Premium Episode 29: The World’s Oldest Pyramid? feat Bill Farley and Steph Halmhofer (Unlocked)

A few weeks ago a paper was published in the journal Archaeological Prospection that the Gunung Padang site in Indonesia is not, as is generally believed, around 2 thousand years old. And that it is actually closer to 20,000 years old.

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This claim was first floated back in 2014 but was largely disregarded for a few reasons. This 2023 paper seems like it’s mostly trying to vindicate the earlier one and rehabilitate those claims.

Incidentally, this is also a site that Graham Hancock has leaned on heavily to support his worldwide, high-tech, lost civilization idea. Gunung Panang shows up in the very first episode of his 2022 Netflix series.

Obviously, it’s a pretty grabby claim, so unsurprisingly more than a few popular websites absolutely lapped it up.

To help us sort all this out, we’re joined by Archaeologists Dr Bill Farley and Steph Halmhofer.

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Some reading:
Natawidjaja et al. 2023 Geo-archaeological prospecting of Gunung Padang buried prehistoric pyramid in West Java, Indonesia in Archaeological Prospection
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/arp.1912

Since recording this episode, some completely warranted heat has been directed at the publishers and authors of the 2023 Natawidjaja article.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-03546-w

The paper we mentioned a few times in this episode that Steph Halmhofer co-authored with William T. D. Wadsworth and Kisha Supernant.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/arp.1915

Indonesia’s Own ‘Pyramid’: The Imagined Past and Nationalism of Gunung Padang by Dian Sulistyowati
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348911628_INDONESIA%27S_OWN_%27PYRAMID%27_THE_IMAGINED_PAST_AND_NATIONALISM_OF_GUNUNG_PADANG

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Airglow – Spliff and Wesson (CC BY 4.0)
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