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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? 2640 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 00:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 598 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 09:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 415 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 14:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 403 cladking 11-Jan-19 14:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 479 gjb 11-Jan-19 16:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 500 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 17:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 479 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 17:22
clarification of the OCT 326 hendrik dirker 26-Jun-19 11:17
Re: clarification of the OCT 214 rulebook54 29-Jun-19 11:46
what story? 192 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 14:00
Re: clarification of the OCT 183 Spiros 29-Jun-19 15:17
stars = mountains = pyramids 201 hendrik dirker 30-Jun-19 06:53
Re: stars = mountains = pyramids 204 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 10:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 433 Lee McGiffen 15-Jan-19 11:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 534 Scott Creighton 15-Jan-19 14:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 369 Spiros 18-Jan-19 18:01
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 379 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 21:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 420 Scott Creighton 18-Jan-19 22:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 448 Martin Stower 18-Jan-19 23:30
Different dates 421 Morten 19-Jan-19 11:23
Re: Different dates 422 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 11:42
Re: Different dates 412 Morten 19-Jan-19 13:43
Re: Different dates 402 Martin Stower 19-Jan-19 17:50
Re: Different dates 337 Morten 19-Jan-19 19:12
Re: Different dates 327 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 22:39
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Re: Different dates 369 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 11:22
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Re: Different dates 408 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 12:14
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Re: Different dates 359 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:32
an evolving theory... 296 hendrik dirker 09-Jun-19 08:12
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 371 Spiros 19-Jan-19 02:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 445 R Avry Wilson 16-Jan-19 19:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 352 engbren 16-Jan-19 22:47
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 390 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 01:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 386 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 19:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 343 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 19:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 343 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 20:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 346 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 23:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 333 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 00:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 386 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 14:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 345 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 298 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 17:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 447 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 17:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 288 Warwick 20-Jan-19 18:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 297 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 19:04
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 316 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 23:55
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 370 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 19:19
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 353 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 20:45
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 342 DUNE 21-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 301 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 405 Spiros 21-Jan-19 13:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 308 DUNE 21-Jan-19 15:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 354 R Avry Wilson 22-Jan-19 05:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 314 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 353 R Avry Wilson 23-Jan-19 05:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 347 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 08:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 387 Thanos5150 23-Jan-19 16:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 344 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 10:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 355 Morten 21-Jan-19 11:31
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 396 Morten 21-Jan-19 12:24
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 366 Morten 22-Jan-19 02:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 332 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 377 Martin Stower 22-Jan-19 14:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 339 Morten 23-Jan-19 11:44
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 353 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 22:18
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 342 Morten 24-Jan-19 01:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 297 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 08:51
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 322 Morten 24-Jan-19 09:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 281 DUNE 24-Jan-19 09:54
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 306 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 12:17
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 294 Spiros 24-Jan-19 01:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 347 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 22:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 322 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 23:22
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 294 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 23:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 311 DUNE 24-Jan-19 11:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 357 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 12:46
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 370 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:34
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 322 molder 24-Jan-19 22:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 337 DUNE 21-Jan-19 13:03
Thanks Dennis N/T 300 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 287 DUNE 21-Jan-19 11:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 286 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 298 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 352 Martin Stower 23-Jan-19 17:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 322 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 17:16
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 161 Spiros 01-Jul-19 17:38
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