Nationalism And Its Influence On Modern Europe During The Late Nineteenth Century

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Pseudoarchaeology likely arose from nationalistic archaeology that was developed in Europe during the late nineteenth century, and shares many of its traits. Similarly, pseudoarchaeology omits facts, can be used to claim identity (Dzino 2012 p.180) or can be used to perpetuate a worldview (Derricourt, 2012). However, unlike nationalistic archaeology, pseudoarchaeology does not have a scientific method (Fagan and Feder 2006 p.727, Flemming 2006 p.50). Due to this, it has the ability to appeal to a wider audience than archaeology by making definitive and sweeping statements about the past, with a satisfying beginning, middle and end — something beyond the scope of real archaeologists (Derricourt 2012 p.525). Furthermore, a lack of solid, coherent and scientifically derived data allows the pseudoarchaeologists to push far-fetched, popular theories, only presenting what they have hand picked to ensure that their explanation seems plausible. A rise in popularity for alternative theories and those fighting against ‘the establishment’s’ uncompromising way of operating has also fuelled the popularity of pseudoarchaeology.
Holtorf’s (2006 p. 545) criticism of the ‘rigid, scientific’ approach to archaeology, is part of why pseudoarchaeology is so popular. The view of science in general has shifted since the 1950s, with public belief that science has become ‘too powerful and dangerous’ (Cole, 1980 p.1). Science and academic institutions are seen by the general public as a…

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