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The New Age of alternative archaeology in Australia

February 26 2008 at 8:04 PM
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While searching out articles about Rex Gilroy I found this. It delves into the alternative archaeology in Australia. How alternative views-such as Rex and others, show that these researchers do employ scientific methods, using alternative interpretations to sometimes reach opposite conclusions to main-stream science; but that this is not necessarily a bad thing, just that they go against main-stream thinking.

It is a very interesting read for those of you who are interested in this and other related subjects.Used without permission. So I will show the link below as there are copyright issues with re-producing the entire article in here.

The New Age of alternative archaeology in Australia
Peter Hiscock


A review of unconventional views of the chronology of humans in Australia reveals something of the structure and diversity of alternative archaeology. Alternative ideas on Australian prehistory are increasingly brought to the public through high volume sales of magazines and books, and there are indications that such views currently have a surprising level of popularity. Increasingly these views are being rephrased to be mystical or ‘New Age’ in nature rather than pseudo-scientific. Some of the complexity of any response by conventional archaeology is discussed.


As we approach the new millennium debates about the origin and antiquity of humans intensify. Many popular discussions concern the immediate future, ranging from disagreements about which year marks the new millennium to the magnitude of social change that will accompany the Age of Aquarius that is now dawning.

As one section of the community anticipates the emergence of a new social order centred on spiritual values, another expects the beginning of the destruction of the world. And just as the approaching millennium raises these concerns for the future, it also serves to focus interest on the chronology of humans generally, including our knowledge of humanity in the distant past. For some discussants the conceivable time depth of humanity is remarkably long, while for others the span of human existence is extremely short.

Each vision of chronology is accompanied by a different notion of the nature of human society in the past. These are old interests, long-standing myths, which have re-emerged because our calendar registers a particular number. This count-down to the end of the millennium is marked in 1996 by the 6,000 anniversary of the world according to the calculations of James Ussher and other scholars in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

This anniversary is recognised not only by conventional archaeologists but also by many people with an unconventional view of human chronology. It is the diversity of these unconventional views that is the subject of this paper.

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