Monday, October 30, 2006

Ancient American: again with the unnamed but familiar site

by Geophile
They did it before--the people with questionable agendas at Ancient American magazine have printed an article partially about what appears to be the Oley Hills site, although fortunately they don't give any location. They didn't have access to the full site so the rockpiles and walls pictured are not the well known ones which at any rate they showed before. This time it is the editor Wayne May himself visiting the site with a woman said to be of Cherokee ancestry. She does not hesitate to attribute bizarre customs to the Delawares or Lenape people whose site she says it is. The walls are apparently long burial cairns under which warriors are buried end-to-end. I'm not saying I know she's wrong, but it is a wild one.

Of course it is a relief to see any article in Ancient American attributing any stone building to any indigenous people. Elsewhere in the magazine is an article giving credit for many grand stoneworks in various parts of the world, including Peru for example, to a little known red-haired Caucasian people who travelled around building wonderful things while presumably the darker-skinned native people stood and gaped. Can you tell this magazine rubs me the wrong way?

At any rate, the article in question is not online, so take your grilling tongs or your baking mitts along to the book store in order to have a look at the magazine without risking ugly skin boils. If it's brain boils you're worried about, I understand. You can take my word for all this.


pwax said...

Kind of a flakey organization. Why let them get under your skin? Isn't it pretty harmless, like UFO's ?

Anonymous said...

UFO's are only harmless until you're abducted by aliens.

pwax said...

I am not too worried about getting abducted by ancient red-haired celtic seafarers.

Geophile said...

You're right, of course. Racism is a pet peeve of mine, as it happens. But it's also fun to write in a strident manner sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I know the area mentioned in the article. It is for sale -- I know the owner -- and I was surprised to read that her tribe (Delawares?) is interested in purchasing it.