One of the soldier-emperors during the mid-200s was named Pupienus. Which is pronounced “poopy-anus.” Seriously. He was possibly the son of a blacksmith, who rose through the ranks of the military until he became an aristocrat. Basically, an ancient form of New Money. Then, when the senators were looking for a replacement for a general emperor who was popular with soldiers, they picked Pupienus as the best of both worlds. He was quickly deposed, too, though.
As money continues to flow into Peru’s mining industry, according to the recent report by an international research firm some US$52 billion is destined for the sector in the coming years, social confilict will continue to rise across the country.
These conflicts will expand until the Peruvian government finally figures out a way to distribute the mineral wealth to the communities affected by the mines operations and do so in a way that does not scare away much of the investment that continues to flood into the country.
To date much of the US$50 billion is just pledged and if the mining companies do not like the direction of the conflicts or the governments response this money could just as easily flow to other countries such as Chile, Inodonesia, Colombia, or many others.
Watch the video only if you have only a passing acquaintance with science, archaeology, and/or history.
The comments I left on that ridiculous post:
To answer in one word the question posed by the title of this post: No.
To answer it in two words: Hell no.
Problem #1 in this video is his tacit endorsement of (albeit casual) archaeological looting. This is clearly what the author means by “speculative archaeology.”The glass slides he shows are modern. There are ancient equivalents, but much, much more fragmentary and made with gold and glass. None come from Dalmatia (Croatia). The other glass slides are modern reproductions of a wall painting of “Flora” from Stabiae, in southern Italy.
That hunk of metal at 1:08 and 1:14 is also clearly modern.
And as Rex Jvba points out in his comment, the coin is not authentic either.
I’m just one of many *actual* archaeologists who are really sad to see archaeology bastardized and exploited so casually as a means to fund a personal pet project.
See also RogueClassicist for a good breaking-down of this filmmaker’s “evidence” for ancient cinema.