Pseudoarchaeology and History in Media: The Danger of Inaccuracy in Pop Culture

By Sydney James

Channels such as the Travel Channel and the History Channel are notorious for creating shows that appear to be historical in nature, but are often filled with inaccuracies for the purpose of raising public interest and viewer counts. These shows include some form of historical or archaeological background, an amateur “expert” in the field, a celebrity for show, and a whole lot of wild speculation. Continue reading “Pseudoarchaeology and History in Media: The Danger of Inaccuracy in Pop Culture”

Community Involvement in Archaeology: Benefits, Obstacles, and Potential

By Sydney James

This past June and July, I was lucky enough to attend the Koobi Fora Field School (KFFS), a paleoanthropological, research-intensive field school run by George Washington University and National Museums of Kenya. Our work took place in northern Kenya, on the eastern shore of Lake Turkana. While we moved camp numerous times over the course of our 6-week stay, one of the most fascinating was in Ileret, a town on the shore of Lake Turkana named after the nearby river. Continue reading “Community Involvement in Archaeology: Benefits, Obstacles, and Potential”

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