Where do we even begin? There are so many mysteries and unexplained phenomena in the world that it is hard to tell where to begin. I think some of these phenomena are truly mysteries but others I think are very explainable as I think we underestimate humanity’s creativity, ingenuity, and intelligence especially in terms of the past.
I tend to take the view that we were not the Neandertal throwbacks or savages that some would have us believe we were in the past. In fact, I think ancient people were highly intelligent and industrious and that they accomplished great things just as we do today in our modern society. In some respects ancient people may have been more “civilized” than we are today!
I tend to be a type of person who “gets out there” and explores, discovers, and sees for myself as opposed to sitting in a nice office somewhere. I guess you could call me a “show me” man even though I’m not from the “show me state.” When it comes to my own explorations I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve come across things (mostly artifacts and structures) that just do NOT fit what we have been told in terms of the ancients and human history. Rather than trying to force them into some category of “acceptable” theory I tend to be one who happens to believe:
“True science follows the evidence, WHEREVER it might lead.”
That’s kind of my personal motto, in fact. And true science follows the evidence wherever it might lead EVEN if it flies in the face of and contradicts what we THINK is so or was so in the past. If suddenly we discover evidence that we are all aliens from another world who have invaded planet earth then so be it! That is, as long as the evidence leads us in that direction and is not simply wishful thinking or incomplete evidence.
Anthropology and science are “provisional.” That means that everything we believe and think is subject to change as new discoveries and evidence come to light. Nothing is set in concrete especially when it comes to anthropology.
One thing I want to make clear from the onset is that I think we make a very BIG mistake when it comes to indigenous peoples and their stories. We tend to pass their stories off as “myths” and, thus, we don’t believe them. But, behind every myth is some element of truth and it is up to us to discover that truth. In fact, the stories of indigenous peoples can tell us a lot and help explain some of the things we might find “mysterious.” I grew up with indigenous people and I’ve heard many of their stories first-hand and I don’t pass them off so lightly in most cases. In fact, I’ve spent a lot of time investigating their so called “myths” and what I’ve found has been nothing short of astounding in many cases. We need to listen to these people and their stories! We need to investigate them and stop simply passing them off as fairytales! Indigenous people are NOT stupid!! In fact, in my opinion, when we pass their stories off I think it is WE who show stupidity.
You will find things that you agree or disagree with on this blog. If you disagree with me, no problem. You don’t have to agree with me! If you think I’m wrong then SHOW ME. Show me some evidence that will change my mind and opinions. Giving me something I can sink my teeth into and ponder in the long hours of the cold winter night.
So where do we begin? Perhaps we will begin with one of the most mysterious archaeological sites on the planet in my estimation known as Puma Punku. And we’ll begin there with my next post. It is a site that doesn’t make sense in a lot of ways and it is a site that shows some interesting finds. Question is who created it? Humans or aliens? I say that because a lot of people claim that Puma Punku was a site build by “ancient astronauts.” Was it? Or was it made by some advanced HUMAN species that is now extinct and that we have not yet uncovered in the paleontological record? We’ll try to find out in my next post.