LOST TRIBES AND SUNKEN CONTINENTS
ANT2149 Fall 2004
Dr. Michael Moseley


Was God an astronaut? Did space travelers establish ancient civilization? Were the Mound Builders of North America descendants of the lost tribes of Israel? Are Aztec and Inca pyramids related to those of dynastic Egypt?

This course is a critical examination of why society asks such questions, and how archaeologists go about answering them. The focus is upon long distance contact and diffusion between alien people and cultures, why contact is fancifully perceived, how it in fact occurs, and what evidence survives.

Lecture topics include:
1) Why Lost Tribes, Sunken Continents, and Chariots of the Gods?
2) Assessing Diffusion and Contact.
3) The Builders of Great Zimbabwe.
4) The Moundbuilder Myth.
5) Pyramid Builders.
6) The Bearded Gods.
7) Evolution of Civilization.
8) Eskimos and Norsemen
9) Conquests and Colonization.
10) Gods from Outer Space.

Required reading:
1) Mark Twain, CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT*
2) Herman Melville, TYPEE*
3) Paul Bahn ARCHAEOLOGY A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION
4) Kenneth Feder, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries

5) Packet of articles from Custom Copies

* Note: These two titles should be read with less attention to detail than should the other required material.

Requirements:                                                                        Grading:
1) Read Texts, course packet, & reserve readings                     1) Weekly Quizzes 10%
2) Weekly Quizzes                                                                   2) Two Mid- Term exams 50%
3) Two Mid-Term Examinations                                               3) Final exam 40%
                                                                                                4) One Final examination 100%

 

This syllabus is subject to change. Please listen in lecture and check the class website for updates.

 

Announcements and updates will be posted on the class website at:

http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/moseley/ltonline/losttribes.html

 

Student ID codes for the course will be assigned during the first exam. After this point, grades will be posted on the class website by your class ID number. If you lose your code, email your TA with your name and UF ID number (selira@ufl.edu). If you wish to know your quiz grades before the first exam, see your TA during office hours.


 

 

Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents Schedule of Lectures and Readings

You should prepare for class each week by reading the assigned material listed for that day (e.g. read the assignment listed under August 30 before class on the 30th.)

 

* Read materials marked with a * with attention to concepts demonstrated in the book rather than to details of the story.

 

** Read materials marked with ** critically; do they follow the scientific method ?


August 23

Lecture: Introduction
Film: The Bermuda Triangle

Readings:

   Feder  – chapter 1

   Bahn  – chapters 1-3     

August 30

Lecture: Why Lost Tribes, Sunken Continents, and Chariots of the Gods?
Film: The Search for Atlantis

Readings:

   Feder – chapter 2 and 8

   Packet – “Why Lost Tribes?” (Moseley)

 

September 6 - NO CLASS - Labor Day 

September 13

Lecture: Invention of the "Indian"
Film: Red Paint People
Reading:

   Feder – chapter 5

   Bahn – chapters 4-5

   Packet – “White Man’s Indian” (Berkhofer)
 
September 20

Lecture: Critical Thinking & the Scientific Method; Why Lost Tribes
Film: Nova: Vikings in America

Readings:

   Feder – chapter 4, pages 133-146 of chapter 6, pages 252-254 of chapter 10

   Bahn – chapter 6-7

   Packet – “A Field Guide to Critical Thinking” (Lett)

                  “The Persistent Popularity of the Paranormal” (Lett)

 

September 27

Lecture: Assessing Diffusion and Contact
Film: First Contact

Readings:

   Feder – chapter 3

   Bahn – chapters 8-10

   Packet – "Assessing Diffusion" (Moseley)
 
October 4 - FIRST MID-TERM EXAM

October 11

Lecture: The Moundbuilder Myth
Film: Odyssey: Myths and Moundbuilders

Readings:

   Feder – chapter 7

   Packet - "Fort Ancient: Citadel or Coliseum?" (Essenpreis & Moseley)

                 "The Moundbuilder Myth" (Moseley)

   Twain – begin reading Connecticut Yankee*
 
October 18

Lecture: Pyramid Builders
Film: National Geographic: Pyramids of Egypt

Readings:

   Feder – pages 106-133 of chapter 6

   Packet - "Diffusion: Evidence and Process" (Kelly)
   Twain – finish reading Connecticut Yankee*
 
October 25

Lecture: The Bearded Gods
Film: Nova: Secrets of Easter Island

Readings:

   Packet - "The Bearded Gods Speak" (Heyerdahl )**
                 "Symbolic Archeology on Easter Island" (Van Tilberg)

November 1

Lecture: Eskimo and Norsemen
Film: Nannuk of the North

Readings:

   Feder – pages 95-104 of chapter 5, pages 106-133 of chapter 6

   Packet - "History of Norse Greenland" (Kleivan)

                 "1491"  (Mann)

November 8 - SECOND MID-TERM EXAM


November 15
Lecture: The Builders of Great Zimbabwe

Film: Footsteps: Zimbabwe
Readings:

   "Great Zimbabwe" (Hall)
   "Zimbabwe: The Dark Continent Myth" (Robbins)

 

November 22

Lecture: Evolution of Civilization
Film: TBA

Readings:

   Packet – "Tiwanaku and its Hinterland" (Kolata)
   Melville – begin reading Typee* 

November 29

Lecture: Conquests and Colonization
Film: Death March of De Soto

Readings:

   Packet – "Peru's Five Hundred Year Earthquake" (Oliver-Smith)
   Melville – finish reading Typee*
 
December 6

Lecture: Castaways & Gods From Outer Space
Film: The Lost Tribe: Tasaday

Readings:

   Feder – chapter 9, pages 299-309 of chapter 12

   Packet – "Stonehenge Astronomy: Anatomy of a Modern Myth" (Chippendale)
                 "The Nazca Lines: Patterns in the Desert" (Aveni)

Classes end December 8. A review session will be scheduled during this week.

 

December 15 - FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Turlington L005