Bad Archaeology

There is enough bad science, history, and archaeology out there to build any theory that can be conceived.  I don’t have access to television regularly but when I do, I am ashamed to be from the same species that created Fox News, TLC, or the History Channel.  I am also astonished at the number of people I have met lately who genuinely think that “scientists” or “archaeologists” are covering up an enormous prehistory of the world for some poorly explained reason like “it would upset the status quo”.  I can guarantee that when and if we (archaeologists) find anything new, controversial, or just plain cool, the last thing we are going to do is keep it under our hat.  Just look at the Clovis/pre-Clovis debates and the excitement generated by any new claim.  Yes, there are those who don’t like to change what they believe mid-life but this certainly isn’t any reason to not report on interesting new facts.

If Bad Archaeology is a peeve or just holds an interest for you there is an excellent website with an updated blog on the subject.  It is, in fact, called “BAD ARCHAEOLOGY“.

Or look at the blog here: http://badarchaeology.wordpress.com/

A quote from their home page:

“Bad Archaeology is the brainchild of a couple of archaeologists who are fed up with the distorted view of the past that passes for knowledge in popular culture. We are unhappy that books written by people with no knowledge of real archaeology dominate the shelves at respectable bookshops. We do not appreciate news programmes that talk about ley lines (for example) as if they are real.

In short, we are Angry Archaeologists.”