ANTHRARC 285 - Frauds and Fantastic Claims in Archaeology
Section: 001
Term: FA 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, intrigued you? In this course we explore extraordinary interpretations of archaeological remains that are popular subjects of news stories but considered fringe ideas by professional archaeologists. By investigating these 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 how archaeologists examine the lives of ancient people, as you hone your ability to identify fake news and frauds.

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 the evidence and interpretations of our human past.

Class Format:

This is a large lecture course but each lecture includes active learning. Discussion sections include hands-on activities, such as seeing fakes from UM museum collections.

ANTHRARC 285 - Frauds and Fantastic Claims in Archaeology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
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31440
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
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31441
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Note:
The 8th edition of the textbook is recommended but the 7th or 9th edition can be used instead.
ISBN: 9780078035074
Frauds, myths, and mysteries : science and pseudoscience in archaeology, Author: Kenneth L. Feder. Eighth edi 2014
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