I started this blog for a couple of reasons: First, to defend orthodox historical research and archaeological findings, primarily pertaining to ancient civilizations of the Near East; and second, just to talk about these civilizations, for most any discussion of them is worthwhile in and of itself. We know what we do about ancient civilizations because of the concerted and devoted efforts of countless scholars—in the field, in the lab, in the classroom, in the archives and libraries.
In my opinion the study of these ancient civilizations is fascinating in and of itself. What ancient peoples achieved and the sophisticated societies they built is a testament to their innate capacity and intelligence.
This blog will mostly be focused on the ancient Near East, including Egypt, Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, Babylonia, Nubia, Hatti, and Syro-Palestine. Of these Egypt is my favorite of all ancient civilizations, so pharaonic Egypt will often be emphasized. We might very well take detours also into ancient Greece and Rome and other peoples of the Mediterranean…and who knows, perhaps even Mesoamerica on occasion.
Of concern to me is the growing popularity of questionable media which present ancient societies in a misleading and dubious format. It goes by numerous names: the fringe, pyramidiocy, alternative history, cult archaeology. I’ve taken the time to explore what these authors have written and have found their material to be almost complete rubbish. Also of growing concern is highly questionable television programming like Ancient Aliens, which comes across as polished material but is in fact alarmingly misleading and patently dishonest.
We owe our ancient ancestors a great deal more. We ought not to strip them of their achievements, regard them as too simple minded to achieve what they achieved, and ascribe their accomplishments to such things as aliens or Atlanteans.
Their achievements are their own. A proper study of our ancient ancestors reveals how brilliant they were, how profound their thought processes could be, and how sophisticated they were as the world’s earliest civilizations. Indeed, we are who we are today because we are standing on the shoulders of these ancient peoples.
The great achievements of the distant past belong to our ancient ancestors, not to ancient aliens.