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Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology 7th Edition
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If there is one failure of Feder's book it is that it is too short. Archaeology is filled with other examples of bad science, both by pseudoscientists and real scientists, that could easily extend this book by another 200 pages. Highly recommended.
The book is intended to be a textbook but don't be put off by that. The book reads quite well; Feder is as good a writer as he is a speaker. His prose is quite accessible with many pop culture references like comparing Neanderthals to the cavemen in Geico commercials and comparing Plato's Atlantis story to Star Wars. It is also an interesting way to teach archeology (although anthropology and paleontology are also touched on extensively), contrasting bad, psuedo-archeology with the real deal. It entertains while teaching. I'm convinced that Feder is very popular at Central Connecticut State.
The title is quite accurate; frauds (Cardiff giant, Piltdown man), myths (Atlantis, ancient astronauts), and mysteries (Moundbuilders, pre-Columbian America) are covered in many chapters. Most of the subjects were familiar to me except for the Moundbuilders but Feder had entertaining and original takes on all subjects.
I purchased what Amazon describes as a "print replica, Kindle edition". This means you can't read it on a traditional Kindle only on a Kindle application for a PC or iPad or other tablet. Fortunately, I have an iPad and read it on that. The book is formatted something like a pdf file. The book read fine when expanded to eliminate margins but it is tedious to do so repeatedly for every page. Anyone know if Kindle for iPad can preserve sizing from page to page? If so, I couldn't figure it out.
Highly recommended if one can afford the textbook pricing. It's come down since I purchased it but it is still somewhat high for mass market appeal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well written book for skeptics of alien theories and the open minded. It was a text for my archaeology class. I'm glad my professor required it.Published 11 months ago by Cody Whitaker
It can be read in an evening. In other words, it lacks depth. This would be adequate for a high school classroom, but not the university environment.Published 15 months ago by JRad
This book was required for an Ancient Mysteries class I took a few years ago. Ever wonder if Atlantis was really lost or even existed? Did giant people once roam North America? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joshua Watkins
Great read for opening your eyes to truth and what is not truth. It really made me think and investigate further.Published 21 months ago by KMH
While I didn't enjoy it in college I rebought it and reread it, now I love it and am using it as ideas for research.Published on October 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
My daughter is in college and suggested I read this. I'm very interested in Archaeology so I rented the book. I just could not get into it. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by L. Webb