Otherwise rational people believe - or at least partially believe - in many fantastical myths about the world in which they live. Indeed, it is an entirely human inclination to want to believe in what might be called otherworldly explanations for phenomena for which there are no easily explainable causes. In these eye-opening lectures, Professor Susan A. Johnston of the George Washington University applies an archaeological perspective to the biggest myths and mysteries in world history.
Examining prominent theories and available evidence in a scholarly light, Professor Johnston introduces her audience to the scientific method, demonstrating the most reasonable course for determining whether one's beliefs have merit, or are perhaps less than satisfying when held up to more rigorous examination.
What made the experience of listening to Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology the most enjoyable?
Susan Johnston is a must if you interesting in archaeological theory and archaeology in general. Her narratives are not only reliable but pleasant at the same time.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology?
The way she is reasoning about Erich von Dänikens claims for extraterrestrial interference in past civilizations. I also cannot exclude the existence of other forms of life. However I fully agree that is at least childish to understand complex civilization aspects by repeatedly ascribing them to beings from other planets.
If you could sum up Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology in three words, what would they be?
Informative Unambiguous truthful
What did you like best about this story?
The lecture format is well suited to the topic.
What about Susan Johnston’s performance did you like?
When she emotes the subject comes alive
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was fascinated
Boring. Pedagogical. Uninspired. Haven't made it to the end of the book as when I fall asleep, the sound of my head hitting the desk wakes me up, and I turn it off.
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