Controversies in Archaeology

Controversies in Archaeology

by Alice Beck Kehoe

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Atlantis, ancient astronauts, and pyramid power. Archaeologists are perennially bombarded with questions about the “mysteries” of the past. They are also constantly addressing more realistic controversies: origins of the First Americans, the ownership of antiquities, and national claims to historical territories. Alice Beck Kehoe offers to introductory students a method of evaluating and assessing these claims about the past in this reader-friendly, concise text. She shows how to use the methods of science to challenge the legitimacy of pseudoscientific proclamations and develop reasonable interpretations on controversial issues. Not one to shy away from controversy herself, Kehoe takes some stands—on transpacific migration, shamanism, the Kensington Runestone—which will challenge instructor and students alike, and foster class discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315431598
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Alice Beck Kehoe is Professor of Anthropology emerita at Marquette University and Adjunct Professor in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. She has authored textbooks for courses on Native Americans, introductory archaeology, and the history of archaeology, as well as numerous professional books and articles, in her illustrious career. Her fieldwork has stretched from Saskatchewan to Bolivia and from the Czech Republic to Illinois. She has worked extensively with Native American communities and is one of the founders of gender research in archaeology.

Table of Contents

Preface     9
Introduction     11
The Past is Today     21
Scientific Method     38
Popular Archaeology     58
America's First Nations and Archaeology     79
Finding Diversity     101
Religion and Archaeology     120
"Diffusion" versus Independent Invention     140
What People Before Us Could Do: Earlier Technologies     172
Neandertals, Farmers, Warriors, and Cannibals: Bringing in Biological Data     198
Competing Theories of Cultural Development     220
Notes     237
Bibliography     242
Index     251
About the Author     256

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