Pseudoarchaeology: the concept and its limitations

@article{Derricourt2012PseudoarchaeologyTC,
  title={Pseudoarchaeology: the concept and its limitations},
  author={Robin Derricourt},
  journal={Antiquity},
  year={2012},
  volume={86},
  pages={524 - 531}
}
The familiar term “pseudoarchaeology” allows us to categorise and comfortingly dismiss a diverse group of alternative presentations of the past, and reinforce our own professionalism as scholars and scientists. Glyn Daniel regularly denounced the ideas of a “lunatic fringe” in Antiquity editorials, and contributors to a recent unforgiving book analyse “how pseudoarchaeology misrepresents the past” (Fagan 2006). Other terms like “alternative” or “cult” archaeologies describe the same phenomena… 

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