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Archaeology Society meeting to discuss ‘Archaeological Fakes and Frauds’


CAVE CREEK – Learn more about the facts of ancient history at the April 12 Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting.

Matt Peeples will present ‘Archaeological Fakes and Frauds in Arizona and Beyond’. Depictions of archaeology in popular culture are full of dubious tales of ancient extraterrestrials, lost civilizations, giants, and widespread scientific conspiracy. In this talk, Peeples explores such fantastic claims focusing in particular on a few popular claims here in Arizona. Peeples’ presentation goal is not to simply “debunk” these claims but to further explore how and why pseudoscientific claims take hold in the popular imagination and what can be done about it.

PhD. Matthew Peeples is an assistant professor and archaeologist in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University, research director for the ASU Center for Archaeology and Society, and a research associate and frequent collaborator with the non-profit preservation organization Archaeology Southwest in Tucson, Arizona. Peeples received his B.A. in Anthropology from University of Texas at Austin and his graduate M.A. and PhD. studies in Anthropology from Arizona State University.  He conducts field and lab research focused on the greater Cibola region in New Mexico and Arizona and also collaborates on several large projects focused on synthesizing settlement data from across the United States Southwest and Mexican Northwest.  One of his major collaborative projects involves the use of social network analysis to explore how pre-Hispanic indigenous farmers survived and thrived in this unpredictable arid environment and what lessons their successes and failures can offer those of us living here today.

The April 12 meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with refreshments available starting at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the community building at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

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