SkepticFriends.org The Website for the aptly named Skeptic Friends Network. A series of fun one-liners about various pseudoscientific claims and, even better, a concise description of the scientific method.
Chapter 2: Epistemology: How You Know What You Know
A brief presentation about childbed fever, with a series of statements taken directly from The Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever, written by Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian doctor who solved the mystery.
SkepticFriends.org Click on the links for The Scientific Method and A Field Guide to Critical Thinking. Wonderfully concise discussions to supplement Chapter 2. The link takes you to the Skeptic Friends Network website.
Gerace Research Center, College of the Bahamas. The site has links to a listing of archaeological research and publications related to Bahamian archaeology, including the work of Charles Hoffman at the Long Bay site, where late Spanish artifacts have been found dating to the early voyages of Christopher Columbus.
In her About Archaeology website, K. Kris Hirst provides a useful bibliography on the debate concerning the timing of the first human settlement of the Americas.
The Canadian government's official L'Anse aux Meadows website, with links to brief discussions of the village's founding by the Norse in the late tenth century, the Viking sagas, and the archaeological research conducted at the site that confirms definitively the site's identification as a Norse outpost in the New World five centuries before Columbus.
Read the incredible story of the so-called "Michigan Relics," on this virtual museum exhibit. The actual exhibit was hosted by the Michigan Historical Museum. The relices were clumsy fakes produced in the early 1890s to make money by taking advantage of people's curiosity concerning the ancient inhabitants of the New World.
Chapter 8: Prehistoric E.T.: The Fantasy of Ancient AstronautsEaster Island
Especially useful for an extensive series of links to Easter Island websites as well as breaking news about archaeological work on the island and potential threats to the Moai as a result of recent plans to develop parts of the island.
Webpage presenting the May 2001 NASA press release announcing the most recent (April 2001) image of the Mars Face.
Note: The download can take a long time with a telephone modem, but the full-sized image of the mesa (no, there's no face there at all) is more than worth the wait.
NASA webpage presenting a brief history of the Mars Face phenomenon, including the April 2001 photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, the highest-resolution photos yet taken of the feature. Scroll down to the end of the site for James Garvin's trail map to the top of the mesa.
The University of Pennsylvania Egypt website. There are lots of links to websites on the culture of ancient Egypt, online tutorials on hieroglyphic writing, an encyclopedia of Egyptian deities, and much more.
Chapter 11: Old Time Religion -- New Age VisionCreationism
Website of the National Center for Science Education, an organization devoted to defending the teaching of evolution in public schools. A good source for current events concerning the creation/evolution debate.
A brief, skeptical note regarding the shroud. Click on the link to the carbon 14 graph to see how unlikely it is that recent contamination had contributed to its late-thirteenth/early-fourteenth-century radiocarbon date.
Chapter 12: Real Mysteries of a Veritable PastCave Painters