August 24, 2007
Garrett G. Fagan is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. He was educated at
Trinity College, Dublin and McMaster University Canada. His main
research interests lie in the field of Roman History, about which he’s
published numerous scholarly articles. He has lectured widely on topics
in Roman history, and this year coedited From Augustus to Nero: An Intermediate Latin Reader. His newest book is Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudo-archaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public.
In this interview with D.J. Grothe, Garrett Fagan explains the differences between archaeology and pseudoarchaeology, emphasizing how the science of archaeology benefits society. He explores possible motivations of pseudoarchaeologists, and challenges various pseudoarchaeological theories about Atlantis, the origins of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, and about the possible discovery of great pyramids in Bosnia. He also details the various ways that pseudoarchaeology and other pseudoscientific thinking may harm society.