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Friday, February 4, 2011

RPG Brainstorming: Weird Archaeology


Bosnian Pyramids anyone?


Oh yeah, those old things--they've been lying around for ages...

5 comments:

  1. Cool. I really want to go to Bosnia at some point.

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  2. It would be very cool; however as a professional archaeologist I have to mention that Osmanagić is extremely sketchy, the pyramids have been thoroughly debunked by recent archaeological and geologic investigations, and sadly, Osmanagić's excavations are endangering and/or disturbing the site of a Medieval castle on one of the hills and other actual archaeological sites.

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  3. The alleged pyramids may have been debunked...but one must be as cautious with accepting debunker's claims as those of promoters and speculators. Archaeology is very politicized. A lot of stuff that gets popularized turns out to have 'problems' or discrepencies later on, some get brushed under the rug, others get minimized by followers, and a few get exploded for outright mishandling of information or shaping results to conform to preconceived (often pre-published) pet theories.

    While it would be cool for there to be actual pyramids in Bosnia...it would be in everyone's best interests to get professionals involved, people who keep accurate records, preserve the surrounding countryside, don't screw up local castles...little things like that...

    There were sites/places like this in the US back in the Nineteenth century--locations where wild claims were made and people came by to gawk at the boxes of rocks, painted depictions of what 'might' have been there long ago...most of that stuff was debunked, but a few still are anomalous, odd-ball and weird...

    We need more weird locations...

    We demand an overall increase in global Fortean output...

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  4. We certainly need more weirdness...and I agree that archaeology is often used as a tool by one group or another to justify claims of territory, racial or cultural superiority, etc. Also I agree one should always be critical or skeptical. I'm pretty skeptical of science and certainly of archaeology which at its best has pseudo-scientific leanings.

    It seems to me that characters like Osmanagić are usually either mad (which can be interesting) or just in it for the money or media attention (more reputable versions are typically careering).

    I'd like to work toward a more surrealist archaeology. Recently I conducted excavations to find lost graves adjacent to a huge 17th-19th century cemetery that is believed to be haunted...that was a fun project.

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  5. Wow--excavating a haunted graveyard...that sounds incredible. Developing a more surrealist archaeology really, really appeals to us...we've been toying with the notion/concept in Riskail a bit, especially during the old Xembor-based camapign we ran for some friends where they uncovered a tomb that simply could not be where they found it. That was a great lot of fun. We'll have to get the write-up posted one fo these days...when there's mroe time for that sort of thing.

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