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Discussion | Modern Discrediting of Ancient Creativity

nichsara
November 22, 2013

Discussion | Modern Discrediting of Ancient Creativity

nichsara

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.      

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  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?  

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  3. The  Davenport  Conspiracy    
    Tablets  falsified  and  buried  by  Reverend  
    John  McCarty.  

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  4. “Aliens  Did  It!”  
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  5. But  were  most  of  the  theories  in  the  
    Moundbuilder’s  Debate  based  on  
    hoaxes?  

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  6. What  were  some  of  the  “Vanished  Races”  
    suggested  by  19th  century  anthropologists?    
    What  commonali.es  do  you  see?    What  might  
    be  their  appeal?  

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  7. 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?  

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  8. Compare  and  contrast  the  
    methods  and  findings  of  Caleb  
    Atwater,  Squier/Davis,  and  Cyrus  
    Thomas.    How  is  this  significant  to  
    the  history  of  archaeology?  

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  9. How  might  these  theories  serve  to  
    “comfort  the  conquers”?  

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  10. Caleb  Atwater,  Map  of  ar.facts  on  Paint  
    Creek,  Ohio,  1820.  

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  11. Squier  and  Davis,  Map  of  the  Newark  
    Works,  1848.  

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  12. Cyrus  Thomas,  Map  of  Newark  Works,  
    1894.  

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  13. 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?  

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