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When Science and Archaeological Conspiracy Theories Collide

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There’s no doubt that technology has changed the field of archaeology in profound ways. New tools have taken archaeologists to places they couldn’t go before and opened the door to countless new discoveries. They’ve also shed some light on some of the-err-more creative interpretations of artifacts.

Let’s just go ahead and call them what they are: Conspiracy theories, and stubborn ones at that. Because the right tools haven’t always been at explorers’ and scientists’ disposal, misconceptions are a common occurrence in the history of archaeology and range from assigning the wrong date to a certain artifact or site to believing in the existence of entire civilizations that never were. This is the realm of the search for Atlantis, the quest for the Holy Grail, and belief in ancient visits by aliens. To a sane person, many of these conspiracy theories seem simply absurd. But not all people are sane.

Thank God for technology. From simple tools like carbon dating to more sophisticated methods of excavation, good old science has done wonders for encouraging level-headed interpretations of archaeological evidence. To illustrate this point, we dug around and picked some of our favorite examples of technology and archaeological conspiracy theories. Some of them are a little zany. None of them are really true. But that’s what makes learning about them more fun.

Bimini Road

When Science and Archaeological Conspiracy Theories Collide

In the Bermuda Triangle, not far off the coast of North Bimini island in the Bahamas, there’s a bizarrely linear underwater formation. It’s made up of square stone blocks, fitted together snuggly in a straight line. If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear it was a road, built tens or even hundreds of thousands of years ago by a sophisticated civilization. The only problem is that there was no civilization in the Bahamas back then-at least not one that we know about.

This is where the Atlantis conspiracy theories come into play. For decades many believed the so-called Bimini Road represented remnants of the mythical Atlantis, a leftover structure after the rest of city-state slid to its watery grave. Some believed giant power crystals might be buried beneath, guiding UFOs to Earth and fiddling with the navigation instruments on boats and planes-the Bermuda Triangle effect.

Geologists weren’t so sure. In the years following its discovery, several scientists conducted radiocarbon dating of the Bimini Road stones. One study published in Nature used carbon-14 data to show that the stones were between 2,000 and 4,000 years old, far too young to be a part of the city that Plato first described as being some 7,000 years old back in the 4th century BC.

This in mind, geologists concluded that the “road” was a type of limestone called beachrock. The beachrock, they said, simply cracked in geometric patterns presenting the illusion of individual stones that had been meticulously joined together. It’s a unique phenomenon to be sure, but it’s hardly of mythical proportions. But with the Bermuda Triangle there and plenty of skepticism about science, plenty will continue to believe that this is, in fact, Atlantis. It’s not.

Noah’s Ark

When Science and Archaeological Conspiracy Theories Collide

You’ve probably heard of this one before! According to the Bible, this guy Noah built an ark to save all the animals (and his family) from the Great Flood. According to some religious fanatics, the ark itself is chilling out near the summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey. This seems like a pretty good guess since the Bible actually says that the ark came to rest “upon the mountains of Ararat.”

Numerous expeditions have scaled the mountain in search of the ark in the past century or so. The most recent expeditions took place in 2007 and 2008 when some evangelical Chinese and Turkish explorers claimed to have found several wooden compartments in the mountain that, they said, were remnants of the ark. The group claimed that radiocarbon dating put the wood at about 4,800 years old when Noah supposedly set sail. None of these claims, however, was confirmed by an independent third party.

In this case, the use of technology actually backfires on the conspiracy theorists. According to a professor from William Jennings Bryan College in Tennessee, the radiocarbon dating actually proves that the wood is too young since the ark would have been built from timber that grew before the flood. And on the science end of things, he said, eruptions from Mount Ararat, a volcano, would have burned up the ark a long time ago. This is all assuming that the evangelical explorers didn’t just make it all up, which they probably did. And this is only one example of science and technology debunking claims to the ark. There are more where that came from.

Oak Island

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You almost want this conspiracy theory to be true. It’s got pirates and buried treasure and rumors of Freemasonry. There’s also a bottomless hole called the Money Pit. What more could you ask for?!

To explain the backstory concisely, we go to Oak Island, just off the coast of Nova Scotia, where a teenager found a circular depression in a clearing and decided to start digging. What he found was bizarre. According to legend, he found flagstones just under the surface and then wooden beams laid across the pit every ten feet below that. Along the way there were also markings on the walls as well as layers of putty, charcoal and coconut fiber. This was very strange since coconuts do not grow in Nova Scotia.

Was it a pirate treasure? A secret Mason lair? An abandoned mine? For the next two centuries countless groups tried to excavate the pit, but every time they reached a certain depth, it would fill up with water making it impossible to keep digging. In 1971, technology stepped in. A team called the Triton Alliance sent cameras into the pit and reportedly snapped images of chests, tools, and human remains. These photos were later deemed the be inconclusive.

This is where science comes in handy. In the mid-1990s, a team from Boston conducted a scientific study on the site, and with dye tests, finally explained the mystery of the pit refilling. Whereas early explorers believed that whomever dug the hole built flood tunnels to prevent looters from getting to the bottom of the pit, the dye tests showed that it was simply the natural flow of the ocean through the limestone beneath. This added to other scientific evidence and many agreed: the pit was nothing but a sinkhole.

Hitler’s Antarctic

When Science and Archaeological Conspiracy Theories Collide

There are too many Nazi-themed conspiracy theories to count, but some are more extraordinary than others. Some are just plain ridiculous. Take the series of stories surrounding Hitler’s alleged activity in Antarctica. According to some accounts, Hitler sent a team of elite troops down to Antarctica in the late 1930s, and they soon found a series of underground tunnels and caves where they built a base the size of a small city. (Imagine Hitler’s ice fortress as the ultimate evil lair.) At some point, they also discovered technology left behind by a superior alien race: technology that they would use to win the war.

Somehow, the Nazis dug in and stayed in Antarctica after the war was won. (There are also crazy rumors that Hitler actually escaped to Antarctica rather than commit suicide, but that’s another legend for another day.) Archaeologists would have a hard time finding evidence of the base, however, because conspiracy theorists said that the Americans obliterated it with nukes. This is actually sort of the opposite of an archaeological conspiracy theory since the absence of remains is meant to be proof of what happened.

But this didn’t really happen. A German team did conduct an expedition in the late 30s, but they weren’t going down there to build a top secret city-sized base. They were exploring ways to better the German whaling industry. And they didn’t happen upon sophisticated alien technology either. Like many of conspiracy theories, that’s just crazy talk.


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What The Economist predicted for 2021 and for what purpose

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In mid-November 2020, The Economist magazine gave the world’s conspiracy theorists a new bone in the form of another forecast cover for 2021 or more. Everything, as the conspiracy theorists believe, is within the framework of the old and ancient rule of the owners of this world: they must inform the flock of their plans for the future, which, according to universal principles, removes responsibility for their actions from great leaders.

Great bosses, at least for some reason, think so.

This is what the owners of The Economist wanted to tell us. 

In the past, the people discussed each new cover of The Economist with terrible force, trying to guess the dates of the coming star, however, now there is no particular excitement. This is partly due to the fact that with the arrival of the coronavirus, the star has almost arrived, and the only thing that is still unclear is how and when its final stage will be.

We need  to note of course that all the decryptions of the past covers did not come true – although there were several very significant hits.

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Nevertheless, the picture is still discussed, since closer to the final everything is almost in plain text: a one-armed bandit with four drums, one of which stopped on the face of Mr. Biden or a person similar to him. On this basis, everyone in unison interpreted the stopped drum as a toughly resolved issue, the alternative to which was either a split in the United States or an atomic war. However, in fact, everything is there for a reason.

You don’t need to look too closely at the cover to notice

The drawing divides a diagonal shadow, which practically none of their symbols on the drum captures – it shares only a symbol with Biden, something like this: Why such a direct allusion to some kind of rebirth and who is hiding behind the mask / back of Mr. Biden is unclear.

Although, judging by the position of the drum, in any case, whoever was hiding there won. The second point, which was not noticed by any of the YouTube “deciphers of the Illuminati messages” is the rising of some luminary at the base of the machine.

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The luminary did not get into the frame, only its rays are visible, but these rays are suspiciously red. Moreover, they are red against a reddish sky. Does this mean that in 2021 we will be shown Nibiru or is it something else ascending – no one, except, of course, the Reptilians, even knows.

Finally, the virus deserves special mention, which is drawn on two reels. Why is the virus next to the vaccine in the first – it seems to be understandable, but why the virus is in the fourth?  Therefore, it will not be a coronavirus, but some other pathogen?

All other symbols presented are obvious: a vaccine, a baby in a muzzle, TikTok, a Chinese flag, Skype with a TV camera, as if hinting at remote communication. Some other graph, which everyone interprets as economic growth / inflation, but it can also be an increase in mortality. It is not very clear, however, with the American flag: is this an allusion to the division of American society, or will America really split in half?

In one of the recent current covers, The Economist has already laid out a calendar with a volcano and an asteroid, so anything can happen with a split of the continent, but the main thing that is incomprehensible here is completely different.

It is unclear: is this a global plan that can be replayed by some other player who has approached the machine, or is it such an ultimatum that is no longer subject to discussion? We will not know the answer to this question before December 2021.

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Poison, alien rays and black magic: The story of the unexplained death of conspiracy theorist Max Spiers

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The researcher was preparing to reveal information to the public about a black magic circuit, in which a number of politicians and celebrities participated. According to 31-year-old Sarah Adams, who was engaged to the unfortunate man, Spiers had spent the last months of her life researching a black magic practice circuit in which celebrities were involved.

Was he poisoned, struck by alien rays or killed by black magic – in the versions of his fans and journalists, the truth collides with the most insane theories.

The father of two children, 39-year-old Spiers died in July 2016 at his friend’s house in Warsaw, a death so strange that her circumstances were studied in Poland and the UK, albeit without much success.

The Polish police focused on the “natural causes” of his death, without even doing an autopsy, which caused the outrage of his relatives and fans. When the body of the British arrived at home, forensic experts could not even determine the cause of death. Then, in December 2016, the coroner’s inquest was launched, which is still dragging on.

It is only known for certain that the conspiracy theorist before his death was sick of blood or some kind of black liquid.

Mr Spiers fell ill, had a fever and general weakness. The next day Mr. Spiers vomited two liters of black liquid. A friend called a doctor who tried to resuscitate the patient, but later admitted the fact of his death

 from the official statement of the coroner.

Demons and super soldiers

Spiers went to the same school with actor Orlando Bloom, but he is not remembered for that. He was an unusual person even by the standards of his circle. Having spent many years searching in the X-Files style, Max has gained popularity among ufologists and conspiracy theorists as a bright orator who is not afraid of the most shocking statements. For example, he received his nickname “Super Soldier” for claiming that from birth he was part of a secret government program to create elite warriors. However, Max failed to prove this.

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What absurd claims Spiers did not make, the last days of his life are indeed shrouded in mystery. In many interviews and TV programs made in the wake of this story, several main points are repeated: he conducted a new investigation, received threats from unknown persons, tried to warn his relatives about  something before his death.

Shortly before his death, Spiers began studying the biographies of rich people: businessmen, politicians and show business stars . His mother Vanessa Bates told about this, without naming specific names. Two days before his death, he sent an extremely strange SMS, in which he actually predicted his death.

Your son is in danger. If something happens to me – investigate

SMS to Spiers’ mother

When the mother was given the late son’s computer, all of his records were deleted, she recalls. In her opinion, Max’s investigation led him to “dark places”, someone seriously wanted him dead. “He was a very tough man in his prime, and yet he just took it and died on a sofa in Poland,” Bates marveled.

The popular conspiracy theorist was killed by Satanists in order to expel demons from him, some say with reference to his girlfriend. According to her, Spiers managed to call her from Warsaw and tell her that he was there against his will. Allegedly, devil worshipers seized him and tried to “reprogram”, for which they gave him a substance that immersed him in a coma for two days.

“Max could not escape because he was kept in a house in the woods, he was surrounded by a fence under electricity. He said something “demonic” was going on, he had to get out and find a church or some other holy place. But two days later, he was dead, ” Adams quoted the Sun tabloid as saying.

There is no confirmation of this conversation, but Adams repeatedly mentioned in conversations with reporters Spiers’ investigation of a secret society of Satan fans associated with the highest circles of power and  show business .

We’ve received death threats before, but this time they looked real. They wrote to us that we would both die … He was going to expose black magic, it was associated with political leaders and celebrities

Sarah Adams

Looking for the truth

Every day there are fewer and fewer opportunities to reliably establish the cause and culprits of Spiers’ death. Many of his acquaintances and fans believe in the hand of the “world government” or a blow struck from outside our planet. Being killed by agents of the secret world government is the highest compliment, proving that you are a huge danger to them and their plans, the popular UFO blog Exopolitics writes.

Max Spiers used to say, among other things, that the masses have undergone a kind of hypnosis and live in a Matrix, with brainwashing in the media and their valid sources, etc., because they are “programmed”.

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Max Spiers’ last interview. 
Screenshot: Youtube

Other material provides a long list of UFO researchers and scientists who have allegedly died a violent death. “Death from a headshot. Death that looks like poisoning, death that looks like strangulation, death as a result of the possible implantation of a deadly virus … This only confirms the long-known fact that the life of an experienced ufologist is much shorter than usual,” says the journal Paranoia.

But there is a more prosaic explanation for Spiers’ death. The BBC channel devoted its own investigation to this story, during which it learned about his addiction to drugs. Several years ago, he accidentally suffered a pelvic injury, began taking painkillers, and soon allegedly switched to heroin. In the video, filmed shortly before his death, the conspiracy theorist is allegedly “high”, according to one episode of the project. Spiers’ mother feared for his mental health and worried that he was hanging out with the wrong people.

Could Spiers’ death be a banal heroin overdose? We wouldn’t have to guess if the Polish authorities had given an immediate answer. While it remains to wait for the end of the coroner’s inquiry – its results may give the UK the opportunity to start an international investigation.

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What do Flat Earth advocates think of chemtrails?

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One of the eternal discussions that appears from time to time on conspiracy platforms around the world is the endless debate about the shape of the Earth. Some people believe that the Earth is a sphere that dangles around the Sun, while other people believe that we live in a circus, which is flat, like any arena. 

The day before, this discussion flared up again – in particular, under the impression of one of Elon Musk’s videos, which people watched carefully:

In the video, the camera periodically turns on, looking at the engine of the last accelerating stage, the view from the lens leaves no doubt that the Earth is spherical:

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However, from time to time, something happens to the lens and the Earth looks for some reason flat, like a table:

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This phenomenon cannot be explained by the approximation function, since the size of the engine does not change and therefore it seems that the rounding of the Earth is achieved by a combined survey, during which some manipulations with the background are carried out. 

Below is the video from a NASA satellite, from which one can think that something is flying fast near the Sun and is the size of Jupiter:

Another photo with the Sun:

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This is only the catch of ufologists for a week, and so something constantly revolves near the Sun. Everyone would gladly think of shooting artifacts, but there have been a lot of artifacts lately, thus there is a suspicion that the Sun itself in SOHO frames is also an artifact, that the Earth is flat like a steppe and that we are shown in the sky a movie about The sun. 

Most of the people who are under the yoke of the education of the Secondary School, for some reason, are sure that, totally misinterpreting everything, about something, but about the shape of the Earth, the textbook is not lying, and therefore it is heresy to challenge the textbooks. However, what does Round Earth have to say bout the chemtrails that have been sprayed in the sky for decades? 

The Round Earth has nothing new to say about this. Nevertheless, if we assume that the Earth is covered with a kind of dome, then what will happen to the substances sprayed from aircraft in 10 years or more? From the Round Earth, these wonderful chemicals will escape into space, but on Flat Earth, all this chemistry will remain under the dome, as a result of which the owners of the circus will have the opportunity to turn on the “Project Blue Beam”, during which “the sky will roll into a scroll” or something like this. 

Naturally, “Blue Beam” can be turned on without a dome – for example, by organizing a broadcast from satellites. But it will take a year at most to prepare such a performance, since all the chemistry that can be used for the screen evaporates very quickly – no aerosols can fly in the atmosphere for decades. Meanwhile, chemtrails have been around for many, many years. That is, one gets the impression that something keeps this chemistry from above and makes it possible to build a screen for slides for years, forming a matrix layer by layer. 

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But what’s the point in all this? – convinced supporters of the round Earth will ask us. The sense in this is that if there really is a dome above the Earth, then the screen can be made denser – with a good resolution, like on an advanced monitor. On such a screen, it is possible to show such tricks that the fake cannot be recognized even through a telescope.

Therefore, if the Earth is flat and covered with a dome, the “Blue Beam” may not be limited to alien ships hovering over cities, but even turn into a journey to other star systems through a wormhole, after which we will have a completely new sky overhead, but all these are just theories and one day, we may know.

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