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Why are we still here? SFI President Jerry Sabloff on pseudo-archaeology and the Mayan doomsday

Dec. 19, 2012 10:27 a.m.

On the eve of the Mayan apocalypse SFI President Jerry Sabloff, an archaeologist and expert on the Mayans, takes on pseudo-archaeology, scientific literacy, and the Mayan apocalypse.

Listen to his interview here (December 20, 2012)

From the pyramids at Giza to the perfectly fitted stone walls of the Inka to the beautiful carved monuments of the Maya, the remarkable objects of the ancient world have given rise to immense speculation about their creators, says Sabloff.

While archaeologists usually have been able to show that the wonders were created by local peoples, there exists a strong popular belief that they were the work of exotic peoples – from ancient space travelers to one of the Lost Tribes of Israel.

His interview examines the nature of these pseudo-archaeological explanations and answers the question "Why didn't the world end on Friday, December 21, 2012?"

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