I am currently reading Graham Hancock’s latest book (see reference below). His interest in this one is in extending back further in time the human settlement of the Americas way beyond what all (not that that implies any limiting authority) but a few experts would currently agree to as being acceptable (as far as I can see, to about 130,000 years before present). I, myself, being a devotee of the work of Zecharia Sitchin – whose work, incidentally, Hancock largely dismisses – would be entirely open to such a suggestion, since such is also supported by Sitchin’s work – the Mesopotamian region not being by any means the only place where the ‘ancient gods’ operated.
I love how Hancock dismisses archaeology as being more of a guessing game than it is an actual science, filling in missing puzzle pieces from the picture it attempts to portray with ‘theories’ – that time and again eventually prove to be incorrect. In this quote from the book I have omitted the name of a professor with whom Hancock was corresponding, so that I don’t have to provide any of the backstory here – although some of it is given in the quoted passage.
“Quite possibly Professor ‘X’ is not aware—why should he be?—of how little like a science archaeology really is and how often the mainstream archaeological consensus has proved, after suppressing dissenting opinions for decades, to have been fundamentally wrong all along. Recent examples include the hasty and forced addition of more than 5,000 years to the previously accepted chronology for the earliest megalithic sites after the discovery of 11,600-year-old Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, the collapse of “Clovis First,” and the comprehensive debunking of the long-held belief that the Neanderthals were incapable of art. Clearly, the mainstream archaeological consensus is not always right in what it agrees upon and it may well turn out that it is not right on the matter of grand oceanic voyages during the Ice Age. Indeed, rather than being ruled out on the basis of a priori assumptions, perhaps that strange Australo-Melanesian genetic signal in the Amazon is part of the proof that such voyages must indeed have occurred.”
Hancock, Graham. America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization: A new investigation into the mysteries of the human past by the bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods . Hodder & Stoughton. Kindle Edition.
I am only 20% through the book at this time so I have little idea where the author is going with this, but his books are always very interesting, well referenced and well written. Very little of what Hancock claims and offers in support of his arguments is not backed up by current and referenced scientific work by others, though often this is at the leading edge and therefore fringes of scientific advancement. I view him as a kind of mixture of an adventuring Indiana Jones and a Sherlock Holmes. He is also a good story teller.