What do you think was the primary motive for this hoax?

Discussion 2: The Piltdown Hoax Instructions:

This discussion is based on Chapter 4 of Kenneth Feder’s Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries book. Please craft a well-thought-out response that addresses the following prompt. Responses must be thought-provoking, demonstrate an understanding of the material, and answer all of the questions posed in the prompt. Using examples from the Feder text or external resources (with citation) to illustrate your point is ideal. This response is worth 6 points. A good response will have a minimum of 300 words. To get a full 10 points, you must comment on two submissions made by your fellow classmates.

Comments on your classmates’ posts should be brief and directly address what they have posted. Do you agree or disagree with their response? Why or why not? What was something interesting this student said? Why? etc. Please refrain from making simple statements and make sure to elaborate on your submission and responses; a good student response will have a minimum of 150 words.

Do not post a blank post before your submission as a way to see other student responses–points will be deducted if you do this.

Prompt: What do you think was the primary motive for this hoax? What was the goal for the hoax? How was this hoax successful / why did people believe it? What was the impact of the “find” on the scientific understanding of the past? Do you think archaeologists would be fooled by this hoax today? Do you think modern archeologists can be fooled by any hoaxes considering the modern technology we now have available to assess the legitimacy of artifacts and skeletons? Why or why not?


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