PseudoArchaeology Research Archive

Bibliography of Scholarship on Pseudoarchaeology

Any bibliographic listing of material that we consider to be pseudoarchaeological would run the risk of becoming a 'blacklist', and in the absence of explanatory material defending these choices, would not serve any useful function. Thus, no such bibliography is included here. In PARA's web bibliographies and research papers, individual authors outline the empirical, logical, and motivational difficulties with particular bodies of research.

However, we come to this body of research having encountered and read much of the secondary scholarship on pseudoarchaeology. The following is a bibliography of scholarly works that provide a general introduction to pseudoscience and specifically to pseudoarchaeology, and that may be useful for the interested reader.

Cole, J. 1980. Cult archaeology and unscientific method and theory. Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory 3: 1-33.

Fagan, Garrett G, ed. 2006. Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public. London: Routledge.

Feder, Kenneth L. 1984. Irrationality and popular archaeology. American Antiquity 49: 525-541.

Feder, Kenneth L. 2005. Frauds, Myths and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology. McGraw-Hill College.

Forsyth, Phyllis Young, 1980. Atlantis : the making of myth. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press.

Harrold, F. and Eve, R, eds. 1995. Cult Archaeology & Creationism: Understanding Pseudoscientific Beliefs about the Past. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.

Jones, Mark, ed. 1990. Fake? The Art of Deception. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Sagan, Carl. 1996. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. New York: Ballantine.

Silverberg, Robert. 1968. Mound Builders of Ancient America: The Archaeology of a Myth.

Stiebing, W.R. 1984. Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions, and Other Popular Theories About Man's Past. Buffalo: Prometheus.

Wauchope, R. 1962. Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Williams, S. 1991. Fantastic Archaeology: The Wild Side of American Prehistory. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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