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A Guide to the Phantom Dark Age by Emmet Scott

By Emmet Scott

Emmet Scott confronts traditional historians and appears on the facts, archaeological and textual, for the proposition that 3 centuries, approximately among 615 and 915, by no means existed and are 'phantom' years. the writer exhibits intimately how no archaeology exists for those 3 centuries, and that the cloth is still of the 7th century heavily resemble these of the 10th, and lie without delay underneath them. this can be the 1st e-book in this subject within the English language, notwithstanding Heribert Illig's books at the related subject, 'Das erfundene Mittelalter' and 'Wer hat an der Uhr Gedreht?' were top in German-speaking Europe.

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Invariably, the seventh century fortresses were replaced by greater and larger edifices in the tenth and (more especially) eleventh centuries, and it is these which we see today. The tenth and eleventh century fortresses were built directly on the seventh century foundations, with nothing of the eighth or ninth centuries intervening. Even stranger, we find that, whilst the age of castle-building commenced in southern Europe during the seventh century, it only began in northern Europe in the tenth.

Even such paltry samples as have survived from the eighth and ninth centuries (nine) are usually of questionable provenance, a fact noted by Mango himself, who remarked that often, upon closer inspection, these turn out to originate either from before the dark age or after it. The same picture of abandonment and depopulation is presented throughout the Islamic world. In fact, the entire Middle East and North Africa is a virtual blank for roughly three centuries. Normally, we see one or two finds attributed to the seventh century (or occasionally to the eighth century), then nothing for three centuries, then a resumption of archaeological material in the mid- or late-tenth century.

Before we look at the archaeological hiatus, we should mention the thesis proposed by Henri Pirenne, who in the 1920s began to argue that the Dark Age, the real Dark Age of the seventh to tenth centuries, was inaugurated by the Arabs. The evidence, as Pirenne was at pains to show in his posthumously published Mohammed et Charlemagne (1938) seemed incontrovertible. From the midseventh century, trade between the ancient centers of high culture in the Levant and the West apparently came to an abrupt halt.

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