ANTHRARC 285 - Frauds and Fantastic Claims in Archaeology
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Frauds and Fantastic Claims in Archaeology investigates archaeological interpretations that are popular media topics but that archaeologists view as fringe or "pseudoscientific" ideas. We focus particularly on claims that cultural achievements by indigenous peoples are a consequence of contact with superior beings, such as "more advanced" civilizations and even extra-terrestrials. We will examine the logical flaws and problematic evidence used to support these claims, along with the racist assumptions that underlie them. The goal of this course is for students to learn critical thinking skills that will enable them to assess popular interpretations of archaeological remains in the future. The course format is lecture and discussion sections. Evaluations are based on section exercises, participation, and two exams. The textbook is Kenneth L. Feder's Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries (5th or 6th edition). Students will also read websites and articles available on ctools to supplement the text.

ANTHRARC 285 - Frauds and Fantastic Claims in Archaeology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11221
Open
9
 
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
11222
Closed
0
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11223
Open
7
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
11224
Closed
0
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
11225
Open
2
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
11226
Open
1
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
20722
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Note:
I have requested the 6th edition of the textbook, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries. You can also use the 5th edition.  
 
IMPORTANT: The 4th or earlier editions of the textbook can NOT be used.
ISBN: 9780073405292
Frauds, myths, and mysteries, Author: Kenneth L. Feder., Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education 6th ed. 2008
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