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Discussion | Modern Discrediting of Ancient Creativity

November 22, 2013

Discussion | Modern Discrediting of Ancient Creativity


November 22, 2013

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  1. The  Modern  Discredi.ng   of  Ancient  Crea.vity     Feder,

     Kenneth,  from  Frauds,  Myths,   and  Mysteries:  Science  and   Pseudoscience  in  Archaeology,  pp.   161-­‐192.      
  2. Free  Write   The  history  of  this  debate  had  its

     fair  share  of   hoaxes  and  frauds  (pp.  169,  178-­‐180).  Why  were   people  so  ready  to  believe  them?    What  is  the   appeal  of  an  archaeological  hoax?  
  3. “Aliens  Did  It!”   The image cannot be displayed. Your

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  4. What  were  some  of  the  “Vanished  Races”   suggested  by

     19th  century  anthropologists?     What  commonali.es  do  you  see?    What  might   be  their  appeal?  
  5. How  does  this  debate  connect  to  the   last  discussion

     of  the  no.on  of   “Primi.ve”  art?    How  are  the   problem’s  Blocker  address  present  in   this  debate?  
  6. Compare  and  contrast  the   methods  and  findings  of  Caleb

      Atwater,  Squier/Davis,  and  Cyrus   Thomas.    How  is  this  significant  to   the  history  of  archaeology?  
  7. Feder  calls  the  Moundbuilders  one  of   the  “best  kept

     secrets”  in  American   history?    Why  do  you  think  so  few   know  about  or  recognize  the   Moundbuilders  today?    How  do  you   think  this  compares  to  the  19th  century   debates  over  their  origin?