Frauds Myths and Mysteries

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 ...

Author: Kenneth L. Feder

Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015027496986

Category: Archaeology

Page: 290

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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.

Perilous Planet Earth

P. James , The Sunken Kingdom , Jonathan Cape , London , 1995 , 52-56 ; P. James and N. Thorpe , Ancient Mysteries , Ballantine Books , New York , 1999 , 598–604 ; K.L. Feder , Frauds , Myths and Mysteries , Mayfield , Mountain View ...

Author: Trevor Palmer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521819288

Category: Science

Page: 522

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A readable account of the history of natural disasters throughout history.

The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience

*Donnelly, I. [1882] 1949. Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. Rev. ed. New York: Harper. Feder, K. 2002. Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology. 4th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill. *Hancock, G. 1995.

Author: Michael Shermer

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576076538

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 903

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Examines supernatural controversies such as crop circles, the Shroud of Turin, and cold fusion, and provides evidence for and against each phenomenon.


Kenneth L. Feder, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008), 296–297. 30. Nickell, Inquest on the Shroud of Turin, 150. 31. Radiocarbon 14 dating of the Shroud of Turin, ...

Author: Edward Steers

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813141602

Category: True Crime

Page: 242

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Did a collector with a knack for making sensational discoveries really find the first document ever printed in America? Did Adolf Hitler actually pen a revealing multivolume set of diaries? Has Jesus of Nazareth's burial cloth survived the ages? Can the shocking true account of Abraham Lincoln's assassination be found in lost pages from his murderer's diary? Napoleon famously observed that "history is a set of lies agreed upon," and Edward Steers Jr. investigates six of the most amazing frauds ever to gain wide acceptance in this engrossing book. Hoax examines the legitimacy of the Shroud of Turin, perhaps the most hotly debated relic in all of Christianity, and the fossils purported to confirm humanity's "missing link," the Piltdown Man. Steers also discusses two remarkable forgeries, the Hitler diaries and the "Oath of a Freeman," and famous conspiracy theories alleging that Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor and that the details of Lincoln's assassination are recorded in missing pages from John Wilkes Booth's journal. The controversies that Steers presents show that there are two major factors involved in the success of a hoax or forgery -- greed and the desire to believe. Though all of the counterfeits and conspiracies featured in Hoax have been scientifically debunked, some remain fixed in many people's minds as truth. As Steers points out, the success of these frauds highlights a disturbing fact: If true history fails to entertain the public, it is likely to be ignored or forgotten.

Key Concepts in Public Archaeology

Frauds, Myths and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology, 4th edition. London: McGraw-Hill Mayfield. Felch, J. and R. Frammolino,. R. 2011. Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum.

Author: Gabriel Moshenska

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 9781911576433

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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This book provides a broad overview of the key concepts in public archaeology, a research field that examines the relationship between archaeology and the public, in both theoretical and practical terms. While based on the long-standing programme of undergraduate and graduate teaching in public archaeology at UCL’s renowned Institute of Archaeology, the book also takes into account the growth of scholarship from around the world and seeks to clarify what exactly ‘public archaeology’ is by promoting an inclusive, socially and politically engaged vision of the discipline. Written for students and practitioners, the individual chapters provide textbook-level introductions to the themes, theories and controversies that connect archaeology to wider society, from the trade in illicit antiquities to the use of digital media in public engagement, and point readers to the most relevant case studies and learning resources to aid their further study. This book was produced as part of JISC's Institution as e-Textbook Publisher project. Find out more at Praise for Key Concepts in Archaeology 'Littered throughout with concise and well-chosen case studies, Key Concepts in Public Archaeology could become essential reading for undergraduates and is a welcome reminder of where archaeology sits in UK society today.' British Archaeology

American Myths Legends and Tall Tales An Encyclopedia of American Folklore 3 volumes

Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology. New York: McGraw-Hill. Foster, J. W. 1887. Prehistoric Races of the United States of America. 6th ed. Chicago: S. C. Griggs. Iseminger, William. 2010.

Author: Christopher R. Fee

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610695688

Category: Social Science

Page: 1160

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A fascinating survey of the entire history of tall tales, folklore, and mythology in the United States from earliest times to the present, including stories and myths from the modern era that have become an essential part of contemporary popular culture. • Presents a compelling mix of some 500 entries drawn from traditional Native American and European American culture as well as Mexican American, African American, Chinese American, and other national traditions • Includes numerous primary documents that help readers to pinpoint and understand the origins of different myths and legends as well as how they evolve over time • Features a wide variety of entries drawn from newer traditions of science fiction, urban legends, and conspiracy theories • Supplies bibliographic references with each entry that include websites for further reading and research

The Battle over America s Origin Story

Feder, Kenneth L. Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (Oxford University Press, 2019). Feder, Kenneth L. Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (Mayfield Publishing, ...

Author: Brian Regal

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030995386



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Weird Earth

Kenneth L. Feder, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1999), 86. 8. Quoted in Feder, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries, 88. 9. A. Giovannini, “Peut-on démythifier l'Atlantide?

Author: Donald R. Prothero


ISBN: 9781684351367

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Aliens. Ley lines. Water dowsing. Conspiracies and myths captivate imaginations and promise mystery and magic. Whether it's arguing about the moon landing hoax or a Frisbee-like Earth drifting through space, when held up to science and critical thinking, these ideas fall flat. In Weird Earth: Debunking Strange Ideas About Our Planet, Donald R. Prothero demystifies these conspiracies and offers answers to some of humanity's most outlandish questions. Applying his extensive scientific knowledge, Prothero corrects misinformation that con artists and quacks use to hoodwink others about geology--hollow earth, expanding earth, and bizarre earthquakes--and mystical and paranormal happenings--healing crystals, alien landings, and the gates of hell. By deconstructing wild claims such as prophesies of imminent natural disasters, Prothero provides a way for everyone to recognize dubious assertions. Prothero answers these claims with facts, offering historical and scientific context in a light-hearted manner that is accessible to everyone, no matter their background. With a careful layering of evidence in geology, archaeology, and biblical and historical records, Prothero's Weird Earth examines each conspiracy and myth and leaves no question unanswered.

Ancient America

The best book to get an archaeologist's perspective on alternative, out-there archaeology is Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology.That was written by, now, what is his name . .. oh, yeah .

Author: Kenneth L. Feder

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442263130

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.