Date: December 16, 2011 07:32PM
These articles are interesting and valuable because they are from professional scientists who are challenging pseudo-archaeology claims often made by Mormons.
Here is the link for the first of the Skeptical Inquirer articles. It is now available online.
Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Realityhttp://www.csicop.org/si/show/civilizations_lost_and_found_fabricating_history_-_part_one_an_alternate_re/
This is the DVDhttp://deseretbook.com/Lost-Civilization-North-America-Digital-Legend/i/5042376
Here are some links to background information about this and upcoming articles.
An earlier statement about the DVD "Lost Civilizations of North America"http://ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com/2010/12/commentary-on-lost-civilizations-of.html
"As scholars committed to increasing public understanding of Native American history and archaeology, we want to make it clear that we do not support the theories presented in “The Lost Civilizations of North America” DVD. In our opinion, there is no compelling archaeological or genetic evidence for a migration from the Middle East to North America a few thousand years ago, nor is there any credible scientific evidence that Old World civilizations were involved in developing Native American cultures in pre-Columbian times."
Info about the Skeptical Inquirer articleshttp://ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com/2011/08/civilizations-lost-and-found-response.html
"Perhaps the most important take-home message in the entire series of articles is that "…there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that the cultural developments exhibited in the archaeological record [of North America]… were in any way inspired by visitors or migrants from Africa, Europe, or Asia." And, in view of my recent appearance on the television program Ancient Aliens, we could have added "visitors or migrants from other planets" to that list!"
About the next Skeptical Inquirer article in the serieshttp://ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com/2011/10/responding-to-lost-civilizations-of.html
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