The only way to be sure is to build a time machine, go back and see,
photograph, and document the real deal:-)

Folklore is folklore and is a separate issue to, for example: what a site or
artefact "means".

What really annoys me is defining something with "ritual significance"
instead of saying "don't know; haven't a clue".


"for those who honour the past but love living in the present"

Dan wrote:
Interesting and amusing. But to play devil's advocate for a moment, can we
define 'real archaeology' simply 'by showing what archaeology is not'? The
huge number of 'not archaeology' topics described here are fun, but these
are the easy targets are they not?

Surely there's fuzzier, greyer ground out there which it is more tricky and
interesting to discuss. What happens when we tread into territory like
folklore, oral traditions and other aspects of less 'tangible' heritage
which neither fall under the banner of 'the scientific method', but which
should equally be taken seriously and can connect to and overlap with
archaeological knowledge?

Just a thought. I'll now watch the fireworks commence ;-)


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Subject: [BRITARCH] New website

A new website was launched today.

Two ordinary archaeologists have built a website which seeks to undo decades
of misinformation and stupidity. With a deadly combination of humour, wit
and scientific rigour, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews and James Doeser are
taking a stand against Bad Archaeology.

This regularly updated website joins ranks with the likes of,
standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the war on error, casting light on a past
which others seek to shroud in mystery. Subjects as diverse as Evolution,
Atlantis and Ley Lines are given the treatment in an
attempt to educate and amuse.

Superstition, ignorance and blatant falsehood have gone unchallenged in the
popular media. People continue to make small fortunes by peddling
unsupported claims about a non-existent human past. says

We welcome guest articles on relevant topics and offer a forum for

Keith Fitzpatrick Matthews is Archaeology Officer for North Hertfordshire
District Council and James Doeser is a final year PhD student at the
Institute of Archaeology, University College London

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