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Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology | [Susan Johnston]

Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Susan Johnston (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kyle Seaton, Australia 03-27-13
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    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


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    Deborah Bedford, IN, United States 10-28-10
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    "Don't expect much."

    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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    stowmarket, suffolk, United Kingdom
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    "these lectures were very good for a new interest"
    Would you listen to Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology again? Why?

    yes, but the lectures were basic and would have liked more information


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology?

    think these are first year lectures so were not new to me, but were good and the information well told


    What does Susan Johnston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I always prefer to listen then read


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes listened in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    this is a course of lectures, think I would have preferred the information as a story,

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