DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 15: Lost Mayan Technology with James O’Kon

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ArchaeoEngineer James A. O’Kon, the author of The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology is here to discuss some of the astonishing discoveries he’s made while researching the technological innovations of the Mayan culture. O’Kon, who has spent years in the field, has uncovered evidence of Mayan suspension bridges, concret manufacturing and more. Prepare to have everything you think you know about this ancient civilization challenged.

7 Comments on "DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 15: Lost Mayan Technology with James O’Kon"

  1. really good interview
    it answered some questions I had about Mayan technology
    but it’s not in the Mayan 2012 genre
    just engineering and science

  2. Hi Matt, good podcast. Keep them coming. Question. I know its been a while but, is it my imagination or the first episode with 
    Raymond Wiley was a little weird? Just curious.

  3. GregForest | Jul 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

    Lost Mayan technology? Well the wheeled cart won’t be on the list.

  4. Another well-executed interview and
    interesting episode!
    However, as I happen to be trained as an
    archaeologist, I would like to clarify the perspective of
    ‘mainstream’ archaeological science, just so other listeners don’t
    get the wrong idea. ‘Stone age’, as used by archaeologists, is not a
    pejorative; it is simply one among many descriptive frameworks for
    classifying a culture, each of which has benefits and limitations
    depending upon the particular question that is being addressed.

    As for the matter of conservatism in
    archaeological interpretation, in cases where the material culture is
    all we have to base our interpretations upon, there are often
    multiple plausible possibilities. So, as good scientists,
    archaeologists are very cautious in accepting definitive claims
    without extensive comparative evidence to support them.
    All that
    being said, I appreciate the exhaustive work Mr. O’Kon has done, and
    look forward to reading his book.

  5. Icekingjr | Jul 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm |

    um, the direct dl points to the podcast before (again) 

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