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Archaeological fantasies : how pseudoarchaeology misrepresents the past and misleads the public
Fagan, Garrett G., 1963- editor.

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xix, 417 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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This edited volume examines the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology from a variety of perspectives. The engaging and stimulating essays, written by a diverse group of scholars, scientists and writers, explore issues including:

the differences between real and pseudoarchaeology pseudoarchaeology's increasing popularity and how the media, especially TV, has contributed to this the warping of genuine archaeology to fit national and other agendas pseudoarchaeology's potential risk to the genuine academic field of archaeology.

Including case studies such as the supposedly mystical Maya, Nazi pseudoarchaeology, ancient pseudohistory in modern India, and surveys of esoteric Egypt, this fascinating text will appeal to students of archaeology and ancient history as well as being of interest to the general reader.

Table of Contents

Colin RenfrewPeter KossoGarrett G. FaganNic FlemmingKenneth L. FederKatherine ReecePaul JordanDavid WebsterBettina ArnoldMary LefkowitzMichael WitzelChristopher HaleNorman LevittAlan D. SokalGarrett G. Fagan
List of illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xii
Prefacep. xvii
Part I The phenomenonp. 1
Introduction: The epistemology of archaeologyp. 3
1 Diagnosing pseudoarchaeologyp. 23
2 The attraction of non-rational archaeological hypotheses: the individual and sociological factorsp. 47
3 Skeptics, fence sitters, and true believers: student acceptance of an improbable prehistoryp. 71
4 Memoirs of a true believerp. 96
Part II Five case studiesp. 107
5 Esoteric Egyptp. 109
6 The mystique of the ancient Mayap. 129
7 Pseudoarchaeology and nationalism: essentializing differencep. 154
8 Archaeology and the politics of origins: the search for pyramids in Greecep. 180
9 Rama's realm: Indocentric rewritings of early South Asian archaeology and historyp. 203
Part III Pseudoarchaeology in its wider contextp. 233
10 The Atlantean boxp. 235
11 The colonization of the past and the pedagogy of the futurep. 259
12 Pseudoscience and postmodernism: antagonists or fellow travelers?p. 286
13 Concluding observationsp. 362
Bibliographyp. 368
Indexp. 405