Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology / Edition 6

Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology / Edition 6

by Kenneth L. Feder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0073405299

ISBN-13: 9780073405292

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.

The ancient rock art on the cover decorates the walks of Indian Creek Canyon in Newspaper Rock State Park, Utah, near Canyonlands National Park. What could its symbols and horned figures represent? Are they a Native American observer's depiction of space-suited extraterrestrials who once explored the American continent? Or do the images reflect the human imagination,…  See more details below

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The ancient rock art on the cover decorates the walks of Indian Creek Canyon in Newspaper Rock State Park, Utah, near Canyonlands National Park. What could its symbols and horned figures represent? Are they a Native American observer's depiction of space-suited extraterrestrials who once explored the American continent? Or do the images reflect the human imagination, blending, human and animal elements into new mythical beings? Ken Feder addresses questions such as these in this entertaining and informative exploration of fascinating frauds and genuine mysteries. Through well-chosen examples, he demonstrates what is - and what is not - the scientific method; in the process, he clearly conveys why the veritable past is as exciting and intriguing as the fantasies concocted by the purveyors of pseudoscience. New to this Edition: 25% more illustrations, including side by side photographic comparisons in Chapter 6, 8, and 9; additional topics, including tabloid anthropology, the deconstructionist challenge to science, tracing the source of skeletal populations through mitochondrial DNA analysis, the so-called Mars face, the New Age use of Native American beliefsand Native Americans' reactions, the Ice Man, Chauvet Cave and our understanding of cave painting, and more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073405292
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Science and Pseudoscience1
2Epistemology: How You Know What You Know13
3The Goliath of New York: The Cardiff Giant35
4Dawson's Dawn Man: The Hoax at Piltdown49
5Who Discovered America?71
6After the Indians, Before Columbus?89
7The Myth of the Moundbuilders119
8Lost: One Continent - Reward141
9Prehistoric E.T.: The Fantasy of Ancient Astronauts165
10Good Vibrations: Psychics, Dowsers, and Photo-Fields194
11Old Time Religion - New Age Harmonics211
12Real Mysteries of a Veritable Past237
References253
Index275

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