Subject: Re: "America B.C." -- anything to this? From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Yuri Kuchinsky) Date: 1997/11/14 Message-ID: <email@example.com> Newsgroups: sci.archaeology,sci.anthropology,sci.lang Ross Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote on Fri, 14 Nov 1997 22:20:19 +1200: : Yuri Kuchinsky wrote: : > As for some of the valid (or valid to a certain extent) claims by Fell, : > here's an old discussion that is relevant. This goes to show that some of : > the transatlantic connections hypothesised are not quite the product of : > Fell's imagination. : No, of course they were in other people's imaginations long before Fell : came along. Whether they are real or not will, I'm sure, be argued about : happily for generations to come, but Fell has contributed nothing but : publicity. OK, Ross, so what's wrong with contributing publicity? I think we've now established one area where Fell clearly contributed something positive. He turned on a lot of people to ancient history, and even, because of this, helped in identifying many ancient artifacts and inscriptions that may have otherwise remained unknown. Is this not an accomplishment? ... : Exactly. And if I could make a suggestion to you trans-oceanic diffusion : enthusiasts -- quit wasting your time with Barry Fell. Not quite, Ross. : His decipherments, : as I have tried to show with a few Pacific examples where it's blatantly : obvious, are completely without value. They're a pencil and paper game : played by a clever man who evidently cared more about having his ego : stroked than any concept of "truth" I would recognize. You obviously have an axe to grind against Fell. You have ignored what Hu posted in this thread -- clear achievements of Fell in the area of transatlantic contacts. I can give you a whole list of positive things he's done, while you only focus on the negative. Even founding the Epigraphic Society, itself, and publishing ESOP has been a great contribution. The 20 something volumes of this publication is a veritable goldmine of the most obscure and fascinating historical information (that always needs to be taken with a grain of salt to be sure). Of course those who would prefer to take personal professional comfort, and narrow personal interests over the great challenge and hard work of investigating great puzzles of ancient history may think otherwise... Fell may have contributed relatively little in the Pacific studies, for all I know. But what about this, Ross? I've got an idea... As I remember, Fell wrote something about the Caroline Islands script. I believe this was the only indigenous script in the Pacific outside of rongorongo. I'm not sure about this... Now, you're the authority in this area, so please tell me, was that valid, or was this another figment of Fell's imagination? Yours, Yuri. =O= Yuri Kuchinsky in Toronto =O= --- my webpage is at http://www.io.org/~yuku --- Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform -=O=- Mark Twain _________________________________________________________________Click here to go one level up in the directory.