Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries

Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries

Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology

Book - 2006
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This textbook presents the scientific method and applies it to popular frauds and misconceptions in the field of prehistoric archaeology, such as the Cardiff Giant, Piltdown Man, Atlantis, America's first inhabitants, creationism, Noah's Ark, and the Newark Holy Stones. Black and white photographs are provided. The fifth edition adds a chapter on ancient Egypt. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

McGraw Hill
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.

Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill, c2006
Edition: 5th ed
ISBN: 9780072869484
Characteristics: xviii, 366 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm


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