It's not unusual for the BBC to report on the eccentric pseudohistorical theories that British speculators propose. It is, however, unusual for them to layer so much pseudohistory into an ostensibly neutral news report.
Our story today concerns carpet-fitter Steven Tasker, 66, who thinks that he has uncovered the secret machine, mentioned in the Bible, that enabled the Egyptians to build the pyramids and the people of ancient Britain to build Stonehenge. It's an elaborate version of rollers and rockers that have been stacked atop each other. It's implausible--for example, he thinks that Egyptian jars used for eye makeup were the rollers--but he has convinced himself that it is the chariot of God described in the book of Ezekiel, with the wings of the cherubim and the calf's feet resembling his conception of the platforms and rockers used to rock heavy rocks across the landscape.
But I was dumbfounded by the illustration Tasker provided and the BBC ran uncritically:
Where do we even start?
In the center of the image we see a man dressed either like Moses or Merlin, which is weird enough, especially since Geoffrey of Monmouth had told a story about Merlin magically transporting Stonehenge.
But on the left we see a Nephilim Bible Giant, also from Geoffrey's account. In medieval legend, giants built Stonehenge, and Tasker has placed one in his Stonehenge panorama.
Just to top it off, the BBC cites Laird Scranton, an ancient astronaut theorist and software designer from Albany, NY, misrepresenting him as an Egyptologist (he is not), and letting him spin a bizarre conspiracy about Egyptians in Orkney, part of a long historical tradition born of medieval legend associating Scotland with its fictitious mythical namesake, Scota, a princess of Egypt:
Egyptologist Laird Scranton found DNA of animal and plant species on Orkney, that led him to believe a group of Egyptian priests arrived in northern Scotland and other parts of the world to establish centres of learning.
The BBC's Chris Wood simply lets this unfounded allegation pass as though grounded in fact.
All told, it was a uniquely disappointing article that let a lot of extremely strange material pass unchallenged under the cover of being a warm and fuzzy human interest piece.
7/7/2021 11:37:07 am
Last week I was passing through a dark red section of the Midwest and stopped off at a country store for some liquid refreshment. There was a group of middle-aged and elderly men sitting at a table discussing pyramids. Their consensus was that the big boys couldn't not have possibly been built with the known technology of the time. I had trouble following the conversation but it sounded like a blend of Ancient Aliens and Graham Hancock blather. I started to say something but then decided that discretion was the better part of valor.
7/10/2021 11:17:23 am
Hi Doc -
7/10/2021 11:22:45 pm
Hibbens, not Hibeens. Efing stroke.
7/11/2021 05:33:21 pm
Wow. That's all completely irrelevant to the article and to Mr. Rock's comment. And again with the poison ivy. Jeeze Louise.
7/7/2021 11:46:00 am
It’s the feelings that are important in today’s journalism. Facts, reality and science must be ignored if they might get in the way of the feelings. I weep for our future…
An Over-Educated Grunt
7/10/2021 11:04:25 am
As one of the government bureaucrats you derided as lacking critical thinking skills, I'd suggest you investigate the phrases "yellow journalism" and "penny dreadful" in connection with this post.
7/8/2021 09:37:53 am
So Black people came from Africa to teach White people in the British Isles about the basics of the seasons and farming.
7/11/2021 05:53:24 pm
Just like today, when all Americans are white.
7/11/2021 11:09:07 am
The BBC is getting disappointingly lax in its standards.
7/21/2021 03:55:25 am
And yet, the video in the article shows that the machine does, without any need for magic, work
7/11/2021 01:41:00 pm
I will gag if I read or hear another depiction of how Geoffrey has Merlin levitate, sing, magic, fly, render weightless, etc., the stones. He simply says Merlin uses his 'art' to erect mechanical engines that did what brute human strength could not.
10/30/2021 07:28:35 pm
As a Scotsman I find this claim of Egyptians came to and created Scotland offensive to both Egyptians and Scotland. I would take a lot of the Scotichronicon, especially the earlier parts with a heap of salt.
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