Those Damn Victorians at it Again, or Why so Many Fakes in the 19th Century?

If you follow this blog or podcast for any amount of time you've probably noticed that a lot of the things we cover can be traced back to 19th-century ideas. I'm not saying we should blame the Victorians for everything dealing with pseudo-archaeology, but I'm not saying we shouldn't either. What was going on during... Continue Reading →

Where the Vikings Weren’t – Beardmore Relics

This week we have another puzzler, unlike the Wisconsin Viking Horse Skull, we know these artifacts are real. The question becomes, how did they get here? In 1930 or 1931, a gold prospector named James Edward Dodd was prospecting just south of the Blackwater River (Elliott 1941a:254.) Dodd says while prospecting he blew up an old... Continue Reading →

The 10 Most Not-So-Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: The Ica Stones

As we move on down the line of the 10 most not-so-puzzling ancient artifacts, we come to the Ica Stones. These are perhaps the most perplexing to me, since I don't understand how anyone can look at these and think they are real. These little gems range in size from cobbles to boulders, and depict a wide variety of images... Continue Reading →

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