As Hurricane Matthew works its way north, South Carolina is going into emergency mode. Yesterday the governor ordered evacuation of coastal areas, and Columbia has started to shut itself down. The University of South Carolina is closed today, cancelling my class and giving me some extra time to sit on the couch and do some maintenance on this site.
I've added numerous and various links to recent blog posts by Carl Feagans, Jennifer Raff, Michael Heiser, Le Site d'Irna, and links to relevant ArchyFantasies podcasts. I wasn't able to enter all of Jason Colavito's posts today (I've still got July, June, and part of May left to go), but campus is closed tomorrow and Friday as well so hopefully I'll be able to get caught up this week.
I've added the following pages:
Prompted by this new blog post by Sian Halcrow, I've added a page for the "alien skeleton" from Atacama, Chile.
I'm working to catch up on adding recent blog posts to the site. So far this morning I've been through Jason Colavito's site and ArchyFantasies, and I think I'm caught up with those two. I'll try to hit the rest of my regular sites over the next few days. Please let me know if you come across this page and know of some relevant blogs that I'm not regularly looking at.
I've added a page for Megafauna. Large extinct animals (especially mammoths and mastodons) figure into claims for giants (and the suppression of evidence for those claims, claims in the Book of Mormon, and other interesting things.
I've added a new page for Archaeoastronomy that currently has only one entry. I'm sure posts I've already listed under other topics are relevant, and I'll add those links as I come across them.
I've finally gotten around to adding a general page for Oak Island and creating a few new pages to cover the latest baloney-filled salvos about the "evidence" for an ancient Roman visit to Nova Scotia. In addition to the sword (which has now been shown to be a modern brass sword probably created to sell to tourists), we've been treated to stories about Roman crossbow bolts embedded in a 1000-year-old tree and a "symbology" stone that, when you look at it in the correct orientation, actually just says "HAROLD."
I've added a page for the image of the supposed "Babylonian cellphone" that has been making its way around the internet. According to an article in the Huffington Post, it is actually a sculpture created by German artist Karl Weingärtner in 2012.
I've added a page for the "Roman Sword" from Nova Scotia that has received a lot of attention over the last few days. J. Hutton Pulitzer is the advocate for the sword, stating that it is a "100 percent confirmed" Roman artifact found in a Roman shipwreck near Oak Island. There is surely more to come on this story, so stay tuned!
I've been doing some writing about Gigantopithecus over on my blog, so I've added a page for it here. Gigantopithecus is one of those interesting topics (like the Nephilim) that seems to be involved in several different sets of fringe claims. I'll add more references to the page as I come across them (or write them myself).
I've added a page for Barry Fell, perhaps the most famous late 20th century, pre-internet advocate for Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Contact. It's been a long time since I read America BC (and I haven't yet made an entry for it), but my memory is that Fell thought he had evidence for New World visits by just about every Old World civilization one could think of. Even accepting that everyone and his brother marched across the Eastern Woodlands at some point, however, Fell did not accept Burrows Cave as legitimate. That should tell you something about Burrows Cave.
My goal is to check through my current group of "main" sources (listed on the About page) at least once a week for new links I can add. This morning I saw that Frank Johnson at Ancient Aliens Debunked had written a new post about the Ica Stones (rocks that have carvings of dinosaurs with humans) so I added a link to that. Johnson's post contained a link to a site called the PseudoArchaeology Research Archive (PARA) that was apparently created by a psuedoarchaeology class at McGill University in 2007. I've added a general link to that site under Pseudo-archaeology, and I'll add links to the individual essays under the appropriate topics when I have some time.