Frequently asked questions
How do I get into Assyriology/Egyptology/Archaeology?
First, know that getting a graduate degree in any of these fields does NOT guarantee you a job in academia. The job market has been bad, and is getting worse - many people with Ph.D.s bounce between short-term contracts, having to move themselves (and their families) every year or two. Finding a full-time, long-term position is incredibly difficult, and to pretend otherwise would be deeply irresponsible of us. It's also worth saying that this is a big financial committment on your part. Aside from the cost of getting a B.A. degree in the U.S.A., no Ph.D. programs that we're aware of provide full funding to their Ph.D. students for the entirety of their doctoral program. Getting a Ph.D. often relies on the student working a second job, applying for large numbers of grants, taking out loans, or relying on savings. Even applying to a Ph.D. program will cost you around $100 per application.
Having said that, if you're passionate about the ancient world and are determined to go ahead regardless, then there are some general tips we can give you!
The traditional path is to start with a B.A. degree. Try and major in the field you want to persue - if this isn't possible, then opt for whatever ancient history classes your institution offers. If possible, start learning French and German as early as you can! These languages are a requirement for most Ph.D. programs, and getting started now will help you a lot. If you can, try and gain archaeological experience (less crucial for Assyriology, but still helpful).
Did Sitchin know Sumerian, or was he lying?
Eh. This is a little tricky. We can't really say whether he was purposefully lying or not, but the translations found in his books are definitely incorrect, and the theories he presents are based entirely in fiction. Whether he was deliberately deceitful, or simply thought he understood Sumerian more completely than he actually did is difficult to say.
If you're looking for more accurate translations of the texts he mentions in his books, then this is a great place to start:
Did [insert Biblical event] really happen? Was [insert Biblical figure] a real person?
Some of them, but rarely as described.
When's Dr. Josh's next book coming out?
When it's ready ;)
Can you review [insert YouTube video]?
No, probably not. Sorry, but reviewing videos takes a long time, and there are many other people who do this kind of review work. You're most welcome to ask, but we'll probably redirect you to an existing review that we trust.