Good book for an inquisitive mind,
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This review is from: Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (Paperback)
I first started out on the 'Ancient Astronaut' theories of Von Daniken and figured I should read what the other half thinks and was I surprised. This totally blows von Danikens' theories away. Feder argues that most pseudo archaeology depends on common sense and although that makes sense to layman's, most academics are scientists who have used tried and tested methods to answer previously asked / answered questions which are the 'fringe' authors stable.
He does concede that Archaeology isn't what he calls a 'transparent science' and does admit that due to this people don't understand quite how scientists arrive at their conclusions so he understands why people believe in pseudo archaeology, but in this book he explains why things don't work the way some 'fringe' authors describe. He also explains how historical 'mis-leadings' initially worked and why they ultimately failed.
A good book to read if you are interested in the unknown and want more than one viewpoint. Ancient Aliens is a good show but I found it doesn't cover what the mainstream community thinks and this book does a good job of addressing those issues and describing the mindset of a scientist/academic.
I cant recommend this book enough. I would buy more Feder books but to be honest the price is slightly high and I fear that most of them are purely academic textbooks meant for students and not casual interests and laymans but a good book nonetheless