Sunday, October 16, 2011

Letter to the Editor of "Archaeology Magazine"

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Please Note It's July 16, 2016, and I still haven't heard from Archaeology magazine about their now ten-year moratorium on Bosnian archaeology.
Jock Doubleday 
Author, "The Mysterious Anti-Scientific Agenda of Robert Schoch - Part 1: The Bosnian Pyramid Complex"

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Note I sent this letter to the editor of Archaeology magazine on January 5, 2013. To this date I have received no reply.

January 5, 2013

Claudia Valentino
Archaeology Magazine

Dear Ms. Valentino,

I am writing a 50-page article on Robert M. Schoch's work on the subjects of 1) pyramids in Bosnia and 2) the Yonaguni Monument.

If you have any thoughts on ancient pyramids in Bosnia and you would like to be quoted in my article, please send me the relevant quote by Thursday, January 10, 2013. The article will be published in January 2013.

Archaeology Magazine's nearly seven-year moratorium on Bosnian archaeology is also interesting and will be included in my article.

Whatever quote you send me concerning pyramids in Bosnia will be included in my article, verbatim and in full. If you are not able to reply, for whatever reason, I will write, "Has not replied." If you would like to decline to be quoted, please let me know.

Thank you for your time and interest.


Jock Doubleday

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Note I sent this letter to the editor of Archaeology magazine by email on August 2, 2011, with the subject line: "retraction, explanation, and apology requested for statements and omissions made by Archaeology regarding Bosnian archaeology." To this date I have received no reply.

August 2, 2011

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Long Island City, NY 11106
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To the Editor:

Will Archaeology be printing a retraction of its categorical denials of Bosnian pyramids, which were made in its April 27, 2006 online feature article, "The Bosnia-Atlantis Connection"?

In Mark Rose's 2006 article, we find the following categorical denials of pyramids in Bosnia:

1)  "Frenzied reporting of supposed pyramids in the Balkans ignores the truth and embraces the fantastic."

2)  "Construction of massive pyramids in Bosnia at that period is not believable."

3)  "His [discoverer Semir Osmanagić's] ideas of early pyramids in Bosnia, which is simply not possible, has been accepted as a major discovery. How could this happen?"

4)  "[T]he 'Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun' is no such thing."

Such categorical denials have no place in scientific publications, unless compelling evidence accompanies them.

Rose's article also includes statements completely outside the realm of the science, such as: "[T]he term "pyramidiot" has been applied to those obsessed with pyramids and who offer strange interpretations of them on websites and in books and television programs." Why is this sort of language necessary, and why has Archaeology not apologized for publishing it?

It may be noted that, in subsequent years after Archaeology's outright dismissal pyramids in Visoko, Bosnia, the discovery of the Bosnian pyramid complex and of numerous artifacts, labyrinthine tunnels, and ancient inscriptions failed to make any of your publication's Top Ten Discoveries lists in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. [ Update April 22, 2014: Top Ten Discoveries lists in 2011, 2012, and 2013. ] Perhaps a rethinking of your lists, and an honest look at extra-scientific agendas at your publication, may be in order.

When an official retraction of the categorical denial of Bosnian pyramids is made in both your paper and online publications, Archaeology will have the opportunity to regain its estimable position as a work of science and not a work promoting secret agendas or slander.

In your retraction, it may be useful for your readers if you reference your three update articles, two of which were published in June 2006 under the titles "More on Bosnian 'Pyramids,'" and "Bosnian 'Pyramids' Update," and one of which was published in July/August 2006 under the title, "Pyramid Scheme."

It may also be useful to reference, explain, and apologize for your publication's half-decade (August 2006-August 2011) boycott of Bosnian archaeology.

I have cc'd Professor Anthony Harding, Professor of Archaeology at University of Exeter, who has written on this subject as well, and I have also cc'd the complete staff of Archaeology and the majority of the staff at the Archaeological Institute of America, as it is not unthinkable that their livelihoods may depend on your publication's dedication to the scientific process, a process that includes objective reportage, an absence of premature conclusions, and -- it should go without saying -- an absence of name-calling.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Jock Doubleday



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Jock Doubleday said...

The conspiracy of ridicule against the Bosnian pyramids -- a conspiracy that spanned 2005 and 2006 -- turned into a conspiracy of silence after it became clear that Semir Osmanagich had indeed unveiled a great mystery in Europe. The conspiracy of silence continues to this day.

bpnews said...

And we are here to breack this wall of silence brick after brick :-)

Jock Doubleday said...

Wikipedia takes Archaeology Magazine's conspiracy of silence to a new level - a mass of lies:

"The term Bosnian pyramids has been used for a cluster of natural geological formations sometimes known as flatirons[1] near the Bosnian town of Visoko, northwest of Sarajevo. The hill named Visočica became the focus of international attention in October 2005 following a news-media campaign promoting the idea that they are human-made and the largest ancient pyramids on Earth.

"In analysing the site, its known history, and the excavations; geologists, archeologists, and other scientists have concluded that they are natural formations and that there are no signs of human building involved.[2][3][4] Additionally, scientists have criticised the Bosnian authorities for supporting the pyramid claim saying: "This scheme is a cruel hoax on an unsuspecting public and has no place in the world of genuine science."[5]"

Clover said...

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Jock Doubleday said...

"New LIDAR Scan of the Bosnian Pyramid Complex Proves Dr. Sam Osmanagich Right — and Proves Dr. Robert Schoch, Zahi Hawass, Archaeology Magazine, and Wikipedia Wrong"