Forbidden Archaeology (ANT 291) will be organized around the premise that credible ideas about the human past can withstand scrutiny and challenges, while incorrect ideas can be shown to be incorrect. My goal is to give the students the confidence, tools, and information they need to critically evaluate ideas about the past.
As Wolter has written, the Kensington Rune Stone is either a hoax or it's not -- can new interpretations of the stone be falsified? Let's find out!
I think that bringing Wolter to Columbia will greatly enhance the experience for all involved, facilitating a much broader range of interactions with my students than would be possible via remote participation (i.e., though something like Skype).
If you want to help make this happen, please consider contributing to the Scott Wolter Travel Fund.