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Deconstructing the Echo Chamber – why arguing with the ridiculous is important

In my line of study, you end up coming across a broad range of very unpalatable opinions. The 'Anglo-Saxons' and 'Vikings' are tied up within a toxic popular imagination of Nationalism and White Supremacy, built partially on deliberate misinterpretation of history and mythology. Archaeology has been misused for political aims for centuries, and I have … Continue reading Deconstructing the Echo Chamber – why arguing with the ridiculous is important

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Aliens in Archaeology: Dangerous, Not Just Stupid

Photo by ZCH on Pexels.com Archaeology attracts all types, which is a wonderful thing. What is less wonderful, however, is the consistent conspiracy-theory trend for alien intervention in ancient archaeology. I'm arguing here that this shouldn't be ignored simply as a laughable fringe but should be tackled head-on, because of its serious implications. There are … Continue reading Aliens in Archaeology: Dangerous, Not Just Stupid

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The ‘New Chronology’ – the World’s Craziest Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theorists are the bane of the academic. After years of research, experimentation and peer-review, some random person on the internet appears and instantly disregards your work, choosing to accept a sinister cover-up instead. I've written before about how these conspiracy theories can often be actively damaging and dangerous, rather than simply laughable. But today, … Continue reading The ‘New Chronology’ – the World’s Craziest Conspiracy Theory