Evil Archaeology

Demons, Possessions, and Sinister Relics
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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An investigation into the historical and archaeological evidence of demons, curses, and possession, featuring some of the most gruesome artifacts and sites ever discovered 

Demons, jinn, possession, sinister artifacts, and gruesome archaeological discoveries haunt this new book by Dr. Heather Lynn. Evil Archaeology investigates the archaeological record for artifacts and evidence of evil entities, revealing how demons from the ancient world may be dwelling among us. It also looks at the history and lore behind real relics believed to be haunted and includes historical accounts of demonic possession that go as far back as King Solomon invoking demons to help him build his famed temple. 

Is there really a prehistoric fertility goddess figure that has been known to bring death to the families of anyone who holds it? Are there real vampire graveyards? Can the archaeological record prove the existence of demons and malevolent entities? 

Some tantalizing questions Evil Archaeology addresses include: 

  • What is the origin of demons? 
  • What role did Sumerian demons play in the development of civilization? 
  • Are curses real?
  • Can material objects contain evil? What about places? 
  • What can we do to protect ourselves, according to historical records? 
  • Was Jesus an exorcist?
©2019 Heather Lynn, PhD (P)2019 Tantor

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Not exactly as it was described in summary

I am wondering if Dr. Lynn got her degrees through correspondence course because she does not seem to be "investigating" much of anything.
From the description, I thought it would be about actual archeological expeditions that uncovered interesting discoveries and talk about things they found and stories/legends or beliefs about it. Instead, it was listening to urban legends in other countries. I got another audiobook about haunted artifacts and it was more interested in this. She did go into some further details but I doubt she ever went on an actual archeological dig. It was such a mess and sounds like any other book that talks about legends, myths and superstitions some of which does not seem to be researched very much and the idea that "winners write the history" is a major theme as well as things I already knew
Needless to say I was VERY disappointment as it seemed more like campfire stories that I have heard many times before. It's just a book about mythology, some outdated thinking but does not really have anything to do with actual archeology, though she does used the word archeology when expalining terminology.
A lot of BULL**IT.

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I could have written a better book..

This book is horrible.. Total waste of time and money. I know more about these subjects than the writer, and my research is done on television. The interview with the "paranormal expert friend" was my favorite part. This guy says he was writing fictional ghost stories at age 2! I don't know about you, but wow, that's impressive! Or! a huge crock of s**t. In short, I'm ashamed I bought this, let alone sat through every agonizing minute of it, I wish I was a genius, like when I was 2 years old writing fictional ghost stories, and passed on this horrible literary classic.

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Skip this one, you can thank me later

The title of this one is quite misleading -- very little of this book actually covered archaeological finds. A significant amount of the information focused on historical time periods (not artifacts) that have been covered more interestingly and thoroughly by others (witch trials, the inquisition, Greek and Roman mythologies, etc) before going on at length about pagan mythologies (think the myth of Pan or Odin). I found it to be borderline offensive to include this in a book that allegedly focuses on demons and "evil" -- I mean, aren't we passed demonizing non-Christian and pre-Christian peoples? The reason for the author's choice to include this became abundantly clear, however, as she reveals in the AFTERWORD (after much hemming and hawing and fluffing herself up to be nonbiased) that she is a practicing Christian. This brought an element of clarity to her decision to include a preacher's step by step explanation of how to "walk in warrior mode in faith" to prevent demonic possession in what is allegedly a scholarly and archaeological based work. Laughable. Narrator sounds like a robot and is an excellent remedy for insomnia.

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Very informative

Extremely well researched. Essential reading for anyone interested in paranormal research. It went into great depth. I will read more books by her.

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Wonderful and Scary

Makes you think...an unbiased look at religion and all its evil counterparts and the foundations of.

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A whose who guide to demonology.

Very entertaining and a little freaky. Excellent history, mythology and reference of demons and their cultural origins. Would recommend.

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Excellent information

The author mixes her experience and her knowledge with written accounts from others in the field as well as with interviews with living humans. I see many negative reviews. I belueve these are sponsored by people who don't live with an open mind or that just don't care for this author. I have heard her on cost to cost and fade to black radio with Jimmy Church. She is genuine and knowledgeable. If you don't have the credentials and schooling as this author it's your opinion she is wrong. When dealing with facts as she presents them I find it difficult to say that she's foolish or unknowledgeable.

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In the end, reaches a bit too wide.

I found the overall topic extremely interesting. It is filled with less discussed topics highlighted by the author's professional illumination, research and focus of detail. This was the majority of the book and I enjoyed it very much.

However, the author then went off onto the connecting roads of ghost reports, haunted locations, and psychiatric symptoms, evaluation and treatment / resources. This caused me a couple issues. First, the author although well referenced, was no longer able to speak as an expert and you could hear it. Two, theses topics were very high-level and felt more fluff to fill the pages and less deeply researched. The examples given were rather basic which was in strong contrast to her examples of the archeological literature.

The author did an excellent job as the reader.

Overall, there were parts of this book that sparkled and perhaps, as least for me, the rest of it could have as well should the book have maintained a narrowed scope.

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Saggy in the middle

I’d rather have had another factual based short book than one padded by fake ghost stories. Hardly any archaeological, mostly myth and campy poltergeists.

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  • Mr. T. D. Marsh
  • 08-22-19

Scholarly

I have no idea why this work received negative feedback. True that it is a scholarly work and therefore if you are looking for sensationalism then you will be disappointed. However, this book has been written by someone who clearly has extensive academic knowledge on the subject being discussed.

Highly recommended.

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  • J lockley
  • 10-07-19

interesting subjects

good narrator, interesting subject matter the chapters are not too long so you can easily dip in and out.

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  • Torriderplum
  • 07-18-20

Enjoyed it, well researched

All in all a good listen, some thought provoking stories, well researched and a balanced point of view. Yeah I recommend it

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  • DD
  • 06-27-20

semi-misleading title

if interested in it for the archeology bit, be aware that that discussion is very limited. the rest is not my cup of tea.