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Popular fiction is filled with images of archaeologists as daring adventurers who constantly risk life and limb in the pursuit of fabulous antiquities of immense historical and monetary value. There are evil villains, great romances, and unknown perils lurking around every corner. That's the view many people have of archaeology. What is the truth, though, behind the myth a Popular fiction is filled with images of archaeologists as daring adventurers who constantly risk life and limb in the pursuit of fabulous antiquities of immense historical and monetary value. There are evil villains, great romances, and unknown perils lurking around every corner. That's the view many people have of archaeology. What is the truth, though, behind the myth and why have the myths persisted for so long? In this book you'll explore: The fictions surrounding archaeology. Why we as people love and perpetuate those fictions. What the truth behind the fiction really is. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Come along and exlore both. Dr. Scott Viguie holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and storytelling. He is routinely a guest at various science fiction and fantasy conventions, where he contrasts the depiction of archaeology in fiction with reality. He is the creator of Dr. Geek's Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, The Science From Fiction Podcast; where the audience is brought closer to those who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow.


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Popular fiction is filled with images of archaeologists as daring adventurers who constantly risk life and limb in the pursuit of fabulous antiquities of immense historical and monetary value. There are evil villains, great romances, and unknown perils lurking around every corner. That's the view many people have of archaeology. What is the truth, though, behind the myth a Popular fiction is filled with images of archaeologists as daring adventurers who constantly risk life and limb in the pursuit of fabulous antiquities of immense historical and monetary value. There are evil villains, great romances, and unknown perils lurking around every corner. That's the view many people have of archaeology. What is the truth, though, behind the myth and why have the myths persisted for so long? In this book you'll explore: The fictions surrounding archaeology. Why we as people love and perpetuate those fictions. What the truth behind the fiction really is. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Come along and exlore both. Dr. Scott Viguie holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and storytelling. He is routinely a guest at various science fiction and fantasy conventions, where he contrasts the depiction of archaeology in fiction with reality. He is the creator of Dr. Geek's Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, The Science From Fiction Podcast; where the audience is brought closer to those who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow.

44 review for Archaeology in Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori S.

    An entertaining discussion of how archaeology and fiction cross boundaries with each other. Would love to see Dr. Viguie at a con at some point.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lorinda Taylor

    If you’re a fan of Indiana Jones and Daniel Jackson, this book won’t leave you unsatisfied. While it isn’t (and isn’t meant to be) a definitive scholarly look at what archaeology is all about, the facts are well documented and you’ll certainly learn something about what archaeology has accomplished over the centuries and how archaeologists go about their work. One item that I had not encountered before was the discovery of peoples in the Caucasus who place sheep’s fleeces in streams to capture g If you’re a fan of Indiana Jones and Daniel Jackson, this book won’t leave you unsatisfied. While it isn’t (and isn’t meant to be) a definitive scholarly look at what archaeology is all about, the facts are well documented and you’ll certainly learn something about what archaeology has accomplished over the centuries and how archaeologists go about their work. One item that I had not encountered before was the discovery of peoples in the Caucasus who place sheep’s fleeces in streams to capture gold that wash down from the mountains. A possible origin for the Golden Fleece myth! – and an illustration of the importance of knowing both the myths of an ancient culture and the culture of the present day. Actually, though, the most fun thing about the book are the excerpts from the journal of Charles “Tex” Ravencroft, extracted from Scott Viguié’s work-in-progress, Tears of Poseidon. It seems the author is planning to add his own take to the corpus of archaeology in fiction – and it promises to be an entertaining one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I attended this author's presentation at Dragon Con in Atlanta a few years back. He gave a good presentation on a topic similar to the book's subject. I bought his book right after seeing him and it took me a year to get through it, even though it is a slim book. I marked "it's ok" because really, it's just ok. *not horrible. The book reads a lot like a thesis paper. Another reviewer said she enjoyed his excerpts from a fake journal from what I presume is an upcoming fiction work of the author's. I attended this author's presentation at Dragon Con in Atlanta a few years back. He gave a good presentation on a topic similar to the book's subject. I bought his book right after seeing him and it took me a year to get through it, even though it is a slim book. I marked "it's ok" because really, it's just ok. *not horrible. The book reads a lot like a thesis paper. Another reviewer said she enjoyed his excerpts from a fake journal from what I presume is an upcoming fiction work of the author's. I did not like this approach because I felt like it was taking up space. You know, when you make your work double space instead of single space to make it appear longer? Dr. Viguie was an entertaining speaker, but that didn't cross over into his book.

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