Why Should We Pay Any Attention to Him? He Can’t Even Get a Letter to the Editor Published!

This is a sort of good news, bad news story. First, the good news. I’ve had another comment published in Science. Now the bad news. I submitted it as a Letter to the Editor. I’m beginning to get the feeling that they don’t want criticism in their Letters, only value added kinds of comments. That’s not [as we used to say] my thing. Ah, well.
     It’s nothing you haven’t seen before. It’s just a succinct balloon-bursting of the dating in the Wilkins et al. paper on 500,000 year old spear points at Kathu Pan 1, South Africa. I don’t know if it’s behind a pay-wall. It’s here, if you’re interested. I’ve already written to them hoping they can clean up the glitchy quote marks around the first occurrence of ‘spring vent’ in the first paragraph.  

My ‘other’ moment in the sun.

     So, there you have it. Direct from the foremost exponent of destructive archaeological criticism.

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2 thoughts on “Why Should We Pay Any Attention to Him? He Can’t Even Get a Letter to the Editor Published!

  1. Unfortunately some archaeologists working in Africa have previous form for this kind of thing – eg the dating of the Kay Behrensmyer Tuff incident where they selected rock particles that had been moved by sedimentary activity as being 'juvenile' and thus suitable for dating.


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