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Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (fourth edition)

by Kenneth L. Feder
Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2001. 384 pages.

Updated, expanded, and improved for its fourth edition, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries is a classic, comprehensive, and invaluable treatment of pseudoscience in archaeology. Among the topics discussed are the Cardiff Giant, the Piltdown Hoax, controversies over who settled the Americas, the myth of the Moundbuilders, Atlantis, ancient astronauts, psychic archaeology, creationism, the Shroud of Turin, and what Feder refers to as "real mysteries of a veritable past" — the Paleolithic cave paintings of Europe, the fall of the Maya, Stonehenge, and Kennewick Man. The author is Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University.