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Ancient astronauts? Atlantis? Psychic archaeology? Pharaoh's curses? Committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity, this indispensable supplementary text uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can truly know things about the past through science. The text presents examples of fantastic findings, and carefully, logically, and entertainingly describes the flaws in the purported evidence for each fantastic claim; readers can hone their own evaluative skills by example.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Science and Pseudoscience
Belief in the Enbelievable
Pseudoscience and Archaeology
Why I Wrote This Book
Chapter 2: Epistemology: How You Know What You Know
Science: Playing by the Rules
The Workings of Science
The Case of Childbed Fever
The Science and Nonscience: The Essential Differences
The Art of Science
Science and Archaeology
Chapter 3: Anatomy of an Archaeological Hoax
The Cardiff Giant: The Goliath of New York
Why Did They Do It?
Current Perspectives: Frauds
Chapter 4: Dawsons Dawn Man: The Hoax at Piltdown
The Evolutionary Context
A Remarkable Discovery in Sussex
The Piltdown Enigma
The Lesson of Piltdown
Current Perspectives: Human Evolution
Chapter 5: Who Discovered America?
America's First People
Who's Next? After the Indians, Before Columbus
Europeans in America: The Norse Discovery of America
Other Voyagers, Other Visitors
Current Perspectives: The Peopling of the Americas
Chapter 6. The Myth of the Moundbuilders
The Myth of a Vanished Race
Who Were the Moundbuilders? Identifying the Vanished Race
The Moundbuilder Mystery Solved
Rationale for the Myth of a Vanished Race
Current Perspectives: The Moundbuilders
Chapter 7: Lost: One ContinentReward
Atlantis: Where Are You?
Atlantis: The Source of the Legend
Current Perspectives: Atlantis
Chapter 8: Prehistoric E.T.: The Fantasy of Ancient Astronauts