Sifting Myths for Truths About Our World

Science  27 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5726, pp. 1261-1262
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111126

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When They Severed Earth from Sky How the Human Mind Shapes Myth. By Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Paul T. Barber. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2004. 310 pp. $29.95, £18.95. ISBN 0-691-09986-3.

The authors, archaeologists, argue that myths contain elements of truth about the natural world and that we can use them as artifacts of sorts.