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Archaeological Myth & Mystery

This course introduces students to the myths, mysteries, frauds, and fantasies of archaeology and the human past, such as Atlantis, alien visitations, Stonehenge, pyramids, astronomical alignments, pre-Columbian visits to the North American continent, anachronistic artifacts, and outright hoaxes. These claims - some real, some false, some misunderstood, some intriguing - will be examined closely to see how well the explanations use evidence and how valid the assumptions are that uphold them. Students will learn how to critically evaluate these claims in their empirical, political, historical, and cultural contexts as well as try to understand the agendas, personalities, motives, and politics behind some o f the more unsupportable claims. Students my not receive credit for both ANTH 230 and ANTH 230G.

Offered in:

2018 Fall

Section Class Number Schedule/Time Instructor Location
01C 9431 F
3:00 - 6:00 pm
Schoenfelder,John Walter|Shepard Valley,Rita Stuart Y04-4130
Session: CE Ses 1
Class Dates: 09/10/2018 - 12/07/2018
Capacity: 35
Enrolled: 4
Status: Open
Credits: 3/3
Class Notes:
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Course Attributes: Distribution Area: Social & Behavioral Sciences