Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology
Perspective is just about everything when it comes to archaeology. What you believe or do not accept greatly influences the many different discoveries that are dug up.
For example, the late Eilat Mazar had a different view of the walls and structures she uncovered in Jerusalem than Israel Finkelstein has. The former believed them to be built by or part of the royal palaces of David and Soloman.
The latter did not accept that conclusion and down-dated those structures a few centuries. Of course, that down dating was in line with the chronology Dr. Finkelstein has been promoting for years.
This is just one example of how perspective can alter the facts and change the message the discoveries are sending. It is perspective that has the people at Bad Archaeology bad-mouthing those who hold a different viewpoint than they do.
Lost civilizations are just one area where we would disagree with them. In this article, we will go through a few quotes from their web pages on lost civilizations.
Some Bad Archaeologists believe that there are missing elements of our shared history: achievements that have been overlooked or suppressed, links between times and places that have not hitherto been noticed, whole civilisations that are unknown to conventional history.
First, we would not call them bad archaeologists, unless they are promoting some unrealistic and far-fetched theory like aliens did it all. Aliens did not do it and they do not exist.
But that does not make the above statement true. The people investigating the past and who uncover different pieces of evidence are not generally bad archaeologists.
They are doing the same type of work and going with the evidence instead of dismissing it like the owners of that website do. In our own research, we have found credible evidence for lost societies and a pre-flood civilization.
Not only did we publish that evidence in our Mysterious series, but we also placed it in our book, Noah’s Flood Did take place. That does not make us bad archaeologists, but good ones who do not accept the status quo or the opinion of those who do not believe the Bible and do not have the truth.
Just one look at the different pieces of evidence tells you that there are missing elements and so on. There are still missing civilizations as no one knows the people who came before the Sumerians did.
These people, according to Wikipedia, are called the Ubaidians but since no one, including archaeology, can see into the past, we cannot say if they were the nation that was divided at Babel or art of the pre-flood civilization.
We know there are missing elements, missing achievements, and so on. Just because the owners of Bad Archaeology cannot accept this truth, does it make them right and everyone else wrong.
There have always been those whose view of the past differs from that of mainstream scholars, whose alternative histories have been produced within the academic tradition, even if these scholars are seen as eccentrics or mavericks…Many of them share the arrogant assumption that they are trailblazers who have uncovered “The Truth about…”, whose work is destined to be ignored by the majority, usually because of the alleged jealousy of mainstream scholars. Generally the reason why mainstream scholars ignore their work is much more simple: despite what many people believe, academics do not have the time to read rubbish!
Yes, there are such people and sometimes they are correct, and sometimes they are off in left field. But even wingnuts stumble across valid information and discoveries which is why it is important to filter out the bad data in their works and examine the good.
Often, it is those ‘bad archaeologists’ that the owners of that website dismiss so arrogantly that get to excavate sites the ‘good archaeologists’ cannot get to. Rather than leave the information in the ground, let them dig it up so the world can get a better picture of the past.
One example of this is Dr. Rohl and others who have spotted errors in the accepted Egyptian chronology. In reading their works, etc., they have legitimate arguments which should not be dismissed.
While some are trailblazers, they should not label themselves and focus on finding the evidence they need. What really bothers us in that quote is the arrogant attitude those owners and other mainstream archaeologists hold against these people and their theories.
They, not the ‘trailblazers’, are the arrogant ones and that attitude is seen in the use of the word, rubbish. Those ideas are only rubbish because the perspective of the owners of Bad Archaeology closes their minds to alternative data that may prove them wrong.
Outright dismissal of opposing theories is bad archaeology, not the pursuit of the truth. Those owners also forget that academics do not hold the truth nor have any special information that makes them superior or the authority on any matter in this world.
‘Lost’ continents and islands – land masses that no longer exist, having sunk beneath the surface of the sea – have long been discussed in literature. As fictional places, they can be settings for paradise or for hell; as hypotheses for the origins of known human cultures, they have the advantage of no longer being available for inspection and so can be populated by all manner of people with any variety of culture that takes the writer’s fancy.
We would like to agree in part with the content of this quote but that would be as far as it goes. Fictional lost land masses are great settings to help people get a little relief from the real world. The problem comes in when they start thinking those land masses were once real places.
When they start spending lots of resources trying to identify where those fictional places could be, then it becomes a bigger problem. Atlantis comes to mind as a prime example of this. There was no Atlantis and the people who read Plato misunderstood his words.
However, that is about as far as we are willing to go when it comes to agreeing with the content of that quote. We already know and have published in the two aforementioned places legitimate evidence showing that a lost civilization did exist.
That evidence comes from both secular and Christian sources. It cannot be denied and the owners of Bad Archaeology would be the arrogant ones if they dismiss it.
Again, they have no special information or insight proving they are right or have the authority to make such judgments. It is their perspective that helps blind their eyes to reality and their own position in life.
Among Hancock’s many complaints about orthodox Egyptologists and archaeologists is that they have consistently underestimated the scientific knowledge of ancient societies.
We disagree with their assessment of Mr. Hancock. While we disagree with his dating and some of his theories, we do give him credit for finding and bringing to the public’s attention the many hidden or lost pieces of evidence found throughout the world.
We have read several of his books and done our own investigation on those mysterious structures. The people at Bad Archaeology have no business bad-mouthing his fine research.
They are not going out and investigating these finds. They just sit back and point a finger and criticize, a very easy thing to do. We also give Mr. Hancock credit in our Noah’s Flood book because if it wasn’t for his writing The Fingerprints of the Gods we may not have become interested in those mysterious structures.
We find his research to be good but his dating and theories are a little bit off the mark. He is not a ‘bad archaeologist’ but someone who is asking the right questions and challenging the status quo.
We know that there was a lost land mass and the evidence uncovered by Mr. Hancock and other researchers have proven the Bible true when it comes to Noah’s flood being an actual historical event.
But the people of Bad Archaeology probably do not want to think about that account being true for then they would have to make changes to their thinking and their work. Most scholars, academics, and archaeologists, as well as other scientists, refuse to do that.
They do not want to admit they are wrong and their reason for this attitude is they think it will damage their reputation and standing. Admitting they are wrong would probably enhance their reputation except among their fellow unbelieving scientists.
A perspective they are unwilling to give up even for God.
In the meantime, here is a blog post outlining why Graham Hancock has failed to impress mainstream archaeologists.
Maybe so, but the goal is not to impress academics. The goal is to get to the truth, which neither Mr. Hancock nor the people of Bad Archaeology know much about.
The truth is that the majority of sunken sites, villages, and mysterious structures all point to Noah’s flood being real and that there was a pre-flood civilization that was destroyed for their sins.
The people of Bad Archaeology think they do not sin and there is no such thing as sin. This is why they feel they can stand in judgment of other people’s archaeological work.
How the people of Bad Archaeology and other secular sites view us doesn’t matter. They do not have a plan of salvation, keys to eternal life, or even any power to heal the sick. Their perspective does not matter because they are lost and deceived.
The only person that matters is God. he has a plan of salvation, the power to heal the sick, and the keys to eternal life. We are to please him not the people at Bad Archaeology.
© 2021 David Thiessen