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Synopsis (from the dust jacket of the first edition, revised 1996):
Over the past two centuries, researchers have found bones and artifacts showing that people like ourselves existed on earth millions of years ago. But the scientific establishment has suppressed, ignored, or forgotten these remarkable facts. Why? Because they contradict dominant views of human origins and antiquity.
Evolutionary prejudices, deeply held by powerful groups of scientists, have acted as what Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson call a "knowledge filter." And the filtering, intentional or not, has left us with a radically incomplete set of facts for building our ideas about human origins.
According to Cremo and Thompson, we have come to accept a picture of prehistory that is largely incorrect. Forbidden Archeology is a call for a change in today's arbitrarily rigid mindset.
Deploying an unexpectedly great number of convincing facts, deeply illuminated by critical analysis, Cremo and Thompson challenge us to rethink our understanding of human origins, identity, and destiny.
The coauthors of Forbidden Archeology also played a central role in the NBC television special, Mysterious Origins of Man, which aired February 1996, and then again the folowing June. Charlton Heston hosted the documentary produced by Bill Cote Video. The production received severe criticism from both advocates for contemporary scientific analyses, as well as fundamental creationists such as Ken Ham ("Hollywood 'Moses' Undermines Genesis," Answers in Genesis, Feb. 1996, p. 5), for among other concerns, promoting nontraditional perspectives. The images of the coauthors posted below are taken from the film.