What Archaeologists Really Think About Ancient Aliens, Lost Colonies, And Fingerprints Of The Gods

It’s no secret that far more people watch TV shows like the History Channel’s ‘Ancient Aliens’ than attend lectures by professional archaeologists and historians.  Millions of people tune in to watch TV series and docu-dramas with a questionable grip on facts about the past.  The stories spun by producers and writers may have some basis in truth, but they’re largely stories — they’re compelling stories, though, and they’re aimed at a general audience the way that most academic output isn’t.

People are also reading books about ancient aliens and other forms of pseudoarchaeology, according to archaeologist Donald Holly. He starts a recent open-access book review section in the journal American Antiquity by asking archaeologists to entertain the idea of pseudoarchaeology — just for a little bit — so that we can create better teachable moments, whether we’re talking to students or to anyone interested in our jobs.  People who read these books are not ignorant or obstinate, he points out, but rather undecided about alternative archaeological explanations and clearly interested in understanding the past. Read more.


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With the launch of the successful Sketching from the Imagination: Sci-fi earlier this year, we thought it would be apt to run a competition with a sci-fi theme! With that in mind, we’ve invited incredible illustrator and concept artist Jakub Rebelka to be the judge of 3dtotal’s first sketching contest!

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Paying tribute to one of Agent Scully’s favorite phrases, “Mulder, It’s Me!” by Alex Solis is currently one of the highest scoring submissions in our brand new X-Files design challenge with Loot Crate! Here’s what Alex had to say about his design:

“This one is for the X-files fans. Here is a little video for reference. :D”