Topic ID #8552 - posted 9/9/2010 8:40 AM

Archaeologists Unearth Lousiest Civilization Ever



Jennifer Palmer

Webmaster
Archaeologists Unearth Lousiest Civilization Ever
'What A Bunch Of Losers,' Researchers Say
September 9, 2010 | ISSUE 46•36

MANAUS, BRAZIL— Archaeologists working in a remote section of the Amazon Rainforest announced Tuesday that they have discovered the ancient remnants of what they claimed may be the lousiest civilization in human history.

According to Dr. Ronald Farber, a professor from the University of Minnesota who is leading the excavation, the "half-assed" culture existed from about 450 B.C. until 220 B.C., when it abruptly disappeared—an event he said was "honestly no big loss" for our understanding of human culture.


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Post ID#18138 - replied 9/9/2010 11:12 AM



Apollonius

LOL!!!!!

"Anthropologist Emily Sturgess, an expert on ancient religious ceremonies, said the evidence discovered by Farber's team suggests a belief system far lamer and stupider than any she has ever come across."

Post ID#18139 - replied 9/9/2010 11:49 AM



marehart

Now, now.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 
Talk about cultural bias and a 'know it all' attitude.  Hope some of the guys on the Glen Beck thread read this!

These people could not possibly know the detail of efficiency of the culture that they espouse.

Looking at the pic of the supposed digging tool, I think the excavators have been smoking some of the local rope.  If pic is correct one, is far too delicate, ornate and beautiful.  Is shaped more like a piece of art than a spade.

I sincerely hope this story is some type of April Fool joke.

Post ID#18142 - replied 9/9/2010 12:33 PM



Apollonius

The Onion claims another victim...

Post ID#18143 - replied 9/9/2010 2:12 PM



whatamIdoing


I don't know what's funnier; the article, or Marehart not knowing what The Onion is...

Post ID#18144 - replied 9/9/2010 3:20 PM



marehart


You know, you got me on this one....didn't take time to look at source.  Was likely predisposed after the extended effort on the Glen Beck thread!

Post ID#18146 - replied 9/9/2010 7:42 PM



Khodok

The article was funny, but this thread was funnier.

Post ID#18147 - replied 9/10/2010 9:01 AM



mcleodm

Moderator

I enjoyed the article.  Havnt any of you honestly felt that way with some of the stuff we have dug up over the years?

Post ID#18150 - replied 9/10/2010 2:22 PM



whatamIdoing


I can honestly say I honestly feel that way about my current duty station...

Post ID#18158 - replied 9/11/2010 1:09 PM



Khodok

I have had that feeling on certain late 19th century sites.  Victorians...eeww!

Post ID#18159 - replied 9/11/2010 1:19 PM



whatamIdoing

Victorian sites sounds so much more interesting than 19th century mining camps; particularly can dumps.

Post ID#18161 - replied 9/12/2010 7:51 AM



Khodok

Yeah, nothing says "lousy civilization" like a mining landscape, or having to record one.  I don't mind can dumps so much, if the right people dropped them.  But middle-class Victorians--a whole world view based on being "lousy" :).

Post ID#18186 - replied 9/15/2010 10:49 AM



mcleodm

Moderator

This article is making the rounds of the Forest Srvice and archeological community in Montana, I agree some historic mining and logging camps can compete for the lousyiest civilizations

Post ID#18193 - replied 9/17/2010 1:02 AM



Jennifer Palmer

Webmaster
I chuckled reading ARCH-L this morning, as someone else was fooled by this article.  My favorite Onion deception was the time a Chinese newspaper picked up a fabricated story about Congress and ran it as real news: http://articles.sfgate.com/2002-06-08/news/17547059_1_fancy-new-capitol-onion-yu-bin

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