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Beliefs in aliens, Atlantis are on the rise

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Science  12 Apr 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6436, pp. 110-111
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6436.110

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Summary

Beliefs in "pseudoarchaeology"—ancient aliens, Atlantis, and other myths—are on the rise. In 2018 41% of Americans believed that aliens visited Earth in the ancient past, and 57% believed that Atlantis or other advanced ancient civilizations existed. These outlandish beliefs have been circulating for decades, and archaeologists are now mobilizing to counter them. They are taking to Twitter, blogs, podcasts, YouTube, and newspapers to debunk false claims and explain real archaeological methods, and they plan to compare notes this week during a symposium at the Society for American Archaeology meeting. These researchers hope to provide a curious public with real scientific information and reveal pseudoarchaeology's racist roots.