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Lost Tribes & Sunken Continents; Myth and Method in the Study of American Indians Hardcover – June, 1962

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  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr (Tx); 1st edition (June 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226876357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226876351
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents: Myth and Method in the Study of the American Indians." This brilliant 137-page book should not be missed by anyone interested in the archaeology of ancient America.

There is an excellent chapter on "Lost Tribes and the Mormons" and another chapter on "Kon-Tiki and the Linguistic Acrobats." This last chapter is interesting because Hugh Nibley, the Mormon professor, used all the false techniques outlined by Wauchope. See: "Since Cumorah," by Hugh Nibley. Click here, then scroll down to read my review: Since Cumorah: The Book of Mormon in the modern world

The following outlines the technique for proving any theory about the origins of an ancient civilization:

Take a word and trace it back to the beginning of time. This will produce a ton of commentary for a book. In addition, your book will sound learned. The catch is that you will not have proved anything. Professor Nibley did this with words found in the Book of Mormon. Naturally, because many of these words have biblical roots, he made all kinds of connections with the ancient world.

Note the chapter on "Kon Tiki" (above): In the July 2002 issue of the "Smithsonian" magazine (p. 26), there was an article on Thor Heyerdahl entitled "Kon Artist?". The author proved that Thor Heyerdahl had actually paid an Easter Island native to manufacture models of reed boats, which Heyerdahl then claimed were ancient relics.

It is amusing that Wauchope outlined what he called a crack-pot idea for the origins of the American ideas.
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And enlightening. A very fun book to read and debunks some of the downright dumb theories still being presented in mainstream media.
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