For years - in fact, for decades - there have been persistent rumors about an "Archeology-gate," i.e., the deliberate suppression and sometimes even destruction of archaeological evidence contradicting the standard academic models of human prehistory, models inspired largely by the effect of Darwinism on the fields of anthropology, paleontology, and archaeology. And I must admit, I place some credence in some of those stories. In fact, this previous week have been blogging about such archaeological anomalies and some of their potential implications, and in particular I have been concentrating on short review of a significant little book by alternative archaeologist - perhaps one might best call him a Vedic archaeologist - Michael Cremo, a book entitled Forbidden Archeologist, consisting of a collection of his articles and essays for Atlantis Rising magazine. In the sixteenth chapter of his book, entitled "At the World Archeological Congress," Cremo recounts three documentable forms of just such suppression.
The first of these concerns the discovery of ancient human remains inside the gold mining tunnels at Table Mountain in California. The findings were reported to the world by Dr. J.D. Whitney, a government geologist in California. As Cremo notes, "these bones and artifacts were found embedded in formations that geologists now say belong to the Eocene period (38-55 million years)."(p. 78) Cremo observes that when Dr. Whitney announced his findings, the Smithsonian Institution - around which many other archaeology-gate rumors swirl - stepped into the picture to denounce Whitney. According to Cremo, William B. Holmes, a Smithsonian Institution physical anthropologist, stated "If Professor Whitney had fully appreciated the story of human evolution as it is understood today, he would have hesitated to announce the conclusions formulated, notwithstanding the imposing array of testimony with which he was confronted."(p. 78). Cremo sums it up, quipping: "In other words, if the evidence did not fit the theory, then the evidence had to be set aside, which is exactly what happened."(p. 78)
But why "set aside" such evidence? An answer perhaps is afforded by a glance at the next bit of deliberate suppression, this time in an episode that Cremo experienced personally. Contacted by NBC television, Cremo participated in a special called The Mysterious Origins of Man. As he recounts, when the special was being recorded, scientists actually tried to prevent NBC from airing the show (apparently nothing challenging the evolution-Christian intelligent design dialectic in American "schools" could be allowed on the air). When this failed, they "tried to get the Federal Communications Commission to investigate, censure, and fine NBC."(p. 78)
The final case mentioned by Cremo is the now famous case of Virgina Steen-McIntyre, who at the time was an academic geologist, and who was called in to help investigate an archaeological site at Hueyatlaco, Mexico, where ancient human tools and animals - self-evidently butchered - had been discovered. "Using four different methods(uranium series dates on butchered animal bones, zircon fission track dating on volcanic layers above the artifact layers, tephra hydration dating of volcanic crystals found in the volcanic layers above the artifact layers, and standard stratigraphic analysis)" McIntyre and her associates dated the site to 250,000 BC...which, of course, is contradictory to the then regnant evolutionary though that modern man originated some 200,000 years ago, and certainly contradictory to modern genetics studies that confirm similar approximate dates. Naturally enough, Steen-McIntyre found herself out of a teaching job, and all future positions closed to her.
While I can find one such occurrence possible to ascribe to "academic hubris" and the normal human response and desire not to "be wrong," three such occurrences, with mobilized suppression - one of which in defense of the Darwinist dogma, and one suspects the others were as well - to mere coincidence or to such innocuous causes. In short, these were clear cases of deliberate suppression of evidence contradicting the regnant scientific model within anthropology, paleontology, and archaeology.
So the question is....why? In my opinion, the answer is relatively simple: if one were to grant the great antiquity of man, then this would be to confirm certain ancient myths and epics - most notably those of India - and that would in turn raise the distinct possibilities that the technologies also described in those epics, as well as the tale of human origins they contain actually exist and happened. And that technology, as the readers of my books well know, far exceeds our own, both in its potential for good, and ill. This the powers that be cannot have, so while they look for these things covertly themselves, they must keep the rest of us distracted with oil crises, "fossil fuel" myths, and Darwinist dogmas, all handed out by "scientists" on their payrolls.