A new paper on the megalithic site of Gunung Padang & when archaeology becomes a cargo-cult
Ideology trumps methodology once again. Could we even land on the moon today?
Thanks for writing this. I've seen Gunung Padang and saw nothing that indicates that the claims of being an ancient megalithic site are true. But I'm no archaeologist, nor am I a geologist. I read Danny's paper, and am very suspicious of dating technology, saw nothing there that convinced me. Your paper makes a good case. I appreciate it.
Thanks for a rational explanation of the site and the fantasies around it.
> ... in the 1980’s - 1990’s as part of a nationalist push to promote the deep past of the country.
That in itself isn't necessarily bad as one should recognize and be proud of their country's origins. But if that is stacked on top of fabricated or just plain false claims it tend of does the opposite.
An injection of scepticism seems like it should be mandatory these days 😁