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HUM 103 Alternative Archaeology: A Critical Look

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Was the Great Pyramid built by extraterrestrials or by engineers from a global super civilization that vanished at the end of the Ice Age? Or, was it built by the muscle, sweat and ingenuity of ancient Egyptians 4,500 years ago? With a close eye on the archaeological evidence, cover a smorgasbord of conflicting but compelling narratives that are unacceptable to mainstream archaeologists, but have carved out a niche in popular culture. Also, examine the history of some persistent themes in alternative archaeology and their roots in, for example, 19th century millennialism, and the pulp fiction of the 1920s and 1930s.

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