Book review: 'The Mounds Anomaly' digs into America's archaeological backyard

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  • jbandow Hamilton, 00
    March 3, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    I read the reviewers comments about this book and was struck how the writer seems to feel that academic archaeologists work within an environment of extreme orthodoxy. This is simply false. As a professional archaeologist, I have never felt that ideas are repressed by the 'status quo'. Paradigms change when FACTS are introduced into the archaeological models of the past. So when 'fantastic' ideas are introduced without satisfying the 'burden of proof', these ideas, of course, are subject to critique. There may be archaeological 'old fogies',to quote a source, but these are usually researchers that are simply behind on their reading. But I've never seen careers end because the individual has constructed a new paradigm.

    "Archaeology is about facts. If you want truth, then the Philosophy Department is down the hall" - Indiana Jones