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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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Genre: Archaeology
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Company
Release: 1996
File: 290 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015027496986

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FRAUDS, MYTHS, AND MYSTERIES is an increasingly indispensable supplementary text that uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can truly know things about the past through science.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Release: 2001-07-01
File: 355 Pages
ISBN-13: 076742722X

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A comparison of the hypotheses and approaches of pseudo-archaeologists to those of archaeologists and other scientists. By describing the flaws in the purported evidence for each claim, the author exposes students to the thinking and methodology that underlie real scientific research.

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Genre: Archaeology
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher:
Release: 1990
File: 231 Pages
ISBN-13: UVA:X002049843

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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. Examples of fantastic findings support the carefully, logically, and entertainingly described flaws in the purported evidence. By placing wildly inaccurate claims within the context of the scientific method, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries demonstrates how science approaches fascinating questions about human antiquity and, in so doing, shows where pseudoscience falls short.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kenneth Feder
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Release: 2010-11-01
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 007811697X

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Committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can use science to learn things about the past. By placing wildly inaccurate claims within the context of the scientific method, this indispensable supplementary text demonstrates how science approaches questions about human antiquity and, in doing so, shows where pseudoscience falls short.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Release: 2013-04-15
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 0078035074

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Committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can use science to learn things about the past. By placing wildly inaccurate claims within the context of the scientific method, this indispensable supplementary text demonstrates how science approaches questions about human antiquity and, in doing so, shows where pseudoscience falls short.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kenneth Feder
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Release: 2013-04-15
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9780077497637

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"A college textbook for the Introduction to Prehistory course"--Provided by publisher.

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Genre: Fossil hominids
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release: 2016-07-13
File: 624 Pages
ISBN-13: 0190275855

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This book is an offbeat field guide for sites in North America that reflect the rejection of the facts of prehistory and history. They are the physical equivalents of "fake news" about America's ancient past. Feder provides an entertaining summary forty sites along with the practical information you’ll need to visit these fun and fascinating sites.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2019-03-06
File: 260 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781538105979

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"This book presents a case study in historical archaeology. Specifically, it presents the story of the archaeological and documentary investigation of the Lighthouse site in the town of Barkhamsted, Connecticut. It is intended for students in courses in archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, and history, as well as those readers with a general interest in archaeology and history."--p. iii.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Release: 1994
File: 230 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105016213352

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This book provides a fascinating, encyclopedic antidote for the mysticism and pseudoscience surrounding well-known or highly publicized archaeological and anthropological "discoveries." • 134 alphabetical entries of terms related to extraordinary archaeological claims, many related to popular frauds, misinterpretations, and misrepresentations of the human past • Contains 50 illustrations, including depictions of the Maya calendar day and month glyphs, ancient astronomical alignments, the sarcophagus lid of the Maya ruler Pacal, and the Ica Stones • Photographs of such monuments and artifacts as the pyramids at Giza, Serpent Mound, Nazca ground drawings, Tucson artifacts, Michigan Relics, and Easter Island Moai bring the topics to life • A comprehensive bibliography and further reading suggestions at the end of each entry feed further investigation

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Release: 2010-10-11
File: 292 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780313379192

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