Spooky Archaeology: Myth and the Science of the Past


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Outside of scientific journals, archaeologists are depicted as searching for lost cities and mystical artifacts in news reports, television, video games, and movies like Indiana Jones or The Mummy. This fantastical image has little to do with day-to-day science, yet it is deeply connected to why people are fascinated by the ancient past. By exploring the development of archaeology, this book helps us understand what archaeology is and why it matters.

In Spooky Archaeology author Jeb J. Card follows a trail of clues left by adventurers and professional archaeologists that guides the reader through haunted museums, mysterious hieroglyphic inscriptions, fragments of a lost continent that never existed, and deep into an investigation of magic and murder. Card unveils how and why archaeology continues to mystify and why there is an ongoing fascination with exotic artifacts and eerie practices.



“Card relates ‘spooky’ themes in archaeology not only to popular understandings of archaeology and pop-culture invocations such as the Mummy movies but to the discipline’s history and practices and to its transition from more antiquarian and speculative interpretations to the modern, professionalized, science-oriented discipline of today.”

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