ANTHRARC 285 - Frauds and Fantastic Claims in Archaeology
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Have sensationalized stories about archaeology, such as claims about Atlantis and Ancient Aliens, ever caught your attention? In this course we explore extraordinary interpretations of archaeological remains that are popular subjects of media coverage but often considered fringe ideas by professional archaeologists. By investigating a variety of fantastic claims, including ones that have proven to be correct, you will learn to be critical consumers of information about the past and to distinguish science from pseudoscience. You will also learn skills that will help you identify fakes and to hone your ability to critique fake news stories.

Course Requirements:

Student evaluation: two exams, online quizzes, four short article critiques, and participation.

Intended Audience:

No background in archaeology is needed, only a desire to think critically about interpretations of our human past.

Class Format:

This is a large lecture course but each lecture includes engaged learning activities. Discussion sections include hands-on activities, including visits in U-M museum collections.

ANTHRARC 285 - Frauds and Fantastic Claims in Archaeology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
10954
Open
75
 
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
10955
Open
25
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
10956
Open
25
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
23255
Open
25
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Note:
Editions that can be used: 9th, 8th, or 7th. Do NOT purchase 6th or earlier editions
ISBN: 9780078035074
Frauds, myths, and mysteries : science and pseudoscience in archaeology, Author: Kenneth L. Feder. Eighth edi 2014
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