on creationist websites returned the anomalous result of dating an object to 3,000 years in the future. This leads the show to attack carbon dating altogether, but another sudden commercial break interrupted the flow of the argument.
The fifth segment discusses radiocarbon dating and explains that radiation can make objects appear anomalously young, or even from the future. Thus the show concludes that ancient sites are actually much older than they appear and were exposed to alien atom bombs, a claim David Childress has made for decades and which he discussed on Ancient Aliens years ago. He is still peddling false claims that the skeletons of Mohenjo Daro are radioactive and that the desert glass of Egypt, likely formed by an asteroid, was created by nuclear bombs. The show then argues that the fossil record is so spotty that we have not yet found the proof of giants and aliens, whose bones are waiting for us to dig them up.
Back at NYU, Disotell conducts a DNA study on the elongated skull and before he can give the results, we tumble into another commercial.
In the last segment, Disotell revealed the results of the test on the skull’s “maternal” DNA was a 100% match for Scottish people. He suggests that the skull is evidence of European voyages to America in the early centuries CE. Disotell agrees with Tsoukalos that it is possible that the skull is non-human and from outer space. Oddly, he also says that the skull’s DNA results were “not definitive,” and it is unclear what the data actually show or how he related the “maternal” DNA to Scotland. Tsoukalos refers to the ancient boy as “that thing” before declaring it “an extraterrestrial skull.” The narrator says that scientists are ignoring the mystery of the elongated skull in the rush to avoid dealing with hard questions. The other talking heads chime in to criticize scientists. “They’re drawing huge conclusions without really seeing all the evidence. And this is a huge problem when trying to reconstruct out ancient history,” Childress says, unaware of the irony that his own massively bizarre conclusions about Lemuria and Mu and space aliens are largely free from the taint of evidence and built on foundations of sand.
Americanegro (not only me, or am I?)
6/2/2017 11:54:19 pm
First! Excellent as always Jason! Look forward to more of my excellent comments!
5/4/2018 11:32:28 pm
How in the world do we get this stupid and irrelevant to history show from the history channel? I am not a fan of mainstream history and propaganda delivered through such channels as the history channel but I am not ready to lose my life to this unfounded l, unproven, unresearched waste of my time such as ancient aliens. Nothing makes me want to read my own selection of books and referenced books from friends and associates than watch tv when I see this moronic placate to the masses in the form of this show. It’s a shameful degradation in programming has been my observation in regards to the history channel in the last 10 years. Bummer all around.
5/12/2018 04:58:13 am
Perception. If ya don't like the show, don't watch it. If one is intelligent and knows there is more than one way to skin a cat, and the show is interesting, then watch it. If you only watch it to criticize and get attention for your closed minded negativity, then I guess that's okay too. Yet,you have given NO FACTUAL evidence to support your bigotry. What? You read some books? Then that's heresay, gossip, nothing more. All of EVERY thing is theoretical. Cool down, have some fun. Eat a jelly bean and watch something more mind numbng. Those of us with intellectual processes are still going to watch this stuff. It's great entertainment!
6/9/2018 10:09:18 am
I thoroughly enjoy Jason Colavito's remaks and comments. I absolutely enjoy his mind's immense ability to contain and dig up little known facts, and link them together to show where, how they come together to create mordern day myths. These pesudo pushers are not original thinkers. Colavito exposes the history and the reasons behind these fantasies. Sadly, all to often, the created deceptions have sinster motives. I, for one, am grateful for this man's ability to contain all this information, link the dots and present it to us. Thank you Jason!
6/3/2017 12:35:27 am
So more debunked nonsense and recycled material presented by those who don't know what they're talking about. Good thing they assume the entire audience has the attention span of a medium-sized reptile.
6/3/2017 01:58:21 pm
Throw everything against the wall and see what sticks...
6/3/2017 09:09:03 am
Disotell seems like a pretty level-headed guy (mohawk aside), so I'm assuming they edited him pretty severely to get him to say weird things.
6/3/2017 09:10:51 am
"You can't have a result that's any more than 100%" I meant to say.
6/3/2017 09:52:16 am
What they're saying is they found samples with a higher percentage of C14 than something that is currently alive would have. Sometime in the future, that ratio would go down to match the ratio in something that is currently alive. Further in the future it would decrease even further to give a death date that would still be in the future relative to the present day. It's got nothing to do with "100%".
6/3/2017 01:15:27 pm
Although 3,000 years is quite a stretch, the principle is pretty simple. Anything containing introduced C14 may appear to have what Americanegro calls "a higher percentage of C14 than something that is currently alive would have". During the era of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, in some parts of the world it was possible for that to happen by accident due to contamination (scary thought).
6/3/2017 03:08:46 pm
Since we breathe C14 every day, which is why the dating process works (except for At Risk, I can't imagine a dating process that would work for him) radioactive iodine seems like a bigger worry.
6/4/2017 05:01:33 am
Yup. Banning atmospheric tests after such a relatively short time was a remarkably smart thing to do.
6/3/2017 03:34:39 pm
That was my impression, too. Prior to this appearance, I last saw him on Expedition Unknown, where Josh Gates was trying to collect evidence for the Yeti.
6/3/2017 07:38:22 pm
To Josh's credit, he does conclude at the end of the four episode arc that the Yeti is no more than a myth.
6/3/2017 07:12:52 pm
Carbon 14 dating isn't perfect, and it does have an error rate, I believe 5%. So sometimes you get wildly inaccurate results. Which is why you want to collect multiple samples from as many areas as you can. And that assumes no contamination.
6/3/2017 07:46:32 pm
If I'm not mistaken, it can also error by giving false readings that are younger than is really the case.
6/5/2017 12:02:54 pm
Disotell is not a fringer, quite the opposite - must have been a ton of editing done.
2/10/2020 06:56:34 pm
I did not know the details of carbon dating but I did know that radioactive decay began upon the death of something that was alive. So I questioned how anything could build up above the level of something alive. Thank you for your information.
6/3/2017 09:19:06 am
Wasnt Disotell on Monster Quest years ago as the dna anaylst for bigfoot hair?
6/5/2017 02:39:24 am
He's shown up on a few of these. There was some other finding Bigfoot show (though not Finding Bigfoot) wherein it was a sort of reality show/whittle-them-out-while-trying-to-get-them-to-do-scientific-data-collection hybrid.
6/3/2017 01:30:20 pm
No wonder they can't find the treasure on Oak Island, someone from the future already dug it up,,,,,,duh !
6/3/2017 02:02:14 pm
I'm waiting for the next "expert" that comes to Oak Island to say that to Lagina brothers. It's no more idiotic than some of the other theories they've had to sit through.
6/4/2017 12:33:45 pm
The very notion of treasure on Oak Island is sheer nonsense, and the Laginas are just guilty as the show's producers in perpetrating this fraud.
6/6/2017 12:13:48 pm
Of course the first investors were in 1849, not 1795. And we don't know what's there, if anything. I'm not arguing that we do. I'm saying that whatever orthodox explanation that the archaeology being done there ends up ultimately revealing will put Oak Island into its proper context.
6/6/2017 02:03:09 pm
"Of course the first investors were in 1849, not 1795."
6/7/2017 06:53:25 am
6/7/2017 11:32:33 am
This past season of Curse of Oak Island really rankled me when Rick crossed the line into absolute deception and falsehood. The show always portrays Robert Dunfield as a past "destructive" digger on the island, and their stock image of him is in a bulldozer with a butt hanging from his lips. But he dug up the "finger drains" and found they did not extend far past the beach. The Laginas have to know this, yet there Rick was, claiming that if they found evidence of any finger drain it "proves" the flood tunnels existed. Putting aside the fact of underground waterways and pockets natural to the Windsor Formation beneath, this was just sheer fraud on the part of Rick. Each and every observation is geared to the assumption that the treasure in fact exists; yet the evidence for that remains a big fat zero.
6/7/2017 03:30:20 pm
So much for integrity. Rick Lagina is just another lying fraud. A shame, he seems so likable on a personal level.
6/7/2017 04:29:16 pm
Joltes has a video online that would present a nice framework for a televised production, but it wouldn't convince the ones out there that have become so passionate in regard to the treasure hunt. I tried to argue with a few of them some time ago on some Money Pit forum and was basically accused of being a government "disinformant". Likewise the true believers on youtube to this day disparage Joltes in the comment section for his video. There's a huge difference between being ignorant and being stupid. For the former, there's hope in learning. For the latter, not so much. Unfortunately, these sensationalized hoaxes appeal to those who are both; and they'll never let go.
6/7/2017 04:37:48 pm
Yep, when Chum Lee is the third most erudite intelligent person on the network...
6/5/2017 11:28:45 am
True, but I don't think that the Lagina brothers and their shareholders are spending millions of dollars solely for that purpose. They have always believed there was something to be found.
6/6/2017 10:46:47 am
"... but I don't think that the Lagina brothers and their shareholders are spending millions of dollars solely for that purpose. They have always believed there was something to be found."
6/3/2017 01:55:49 pm
I first read FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGY when it came out in the early 90s. I remember being surprised that certain academics actually supported some of Cremo and Thompson's arguments.
6/3/2017 02:59:42 pm
His "crazy person with style" haircut should be under siege.
As I mentioned before in other comments on this subject. These narrators of Ancient Alien are SUPPOSED to be doing what they are doing; in these or this time. The mix of Biblical themes and theories which they combine; is even confusing to them.
6/3/2017 06:02:00 pm
Not buyin' it.
6/3/2017 07:19:43 pm
6/3/2017 07:55:56 pm
Thanks for your reply.
6/6/2017 01:18:11 am
Reya Kaaz, it seems to me that you like to make a lot of meta-discussion talk about stuff and that meta-discussion stuff doesn't really mean anything.
6/4/2017 12:29:12 pm
Yes; Mr J. Colavito is the BEST! that is why I am with his website.
10/27/2018 03:56:05 pm
You too are complete idiot like the author himself
6/5/2017 05:43:08 pm
The effort to undertake DNA analysis of an elongated skull was extremely interesting. Dr. Disotell offered some provocative conclusions, but these were based on admittedly inconclusive data.
Reply to 6/6/2017 01:18:11am.
6/6/2017 12:55:25 pm
Interesting how on the radio show, Coast to Coast AM, the day Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Ancient Aliens had a new episode bashing Scientiists.
6/6/2017 12:56:41 pm
Typing error: I meant to say: Interesting how, the day Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Ancient Aliens had a new episode bashing Scientiists.
6/6/2017 05:49:25 pm
Any chance of you distilling whatever that was down to a coherent point that people can understand?
6/6/2017 09:23:56 pm
As Nancy said to Sid, "some bullshit politics."
6/7/2017 07:47:28 am
At some point, that one rotund physicist mocks his fellow scientists saying they "crave predictability".
6/11/2017 07:38:39 pm
Sorry Jason, not to take away from your Blog, which by the way I enjoyed, emencilly.
Mark from Bismarck
6/11/2017 11:27:11 pm
I don't believe they started out as frauds. I think they started out as merely hopeless romantics, chasing a dream that the Reader's Digest inspired. Marty had money to chase that dream, so they did, unfortunately without doing much research first.
mark from bismarck
6/11/2017 11:52:52 pm
What pisses me off, and the reason I can't watch that show any more, is I got tired of watching heavy equipment destroy a once-beautiful island. It's upsetting, and boring to boot. And ugly to watch. Just piles of junk, beams and pipes all over the place, not to mention the gaping holes.
6/12/2017 11:38:04 am
I already explained above one instance of pure fraud on the part of Rick, who acts like the finger drains had not already been found by modern exploration. Despite them being dug up and ruled out as flood tunnels by geologist Robert Dunfield, Rick tells us that if they simply find the finger drains, it proves the flood tunnels. This is dishonesty. This is a lie. This is fraud.
10/22/2018 02:25:15 pm
The mask of scientism (so often worn these days) slips and we see that what we have here is an overt attack on science for not delivering fantasy.
10/27/2018 03:52:26 pm
The author of this article is complete idiot
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