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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.

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

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  • Anthony
  • 08-07-2018

A primer!!

A good primer well delivered in a relaxed and humorous way. Professor Johnston tries too hard to paint all scientific endeavours lily white!! Does a good job in exposing the Erik Von Daniken nonsense but is obviously not up to speed on the latest Scientific explorations on the Shroud of Turin. A relaxing and mostly interesting listen but don’t expect to hear anything new

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  • Kyle
  • 27-03-2013

It Takes two or three listens

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
  • 28-10-2010

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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  • E. oberg
  • 12-07-2016

Pleasure and confidence for reliable facts

What made the experience of listening to Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology the most enjoyable?

Susan Johnston is a must if you interesting in archaeological theory and archaeology in general. Her narratives are not only reliable but pleasant at the same time.

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

The way she is reasoning about Erich von Dänikens claims for extraterrestrial interference in past civilizations. I also cannot exclude the existence of other forms of life. However I fully agree that is at least childish to understand complex civilization aspects by repeatedly ascribing them to beings from other planets.