via Archaeology Review, 28 August 2023: I had always meant to write something about Ancient Apocalypse and Gunung Padang, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of wasting my time to watch it. Archaeologist Carl Feagans wrote the article that I wish I wrote and critically examines the claims made about the archaeological site Gunung Padang, refuting pseudoscientific interpretations and highlighting its geological and cultural significance.
In spite of the real science that Natawidjaja and his colleagues did at the site, they are still wrong about most of what they concluded. This isn’t necessarily because they used bad methods (which some Indonesian archaeologists are actually saying of them), rather it’s because they probably arrived at the site with a conclusion: that this was an entirely man-made site. One that Indonesia can be proud of!
Unfortunately, the conclusion they began with clouded their ability to see anything in the results but what they wanted.