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Lost American Antiquities: A Hidden History (Hardcover)

Lost American Antiquities: A Hidden History (Hardcover)

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Date Added: Sunday 16 February, 2014

by Fred J Fagergren

I was very disappointed but perhaps it was my fault because of how I read the title page and cover descriptions of the book. As a member of the LDS faith, an archaeologist/anthropologist and someone who once had direct responsibility for two different Mound Building Culture sites, I was anticipating a scholarly discussion of additional facts about the Mound Building Cultures, rather than a discussion of how these cultures may not have been investigated adequately. I was also disappointed in the layout and editing of the book. The chapters were often disjointed in that they did not connect clearly with the materials before or after other chapters. I would emphasize one particularly bad point of editing: On page 261, the author quotes the same paragraph twice. Other than one paragraph hyphenating the word "anti-Christian" and the second quote using "antiChristian," the quotes are identical and for no apparent purpose!

I was also disappointed with chapters on property rights, for example, that has nothing to do with Lost Antiquities, except perhaps as a criticism of the men who are discussed in the book.

Other than a conveying the author's disappointment with prominent men of the 1800's and their shaping or misshaping of American Archaeology and Ethnology, I was left with a sense that I had missed the purpose of the book.

The book is not a "Hidden History" of Lost American Antiquities but rather a suggestion that there is a hidden history found through the actions of specific men of the 1800's - an argument against the politics and men of these early sciences.

I love the Mound Building Cultures. Who they were, why they did all that they did and the amazing remains that exist still today are wondrous and it is true there is so much we do not yet know. Unfortunately, this book did not contribute any additional information about these cultures.

Had I understood the true contents of the book, I would have saved my money.

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]

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