Cult Archaeology and Unscientific Method and Theory

  title={Cult Archaeology and Unscientific Method and Theory},
  author={John R. Cole},
The Cave Who Never Was: Outsider Archaeology and Failed Collaboration in the USA
Abstract The alleged 1982 discovery of a phantasmagorical Late-Antique necropolis in southern Illinois has largely escaped the attention of professional archaeologists, despite thousands of artefacts
Irrationality and Popular Archaeology
An important aspect of archaeology is communicating the significance of data and research results to a fascinated, although often uninformed public. However, on the basis of book sales, newspaper
Cinema, Supernatural Archaeology, and the Hidden Human Past
Abstract Close analysis of modern movies reveals — yet archaeologists and historians have failed to understand — that the dominant representation of archaeological research and ancient human culture
On Folk Archaeology in Anthropological Perspective
Michlovic (CA 31:103-7) criticizes colleagues' analyses of folk (or "cult") archaeology (see Cole I980, i982; Feder ggo; Harrold and Eve i987), saying that anthropologists should take it more
Alternative Archaeology: Many Pasts in Our Present
Abstract This article introduces the field of alternative archaeology. After a short presentation of how the field has been received by professional archaeologists, different ways of defining it are
Community Involvement in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management
Community archaeology has conferred an alternative dimension on conventional archaeology and heritage management, empowering previously powerless peoples, particularly the indigenous and local
Can you hear me at the back? Archaeology, communication and society
  • C. Holtorf
  • Sociology
    European Journal of Archaeology
  • 2007
Archaeologists often enjoy the role of giving the people what the people want, at least, so long as that is information about the past. But besides the ambition to enlighten people about the past,
Folk Archaeology in Anthropological Perspective
Criticizing a variety of popular approaches to the past that violate professional canon, archaeologists claim the high ground, moral as well as scholarly. The collection of folk ideas in question,
Nationalism and Archeology
The author poses a question about the connection between archeology and the ideology of nationalism. Defining nationalism as ideology and social practice that makes nation a subject of politics and
Old stones, new rites: contemporary pagan interactions with the medway megaliths
Abstract The Medway Megaliths, a series of seven archaeological monuments located in Kent, South-eastern England, are today viewed as “sacred sites” by practitioners of various contemporary Pagan


Earthworks and Archeologists. (Book Reviews: Mound Builders of Ancient America. The Archaeology of a Myth)
Our forebears, finding large, incomprehensible earthworks scattered down the Mississippi Valley, refused to believe they were built by the aborigines who still cluttered up the place and impeded
Some Paleolithic Tools from Northeast North America
vessels it might be inferred that the Kalomo tradition was the less "coherent" of the two, with the implication that women trained in this tradition were relatively more mobile. In this way it might
Recent Early Man Research in the North
Recent field evidence from the far northwest supports the hypothesis that man arrived in North America well before the maximum Wisconsin glaciation. The actual date of arrival is unknown, but
Upper Pleistocene Radiocarbon-Dated Artefacts from the Northern Yukon
The evidence presented here indicates that man lived in the eastern part of the Beringian refugium before the peak of the late Wisconsin glaciation, and that in Beringia, and therefore probably in Siberia and the Far East, the transition from Middle Paleolithic to Upper Paleolithic levels of technology occurred at a relatively early date.
Developments In Early Man Studies In Western North America, 1960-1970
Available new data are probably the most important development in Early Man studies in Western United States in the last decade. The review divides Western United States into three general zones.
Scientists Confront Velikovsky
From his studies of historical records Immanuel Velikovsky has concluded that close encounters between the Earth and the planet Mars and Venus occurred at about 1500 B.C. and 775 B.C. He believes
Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
To break the boredom in reading, one that the authors will refer to is choosing fads and fallacies in the name of science as the reading material.