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EXCAVATING THE ‘40s

by CPASO 2006

Last week, we covered Barry Fell and his writings on Polynesian rock engravings. This week, we´re travelling to Mexico to unravel what hides under the collapsed Pico del Miedo volcano, from the only person who was there. We are visiting Harchier Spebbington, 95. Retired archaeologist.


CPASO: Good evening, Mister Spebbington.
HS: Good evening.

CPASO: You caused quite a stir in 1940. Tell me, what was it all about?
HS: The stir, or the 40s?

CPASO: Well, you can tell me about the former and we´ll deal with the latter as we go. How´s that?
HS: I´ll just start at the beginning. It´s July 1940. I´m part of an expedition to Mexico. To the Pico del Miedo volcano, to be exact.

CPASO: Were you looking for something special?
HS: Whatever it was, it´s all gone. Now, as we started digging, I accidentally fell into the dig, hitting the bottom of a cave. I remember I yelled to the others that I was fine before trying to get my bearings. Couldn´t know that what I found that day would forever change our perception of history.

CPASO: That´s how you´d have wanted it, anyway? Because, in reality, most of your time since then has been spent trying to prove what you say you saw?
HS: Pretty much. I´ve heard all the questions a million times by now. People were really skeptical, then. Still are. Especially after the best evidence there was vanished into thin air. A real conspiracy, if you will.



CPASO: You say ‘all the questions.´ What questions are those? What have people been asking?
HS: ‘How come only you saw anything, when there was a whole team with you?´ Is a classic. But my personal favorite is, ‘Where did it all go? Wasn´t the volcano´s timing awfully convenient?´

CPASO: Well, wasn´t it awfully convenient? If someone could point to the site and refute your claims, the discussion would be over.
HS: Rather awfully inconvenient. Say you have the best idea in the world. You work on this idea for many years, until the idea comes to fruition. And it´s perfect. Then the ground shakes and all of it disappears. For the rest of your life, you´ll remember that you had what you always wanted and that it´s gone forever.

CPASO: But that wasn´t the end of it. What have you been doing since 1940? What happened to the ‘Skull Hammer´ -- the physical evidence you brought with you?
HS: Well, yes, the Skull Hammer. All I can say is that I willingly shared it to anyone who wanted to look at it. It was at a museum for many years, while I travelled the world looking for proof for my theories.

CPASO: How could you afford these latter investigations? Reading into what happened, most people wrote you off as a fraud.
HS: Most people did, yes. But I was lucky enough to secure some funding. A few who believed me invested money. And remember that these were days of war and terrible distress. The Military paid good money to investigate the Skull Hammer, for whatever reasons.

CPASO: So what did you do with this funding, then? I suppose it was impossible to clear out Pico del Miedo and start over?
HS: After leaving the Skull Hammer to its fate, I spent some time in Egypt. It´s synonymous to pyramids for most people. After leaving there, satisfied that I was on the right track, I put the ‘Pyramid Builders´ theory on paper. The idea that the same group of builders constructed pyramids all over the globe, thousands of years ago.

CPASO: Which wasn´t received all that well, however. Was it?
HS: No, not really. Some people even ridiculed it, which is really hard on you when you know you´re right. But people have always treated these issues with irrational reluctance. Especially with the arrival of von Dänicken and his like in the late sixties, it was really hard for me to sell my hypotheses to anyone at all. Barring hippies, of course.

CPASO: But you didn´t stop, or even lose momentum. How was your situation by that time, then -- in the late sixties?
HS: I didn´t really care about my situation. My theories and their implications were the only things on my mind. The biggest setback was when the Skull Hammer disappeared. It was in 1961, I think, and even if it did give my work some attention, most of it was negative, even condescending.

CPASO: So, do you think things will change for people with your kind of theories? What do you think of the recent digs in Bosnia, for example? They commenced digging near the “Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun.” Visocica Hill, I think it´s called.
HS: It´s an interesting development. Had I been younger, I would be right there, brush in hand. It´s just unfortunate that it´s met with the same kind of skepticism as I came to expect from formal channels in the ‘40s and ‘50s.


CPASO: Do you think it´ll make the critics look at human history more open-mindedly, in the end?
HS: In some ways, I hope so. But this has nothing to with popularizing strange theories. It´s about facts. Critical thinking is the only factor to keep fiction and fantasy away from fact. I believe what I believe because I saw it with my own eyes. Not because I want it to be true.

CPASO: Very good point, Mr. Spebbington, and I also think it concludes the interview. Thank you very much for this opportunity.
HS: My pleasure, entirely. Had these technologies you use, the Internet and everything, existed in the 1940s, perhaps things would have turned out different.


A friendly handshake, then we left Harchier Spebbington in the hands of his doctor. And maybe, just maybe, he is right in his last statement. Maybe things would have been different if he had benefited from the Information Age.

If you really want to know about the Skull Hammer, you´ll have to find out for yourself.