9780078116971

Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries : Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780078116971

  • ISBN10:

    007811697X

  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/1/2010
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Summary

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. Examples of fantastic findings support the carefully, logically, and entertainingly described flaws in the purported evidence. By placing wildly inaccurate claims within the context of the scientific method,Frauds, Myths, and Mysteriesdemonstrates how science approaches fascinating questions about human antiquity and, in so doing, shows where pseudoscience falls short.

Table of Contents

Science and Pseudoscience
Epistemology: How You Know What You Know
Anatomy of an Archaeological Hoax
Dawson's Dawn Man: The Hoax at Piltdown
Who Discovered America
Who's Next
The Myth of the Moundbuilders
Lost, One Continent: Reward
Prehistoric ET: The Fantasy of Ancient Astronauts
Mysterious Egypt
Good Vibrations
Old Time Religion--New Age Visions
Real Mysteries of a Veritable Past
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