Pseudohistorians claim scholars are hostile to innovative ideas. Do they have a point?

Spend any time listening to or reading the words of people in the pseudohistory and pseudoarchaeology worlds, and you will encounter a standard riposte to scholarly objections to their theories and evidence. The scholarly world is a closed shop that suppresses innovative ideas of outsiders—even of its own accredited members—in order to preserve Ivory Tower privileges. My own recent work as a scholar has led me to evaluate whether they might have a point.

Beardmore: The Middle Claim

Excerpted from Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History, by Douglas Hunter, published Sept. 2018 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. On the hot summer night of 16 July 1934, a Canadian National Railways (CNR) train clattering through the boreal gloom of northern Ontario was brought to a sharp halt about four miles southwest of the whistle... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of Champlain’s Astrolabe

The so-called Champlain astrolabe is one of the most recognized and valuable objects in the Canadian Museum of History. But was it ever really Champlain's? In this investigation published in the winter of 2004/2005, I argued the evidence strongly points instead to the Jesuits. My mind hasn't changed.

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