I was asked to report back on the confrontation between myself, (a museum based freelance conservator) and Mr G. Hancock writer from the fringe of archaeological studies at the Hong Kong RGS- Royal Geographic Soc.
Thank you all for your help. There were lots of people wanting to ask questions so unfortunately i only got to ask 2, and that dispensation was because i was a fellow student of the past, i squeezed a third in at the book signing.
So i asked where was the rest of the material culture?
he agreed that he has a problem there.
i was expecting to be able to ask more, but my next was why is the Orion belt upside down, northern most star is southern most pyramid, and the angles are slightly wrong 45'cf 54' and Kate Spence, Egyptologist at Cambridge Uni. says they are where they are 'cos of the geology and quarrying. To these he said it is a long answer and is in his book,
So it was not really an epic clash of minds, apologies to the profession.
At the busy book signing (i did not get one -parents have a second hand copy, 2 friends did though) i asked about the wierd rocks off Japan, he in the speech, had said no archaeologist had been prepared to dive with him (i'm a grade 1 NAS holder and sports diver- i should have offered to go) but what he did not say in the speech was that a Boston Uni geology lecturer had dived with him and said it was natural. I queried him about this and he said the geologist was a poor diver and could only go down three times. Several HK geologists usually go to the RGS but i could not see any of them, as many of his oddities are geological in nature yet he blames archaeologists for dismissing them.
He does archaeologists down several times in his talk and got knowing groans from the audience.
Next week we have Gavin Menzies author of 1421 about the Chinese navies that went everywhere and 'discovered' many countries. Anything I should ask him?
(Apart from can you send a copy of your book to Hancock who is suprised by European maps showing Antartica, whereas you say it was mapped by the Ming Chinese navy)