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No. That is anything but what is claimed it is. This is a rather large scale scam now often titled "Turkish Golden Leather Brownies" or some variation thereof. And completely fake. The word ancient may be ambiguous, to a certain extent, but this was produced in very recent years. And all are in on this by now: the forgers, the 'sellers', the police ...


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Probably not. There are two factors here: Did the Mayans actually base their city locations on their civilization's constellations? Given A, is the structure discovered actually a city? The answer to both is probably "No". This article has multiple updates that feature expert commentary on both issues. On the constellation issue, from Ivan Šprajc from ...


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Is it true that there are no textual deviations between the dead sea scrolls and the old testament? No. Most people claiming that there are no differences seem to cherry-pick the texts that they compare. And there are indeed texts which contain only few significant deviations, for example Isaiah. Although even they do contain some differences, such as ...


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The use of Carbon-14 for dating is not completely precise. In general, 500 years is the minimum and 50,000 years is the maximum due to the need to calibrate for background C-14 levels, and to have sufficient breakdown to establish the half-life proportions but not so much that the sample is too small to measure. That said, they're using Carbon-14 dating on ...


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It's wrong to say there is literally no difference. The oldest relatively complete copies of the Old Testament are in Greek, so there is no direct comparison. These are the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrinus. The oldest complete version in Hebrew was the Aleppo Codex. During the pogrom in 1947 the Aleppo Codex was lost and feared destroyed. The book ...


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I'll try to summarize why the evidence, in this case and other similar ones, is considered not conclusive. The scientific community agrees on America being populated as late as 13-17k years ago, and as early as 40k: The time range of 40,000–16,500 years ago is a hot topic of debate and probably will remain so for years to come. The few agreements ...


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I have been unable to find any corroborating source concerning the planks glued together (even the Wyatt Museum website says nothing of this); at this time it appears to have originated with this article. I have sent an email requesting references, and will provide an update later. What I do know: The Witnesses Dr. Brandenburger Ohio State University's ...


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Carbon dating has been extensively cross-referenced by tree-ring dating (dendrochronology). Carbon dates that are corrected by tree-ring dating are called calibrated. Tree-ring dating relies on the fact that trees have annual growth spurts and dormant period. As a result, each year the tree grows a new set of light and dark layers. These rings are easiest ...


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All the references I could find on the web post-date and either copy from or reference the original Epoch Times article in the link. I would guess that the original source of the information is one of the books written by Dr. Johannes Fiebag, mentioned in The Epoch Times article, trained as a geologist, but a writer of popular science books focused on ...


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I would like to add something to current answers: From this article (French): In brief: He based his observations on Europeans' constellations, not Mayans'. Constellations are cultural constructions, Europeans' constellations are inherited from ancient Greece. His results now obviously does not make sense. None of the "experts" quoted by Le journal de ...


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There seems to be some research on these claims here, which places the original source of the myth here as appearing on the internet ~2000. Note there is yet no mention of atomic skeletons. You can find an analysis of the skeletons in question here, with pictures - which total about 37, from different time periods. Lots of them where buried. Still there is ...


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Known history Because the range of times which can be measured by radiocarbon dating overlap with known history, it can be cross-checked with known history established by other means. The original 1949 paper Age determinations by radiocarbon content: checks with samples of known age by J. R. Arnold and W. F. Libby measures the carbon-14 content of wood and ...


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There's never been any radioactive skeleton in Mohenjo-Daro. It's a tale from the 60's. I explain it clearly in my article. Conclusion: The myth of radioactive skeletons found in Mohenjo Daro is not based on any valid evidence: There are not many but only one skeleton. This skeleton is Egyptian and not Indian. Its radioactivity is absolutely normal.


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The discovery is detailed in Hiding in Plain Sight: The Discovery of a New Monumental Structure at Petra, Jordan, Using WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 Satellite Imagery Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research No. 375 (May 2016), pp. 35-51 (alternative official link) "Building" is not the best word, but yes, ruins of buildings have been discover. ...


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"The Ethnological and Historical Enigma-The Malanese People of Kulu Valley." The Oriental Anthropologist (2016) vol. 16 : It has been emphasized before that though the Greek origin theory of Malanis mentioned above caters only to popular appeal, with a few words of 'Kanashi', physical features of the people and the bicameral political structure present in ...


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A "live human" would by definition have an age of 0 on the carbon dating scale, since the carbon in the live human is in active exchange with the environment, and hence the C14:C12 ratio would be identical to the baseline. Carbon dating scales measure the changes in this ratio after death of the organism. This will be true even if humans somehow are ...


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During the Ptolemaic Period [305 BC–30 BC], there was Greek rulership over the land of Egypt. The Greeks were familiar with icosahedra. They were described by Plato, a 5th century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician, as one of the Platonic Solids. The earliest icosahedra dice found in Egypt had Greek inscriptions. For example: This die, now in The Met ...


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Adding to what @LangLangC said, the text makes absolutely no sense: Here is a transcription of the text in the following picture: ההאלאלה כמחההאלטלעאב הההאא תהאהא מחהטלעא סמבוא אדלעףא בתםההש בתשההש במההלאהאבבהה משההאלש This is clearly not a cypher of some sort, because the letter frequencies do not match the letter frequency of Hebrew. The most common ...


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This is not true. Most of Palenque has been thoroughly surveyed, mapped and documented. While not all areas have been excavated, there has been extensive analysis of the settlement. Exploration Palenque is considered a medium-sized site. It was surveyed and mapped in 2000 through a project called the Palenque Mapping Project (PMP): Completed in August ...


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Evidence: The Sphinx is a natural rock formation in the Bucegi Natural Park located at an altitude of 2,216 metres (7,270 ft) which is in the Bucegi Mountains of Romania. It is also true that the area contains a variety of caves and caverns. Claim explanation: The claim of Holographic library (Holographic control panels) of the Earth's past history under ...


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The Moai, better known as the Easter Island Statues, were carved sometime between 1250 and 1500 CE. This is after the colonization of the Island by the Rapa Nui people, which occurred sometime between 300 and 1200 CE. The Rapa Nui are the aboriginal Polynesian inhabitants of Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. The easternmost Polynesian culture, the ...


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Before addressing the title of the question, I will first address the premise of the question: Creationists make the claim that a global flood has messed up the precision of radiocarbon dating and hence, it cannot be relied upon. But if it is consistently cross-referenced by other methods, then the claim doesn't quite work. If those same creationists claim ...


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Probably Not Ancient text and manuscripts were almost exclusively made from either Vellum or Parchment or Papyrus. It is only during the late 14th century that the paper that replaced these things got spread from China through the Arabic world to Europe. This looks like a type of engraved leather, this is not what ancient manuscripts were written on. Example ...


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Adding to Articuno's answer, the reason no remains of the type have been found is because adult hominids taller than (about) 9 feet simply can't exist. It's about physics: If you double the height of any being, its surface area quadruples, and its volume triples. While lengths scale linearly (x), areas scale quadratically (x^2) and volumes scale cubically (...


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An unmanned aerial vehicle is an aerial vehicle, so... the Kongming lantern is famously attributed to Zhuge Liang (courtesy name Kongming), from the second century AD, who used it to send a signal to military allies. Wikipedia's article cites a historian, sans citation, claiming much earlier usage. I'll leave it to a more motivated reader to find a ...


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