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The practice of turning a criticism of a hypothesis into a negation seems to be a favourite with self-styled ‘experts’.

There seems to be a failure to consider that we’re dealing with people, and that people sometimes do strange things - they also make mistakes. Clearly, when such occurs, it might be difficult to prove certain hypotheses.

The stand is that if people in the past failed to do what such ‘experts’ expect them to have done then they couldn’t have done what they actually did! Unfortunately, this stand is taken not only by archaeologists and other academics but also by some people on this forum.

Admittedly, the criticism here makes the OCT hypothesis appear to be strange, but people do stranger things than that (in the view of others / outsiders).

The physical context falls within the purview of 'hard' science, the intellectual context lies in the purview of 'soft' science. People may not like it, but that's the way it is.

The hard science approach to OCT might be that it's wrong (because it's the wrong way up), the soft science approach is likely to be, 'why might this have been done?' or 'what might be the consequences of this having happened?' Archaeologists pick and choose when they wish to adopt one approach or the other.

This may reflect where archaeology sits within most universities: it's often in the humanities, but it relies much on hard science, though its interpretation is frequently drawn from soft science. Some institutions have history overlapping the social sciences (it's taught in both), but there would probably be a stronger case for archaeology to be so positioned.

Perhaps archaeo-astronomy might also benefit from this!

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O C T allegation. . . clarification? 3141 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 00:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 822 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 09:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 593 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 14:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 594 cladking 11-Jan-19 14:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 655 gjb 11-Jan-19 16:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 773 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 17:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 658 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 17:22
clarification of the OCT 505 hendrik dirker 26-Jun-19 11:17
Re: clarification of the OCT 377 rulebook54 29-Jun-19 11:46
what story? 331 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 14:00
Re: clarification of the OCT 321 Spiros 29-Jun-19 15:17
stars = mountains = pyramids 375 hendrik dirker 30-Jun-19 06:53
Re: stars = mountains = pyramids 347 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 10:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 586 Lee McGiffen 15-Jan-19 11:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 741 Scott Creighton 15-Jan-19 14:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 551 Spiros 18-Jan-19 18:01
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 544 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 21:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 574 Scott Creighton 18-Jan-19 22:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 642 Martin Stower 18-Jan-19 23:30
Different dates 561 Morten 19-Jan-19 11:23
Re: Different dates 577 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 11:42
Re: Different dates 560 Morten 19-Jan-19 13:43
Re: Different dates 561 Martin Stower 19-Jan-19 17:50
Re: Different dates 551 Morten 19-Jan-19 19:12
Re: Different dates 476 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 22:39
Re: Different dates 526 Morten 19-Jan-19 23:08
Re: Different dates 525 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 11:22
Re: Different dates 635 Morten 20-Jan-19 11:48
Re: Different dates 561 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 12:14
Re: Different dates 488 Morten 20-Jan-19 14:09
Re: Different dates 520 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:32
an evolving theory... 455 hendrik dirker 09-Jun-19 08:12
evolving... 407 hendrik dirker 22-Jun-19 10:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 519 Spiros 19-Jan-19 02:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 591 R Avry Wilson 16-Jan-19 19:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 503 engbren 16-Jan-19 22:47
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 542 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 01:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 544 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 19:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 516 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 19:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 493 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 20:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 491 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 23:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 478 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 00:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 590 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 14:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 537 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 451 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 17:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 605 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 17:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 467 Warwick 20-Jan-19 18:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 451 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 19:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 494 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:32
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 464 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 23:55
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 521 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 19:19
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 459 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:27
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 474 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 20:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 494 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 20:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 476 R Avry Wilson 21-Jan-19 07:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 491 DUNE 21-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 453 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 560 Spiros 21-Jan-19 13:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 459 DUNE 21-Jan-19 15:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 515 R Avry Wilson 22-Jan-19 05:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 460 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 507 R Avry Wilson 23-Jan-19 05:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 504 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 08:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 549 Thanos5150 23-Jan-19 16:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 489 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 10:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 518 Morten 21-Jan-19 11:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 502 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:49
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 558 Morten 21-Jan-19 12:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 548 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:56
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 531 Morten 22-Jan-19 02:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 487 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 539 Martin Stower 22-Jan-19 14:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 499 Morten 23-Jan-19 11:44
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 586 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 22:18
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 507 Morten 24-Jan-19 01:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 449 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 08:51
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 477 Morten 24-Jan-19 09:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 429 DUNE 24-Jan-19 09:54
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 513 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 12:17
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 492 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 01:02
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 442 Spiros 24-Jan-19 01:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 583 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 22:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 472 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 23:22
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 443 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 23:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 462 DUNE 24-Jan-19 11:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 517 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 12:46
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 494 DUNE 24-Jan-19 13:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 669 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 14:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 488 DUNE 24-Jan-19 14:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 522 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:34
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 578 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:47
Centre (+ addendum) 500 hendrik dirker 11-Jun-19 03:32
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 467 molder 24-Jan-19 22:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 485 DUNE 21-Jan-19 13:03
Thanks Dennis N/T 437 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 446 DUNE 21-Jan-19 11:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 441 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 459 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 507 Martin Stower 23-Jan-19 17:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 476 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 17:16
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 535 Warwick 21-Jan-19 17:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 479 Martin Stower 21-Jan-19 21:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 599 Warwick 21-Jan-19 22:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 530 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 22:57
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 477 Spiros 26-Jan-19 16:48
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 508 Scott Creighton 26-Jan-19 17:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 483 Spiros 26-Jan-19 20:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 475 xRay 26-Jan-19 23:49
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 452 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 12:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 454 xRay 27-Jan-19 13:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 479 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 13:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 449 Spiros 27-Jan-19 15:50
what if.. 437 Spiros 26-Jan-19 19:11
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Re: what if.. 527 Sirfiroth 27-Jan-19 21:28
From I to IV dynasty 520 Spiros 26-Jan-19 22:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 349 Spiros 30-Jun-19 18:31
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 306 Sirfiroth 01-Jul-19 04:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 449 Spiros 01-Jul-19 12:26
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 302 Sirfiroth 01-Jul-19 15:56
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 309 Spiros 01-Jul-19 16:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 300 Warwick 01-Jul-19 16:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 323 Sirfiroth 02-Jul-19 12:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 318 Spiros 02-Jul-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 354 Sirfiroth 02-Jul-19 23:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 328 Spiros 01-Jul-19 17:38
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 379 Warwick 01-Jul-19 17:45
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