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

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
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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

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
Epistemology: 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
Lost: 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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