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Archaeological Fantasies : How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public - Garrett G. Fagan

Archaeological Fantasies

How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public

By: Garrett G. Fagan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th January 2006
ISBN: 9780415305938
Number Of Pages: 417

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Did aliens build the pyramids? Do all the world's civilizations owe a debt of gratitude to a single super-civilization in ancient times? Was Egypt the home of magicians? Is there a fantastic body of ancient wisdom awaiting discovery, which will help solve the world's problems? These and other scenarios are thrown up by purveyors of what is often dubbed alternative, fringe or popular archaeology and ancient history. In reality, such work is properly called pseudoarchaeology since it is a muddled imitation of the real thing.
In this collection of stimulating and engaging essays, a diverse group of scholars, scientists, and writers consider the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology from a variety of perspectives. They contemplate what differentiates it from real archaeology; its defining characteristics; the reasons for its popular appeal and how television documentaries contribute to its popularity; how nationalist agendas can warp genuine archaeology in to a pseudo-version; and the links between pseudoarchaeology and other brands of false history and pseudo science. Case studies include surveys of esoteric Egypt and the supposedly mystical Maya, Nazi pseudoarchaeology, and ancient pseudohistory in modern India.

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xii
Prefacep. xvii
The phenomenonp. 1
Introduction: The epistemology of archaeologyp. 3
Diagnosing pseudoarchaeologyp. 23
The attraction of non-rational archaeological hypotheses: the individual and sociological factorsp. 47
Skeptics, fence sitters, and true believers: student acceptance of an improbable prehistoryp. 71
Memoirs of a true believerp. 96
Five case studiesp. 107
Esoteric Egyptp. 109
The mystique of the ancient Mayap. 129
Pseudoarchaeology and nationalism: essentializing differencep. 154
Archaeology and the politics of origins: the search for pyramids in Greecep. 180
Rama's realm: Indocentric rewritings of early South Asian archaeology and historyp. 203
Pseudoarchaeology in its wider contextp. 233
The Atlantean boxp. 235
The colonization of the past and the pedagogy of the futurep. 259
Pseudoscience and postmodernism: antagonists or fellow travelers?p. 286
Concluding observationsp. 362
Bibliographyp. 368
Indexp. 405
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ISBN: 9780415305938
ISBN-10: 0415305934
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 417
Published: 6th January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.6  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

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