Monday 30 January 2023

Rubbish In, Rubbish Out

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Ross Coulthart @rosscoulthart 29 sty
This is fascinating. How did a 5200 yo Egyptian civilisation with supposedly just flint adzes craft a vase that, as this video shows, is accurate, in one example, on two axis points, to within 1/17000th of an inch (0.001mm). That's better precision than our best industrial lathes
UnchartedX @UnchartedX1 28 sty
New video! What happens when you scan a pre-dynastic ancient Egyptian granite vase down to 1000th of an inch, and have the results analyzed by professional metrologists? The results are utterly profound. Check it out here: and please subscribe for more!
The latter is part of a series by a bloke called "Ben van Kerkwyk" (aka UnchartedX) entitled "The Updated Case for Re-Writing History! The Cosmic Hamster Wheel of Human Civilizations!" (exclamation marks in the original).

Sadly there seems no concept of scientific method here, just "looks like" speculation, with a "bitta science" to pad it out. The "evidence" on which these claims are made is based on vessels of unknown origin bought from the antiquities market So guess what? A lathe of very modern type may well have been used, no sensation in that as its most likely another modern fake. The photo shows that the object is not of "rose granite" from Egypt (Aswan), but seems to be some kind of browny-red breccia. I could nt find any vessels made f this material nline, though there are one or tw on eBay that lok familiar. The frm f e vessel is also difficult to paallel in excavated assemblages. As always, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Here, that requires the origin of that evidence to be clearly established and of watertight reliability. The "evidence" produced is nothing of the kind due to the poor provenance of the analysed sample. The appeal at the end of the video (while showing alabaster vessels) calls for more work by "open-minded independent researchers" on other vases from private collections to "confirm" these results. Listen to the end.

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