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Hanslune Wrote:
> A review of this old story
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It looks like every part of this story is fabricated. So where did it come from? Of the many copy-and-paste plagiarizations of the same article found online, only a few give any source, and that source is given as the World Island Review, from January 1992....

The story of the ancient Indian atomic blasts was written by an anonymous author who gave a false attribution, and provably made up quotes and the people he quoted. This is consistent with only one kind of writing: fictional.

I suspect Dunning wrote this "article" in a few hours of web surfing which unfortunately left him little the wiser. While some/most/all of the details of the 1992 article may be bogus, and this is not an endorsement of the premise at large, the idea Mohenjo Daro is radioactive and suffered a nuclear blast is much older and by no means originated with this article as Dunning erroneously believes:
Lost Cities of China, Central Asia and India, 1985. My library is in storage, but Childress lists several sources going back decades.

Quoting Dunning again:

Sadly for the legend, there is nothing remotely like this story in any archaeological publications. Archaeological information about the excavations of Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa, and other Indus Valley sites is widely available online and in print, and there is simply no such thing as radioactive skeletons or skeletons in large numbers or holding hands or sprawled in any way that the archaeologists saw reason to print.
Emphasis mine.

Mohenjo Daro and the Indus Civilization Vol-i (1931):

In the opinion of the excavator, Mr Hargreaves, the varied attitudes of the skeletons point to simultaneous death....

Seeing that seven of the above skeletons were found in public streets, and that others were lying in a ruined chamber, that none of them had their limbs composed in an orderly fashion, and that with them were none of the offerings or grave-furniture usually provided for the dead, the excavators at first concluded that the dead must be victims of some unwonted tragedy-plague, famine or sudden death, and that the corpses were left to lie where they had perished.

More of the same here but goes into greater detail about the state of the remains:Mohenjo-daro and the Indus civilization: being an official account ..., Volume 1

"Mr Hargreaves" is Harold Hargreaves one of the principal excavators of the site in the 1920's: Mohenjo Daro.

Dunning makes the claim that no archaeological publications reported remains "sprawled in any way that the archaeologists saw reason to print" yet in fact the opposite is true and was the state of the archeology at the time. To be fair, Hargreaves interpretations have not stood the test of time and many of these burials seems to belong to different eras whereas others appear to have been actual burials. So while the bodies may not represent some catastrophe after all, during the years around this discovery there is much in archaeological literature which makes the assertion that it was due to some catastrophic event which is where these later "nuclear" stories are grounded.

Regardless of whether Mohenjo Daro was the victim of a nuclear blast, Dunning is correct that this story has been uncritically repeated as fact, but by the same token Dunning doesn't even really know what he is talking about as to where the story even comes from in which his treatment of the subject ironically is also lazy and factually incorrect.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 30-Jul-17 18:14 by Thanos5150.

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Unsubstantiated claims? 1018 gulsbo 29-Jul-17 14:16
Re: Unsubstantiated claims? 371 Harte 29-Jul-17 15:24
Re: Unsubstantiated claims? 374 Hanslune 29-Jul-17 15:59
Re: Unsubstantiated claims? 309 gulsbo 29-Jul-17 21:25
vague story or stories--lazy, sloppy debunking 279 drrayeye 29-Jul-17 21:57
Re: vague story or stories--lazy, sloppy debunking 299 Thunderbird 30-Jul-17 03:29
Re: Unsubstantiated claims? 332 Thanos5150 30-Jul-17 17:22
Re: Unsubstantiated claims? 285 gulsbo 30-Jul-17 20:10
Re: Unsubstantiated claims? 253 gulsbo 01-Aug-17 17:01
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