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Michael Cremo: “Forbidden Archaeology” | Talks at Google


Michael A. Cremo
Historian of Archeology

Over the past two centuries, archaeologists have found bones, footprints, and artifacts showing that people like ourselves have existed on earth for many millions of years. But many scientists have forgotten or ignored these remarkable facts. Why? Primarily because they contradict the now dominant evolutionary views about human origins and antiquity. According to these views, humans like ourselves have existed for only about 100,000 or 200,000 years, and before that there were only more primitive human ancestors. This evolutionary paradigm, to which influential groups of scientists are deeply committed, has acted as a “knowledge filter.” And the filtering, intentional or not, has left us with a radically incomplete set of facts for building our ideas about human origins. Recovering the complete set of facts takes us on a fascinating expedition, across five continents to various archaeological sites, some long forgotten, some the center of ongoing controversy. On the other hand, the complete set of facts is consistent with the accounts of extreme human antiquity found in the Puranas, the historical writings of ancient India.

Michael A. Cremo is research associate in history of archeology. He is a member of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) since 1993. His WAC3 paper “Puranic Time and the Archaeological Record” was published in the Routledge One World Archaeology series volume Time and Archaeology (1999), edited by Tim Murray. He is also a member of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). In 2004 Cremo’s paper “The Later Discoveries of Boucher de Perthes at Moulin Quignon and Their Impact on the Moulin Quignon Jaw Controversy,” presented at the XXth International Congress for History of Science, Liege, Belgium, was published in a conference proceedings volume of this congress, by the scientific publisher Brepols.

Cremo is the principal author of the book Forbidden Archeology, a comprehensive historical survey of archaeological anomalies. In a review in British Journal for History of Science, Tim Murray said the book “provides the historian of archaeology with a useful compendium of case studies in the history and sociology of scientific knowledge, which can be used to foster debate within archaeology about how to describe the epistemology of one’s discipline.”

Cremo is particularly interested in examining the history of the archeology from the standpoint of alternative worldviews, particularly worldviews with foundations in ancient Indian thought. He has given invited lectures on his work at the Royal Institution in London, the anthropology department of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the archeology department of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, and many other scientific institutions. He has also lectured on his work at universities throughout the world.


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  1. Neanderthal may have evolved from the ape, but we did not, we are regressing as a species from a smarter being in my opinion.and because of the start of our recorded history, and the rich churches our science is being covered up what ever it may be. I do believe our species of homosapiens is older than recorded history, somewhere along the way we got alot dumber.

  2. Without Biochemical evolution, there is no Biological evolution. Please read the following:

    Charles Darwin (1809 –1882) proposed an elucidation for life’s origin that complimented his evolution theory. In a famous letter[4] to his botanist friend Joseph D. Hooker in 1871, he stated:
    “It is often said that all the conditions for the first production of a living organism are now present which could ever have been present. But If (and oh what a big if) we could conceive in some warm little pond with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, light, heat, electricity etc. present, that a protein compound was chemically formed, ready to undergo still more complex changes at the present such matter would be instantly devoured, which would not have been the case before living creatures were formed.”

    For more than one hundred years this idea of Darwin’s was accepted dogmatically as scientists were ignorant about the primordial bombardments. In recent times however, scientists have come to believe that the earth’s first billion years witnessed murderous bombardments by large projectiles.[5]-[7]Many leading scientists in the field of ‘the origin of life’ now feel that the hostile conditions of early earth warrant a total reconsideration of this preceding conviction. James Kasting, who chaired a Gordon Conference on the origin of life, and who was coauthor of one of the key papers dealing with the early bombardment, says that “The field is in ferment.” An additional apparent confirmation of the same can be found from the first two paragraphs of the article ‘Goodbye to the Warm Little Pond?’[8], published in Science magazine:

    “Ever since 1871, when Charles Darwin made his oft-quoted allusion to life’s beginnings in a “warm little pond,” scientists have tended to imagine the origin of life as being a rather tranquil affair-something like a quiet afternoon in a country kitchen, with a rich organic soup of complex carbon compounds simmering slowly in the sunlight until somehow they became living protoplasm.

    Sorry, Charles. Your Warm Little Pond was a beautiful image. It’s been enshrined in innumerable textbooks as the scientific theory of the origin of life. But to hear the planetary scientists talking these days, you were dead wrong. The Warm Little Pond never existed.”

    Consequently, numerous new speculations are attempting to provide a different explanation for the location of the origin of life on earth. There are several suggestions ranging from life beginning in deep-sea thermal vents to bacterial life arriving from other places in the universe (Panspermia). Some of these hypotheses may be more credible than others, but it is an astringent fact that scientists have no existent evidence about the possible location for the first life on earth. Science magazine also outspokenly substantiated that science has no concrete answer to the question of how and where did life on earth arise?[9]


  3. Great. Another Creationist but this time a Hindu Creationist with the added defect of Obsessive Compulsive Syndrome! He trys to fit reality to Vedic scripture. "The Bhagavata Purana says that men and women have lived on earth for a vast period of time called the Day of Brahma, which is composed of a thousand yuga cycles. Each yuga cycle lasts 12,000 "years of the gods." And since each "year" equals 360 earth years, one yuga cycle equals 4.32 million years while a thousand yuga cycles total 4.32 billion years, summing up the Day of Brahma."       He obviously doesn't understand the rigor for which observational facts are accumulatied nor the precision required for any truly scientific theory to be constructed. He ignores experiments and observations required, peer review and argument with other experts, or accurate veriviable predictions before validation of any scientific theory. He discounts the painstaking years and centuries worth of study of the geologic, palentological record. Another crank who deserves to be ostracized.

  4. Love the sound of people coming and going every single minute. Thanks Douchey Google Employees! So glad you soul-less technolgists run the Internets!

  5. You have to have some type of framework for discussing things (54 min)…" and that is the key to understanding the phenomenon of 'forbidden archeology'.

    Geology, in specific, geological dating of strata, IS a subjective science. This is a well documented fact, yet Geology is a protected science, protected because it is the cornerstone supporting the 'out of Africa' narrative.

    Using subjective science to place human antiquity within specific age periods will always create anomalies, and conflicting results. Interesting it is never 'geology' that is openly challenged when archeological findings conflict with reason, but the default argument is 'contamination', or 'evidence of extreme antiquity being suppressed', depending on bias.

    How many careers have been ruined because the accepted methods of geological dating cannot be questioned? Too many indeed. Science takes the form of a religion, all too often, and persecutes heretics with a zeal similar to the churches inquisition.

  6. I watched this video and did as much deep reading on each piece of evidence that he presents as possible. Most cases seem to very clearly be cases of forgery, hoax, or sloppy methods used in the 19th century; the mountain of evidence we find for pre-humans cannot also be ignored. I do like using ancient mythology as a clue (see Velikovsky's interpretation of Exodus,then ignore most of his conclusions, lol), and it is important to understand, but the level of bias Cremo has is just too much.

    However, the one case that stands out to me is the first, the Hueyatlaco Site, besides an accusation of hoax with no evidence – it seems to be the real thing dating to somewhere around 250k BCE. I have found one suggestion a writer named James Dixon made that humans may have migrated to the americas via the Pacific at a very early date [Quest for the Origins of the First Americans]. Having recently read a bit about the ancient people of the Pacific who settled vast stretches of islands (all the way to Hawaii [or further?]) this stood out to me.

    I believe South American sites are key in understanding very early humans, and no I do not see clear evidence of ancient aliens, but prefer clever people (who I do Not underestimate) navigating by the stars, and things like the recent geo-polymer theories as related to seemingly mysterious building techniques in the megalithic structures.

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