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The Maya and pseudo-archaeology
Directions: Watch the three video clips below and answer the following questions. Organize
your response into an essay format, with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a
conclusion. The submission should be 1 page, cite the video clips when quoting or paraphrasing,
use parenthetical citation for the reading articles , and (Mod 2) when using the lecture PPT. This is
not a research paper, so there is no need for a cover page or work cited page.
1. According to the TED Ed Talk, what are the problems with the pseudo-archeology?
2. How are these misconceptions about the Maya played out in the video clip of Ancient Aliens?
3. What are the engineering marvels created by the Maya and how does pseudo-archaeology
undermine these achievements?
4. How might impact of pseudo-archaeology play into racist stereotypes of Latinx and other
non-white cultures? (Think back to Module 0 TED Talk on the dangers of the single story)
Video Clips:
1. Ancient Aliens: MAYAN ARTIFACTS PROVE ALIEN VISITATION (Season 14)
History Channel, Apr 25, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnundFKmMXg (Links to an external site.)
(3:30 minutes)
1. Aliens & archaeology: why do we get history wrong on purpose? | Sarah Kurnick
TEDx Talk, Nov 3, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAdFr5FOzGk&t=507s (Links to an external site.)
0-3:20, 5:22-8:24, 11:15-12:20 (7 minutes)
1. Engineering an Empire: The Maya (24:30 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE65Y8-CvQs (Links to an external site.)
Palenque 11:30-28:06
Chichen Itza 32:30-35:08, 35:50-39:27

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