Mike Brass writes:
> Cremo would twist and turn this publication with his followers and others
> who are sympathetic - "mainstream archaeology is slowly beginning to
> accept my ideas, we are making headway..."
So, what's the problem? Whether or not BAR publish this, he could surely
make the claim anyway. Are you not being a little too defensive here?
In the same way any attempt at a discussion with his ideas (such as your own
book) could be used to show that "my ideas are being taken seriously and
discussed by the archaeological establishment". Does that mean we should
ignore the problem entirely in case apparent interest is "used against us"?
I think not.
In reply to my point about Cremo's claiming "respectability" by his ability
to point out the invitations to speak at various universities for example,
> At various universities organised by their Hindu societies, not by the
> archaeology depts.
well, I do not personally think it is important whether those in
inviting him are Hindu, Moslem, Buddhist, Christians, atheists or whatever;
the point is he was invited and can honestly say he spoke there. Whether or
not any archaeologists (of any faith) from those same universities went
along to his talks to listen or polemise is a matter for them to decide.
And of course we are perhaps forgetting that if - as Mike suggests - Cremo
can "twist and turn this publication" to his advantage, it would not be so
difficult to "twist and turn" the refusal to publish his views to the same
advantage (by claiming that the archaeologists wanted to prevent the
publication of evidence which allegedly compromised their views). Surely
full and free debate in the full view of those who want to find out more is
the best way forward and not attempts to suppress without this discussion
that with which we do not agree?
Can somebody tell us who the editor/editors of this volume actually is/are,
maybe somebody on the list could solicit a comment from them?