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

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-28
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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. Examples of fantastic findings support the carefully, logically, and entertainingly described flaws in the purported evidence.

Table of Contents

Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology
Preface Quick Start Guide
Science and Pseudoscience Belief in the Unbelievable The Morning of the Magicians Pseudoscience and Archaeology Why I Wrote This Book Frequently Asked Questions Best of the Web Critical Thinking Exercises
How You Know What You Know Knowing Things Collecting Information
Seeing Isn't Necessarily Believing Collecting Information
Relying on Others Science
Playing by the Rules There Is a Real and Knowable Universe The Universe Operates According to Understandable Laws The Laws Are Immutable The Laws Can Be Understood The Workings of Science The Case of Childbed Fever The Science and Nonscience
The Essential Differences A Rule in Assessing Explanations The Art of Science Where Do Hypotheses Come From? Testing Hypotheses The Human Enterprise of Science Science and Archaeology Frequently Asked Questions Best of the Web Critical Thinking Exercises
Anatomy of an Archaeological Hoax The Cardiff Giant
The Goliath of New York The Discovery The Beginning of the End Hull's Confession The End of the Giant Why Did They Do It? Current Perspectives
Frauds The Rules for a Successful Archaeological Hoax Frequently Asked Questions Best of the Web Critical Thinking Exercise
Dawson’s Dawn Man
The Hoax at Piltdown The Evolutionary Context The Brain-Centered Paradigm A Remarkable Discovery in Sussex The Piltdown Enigma Unmasking the Hoax Whodunnit? Suspect
Charles Dawson Suspect
Arthur Smith Woodward Suspect
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Suspect
Sir Grafton Elliot Smith Suspect
Sir Arthur Keith Suspect
Martin A. C. Hinton Suspect
Lewis Abbott Suspect
W. J. Sallas Suspect
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Lesson of Piltdown Current Perspectives
Human Evolution Frequently Asked Questions Best of the Web Critical Thinking Exercise
Who Discovered America? America's First People A New World-To Europeans Biblical Exegesis and American Indians American Indians
From Israelites to Atlanteans Tracing the Source of Native Americans Out of Asia An "American Genesis"? Tracing People by Their Biology Archaeology of the First Americans Who's Next? After the Indians, Before Columbus Artifact Trails
Evidence of Visitors to the New World Europeans in America
The Norse Discovery of America A Newfound Land Where Was Vinland and Who Were the Skraelings? Norse Discovery of America
The Physical Evidence Other Evidence of the Viking Presence? Other Voyagers, Other Visitors A Chinese Discovery of the New World? Africans in Ancient America? Other Europeans in the New World Before Columbus? America Linguistics Inscriptions Architecture The Archaeological Verdict Archaeological Context
Digging Pits and Recovering Evidence Current Perspectives
The Peopling of the Americas Frequently Asked Questions Best of the Web Critical Thinking Exercises
The Myth of the Moundbuilders The Myth of a Vanished Race Who Were the Moundbuilders? Identifying the Vanished Race The Walum Olum The Archaeology of the Myth The Moundbuilder Mystery Solved Rationale for the Myth of a Vanished Race Current Perspectives
The Moundbuilders Frequently Asked Questions Best of the Web Critical Thinking Exercise
One Continent—Reward Atlantis
Where Are You? Atlantis
The Source of the Legend The Timaeus Dialogue The Critias Dialogue The Source and Meaning of Timaeus and Critias Who Invented Atlantis? Where Did Plato Get the Details of the Story? A Minoan Source After Plato Ignatius Donnelly
The Minnesota Congressman Atlantis After Donnelly Current Perspectiv
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