- By Phyllis Gunderson

The Mounds Anomaly

  • Title: The Mounds Anomaly
  • Author: Phyllis Gunderson
  • ISBN: 9781462111978
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mounds Anomaly Mathilda Matt Howard can t resist a good mystery So when one falls into her hands she relentlessly pieces the clues together to figure out the answer It all starts with a forgotten coin that Matt fin

    Mathilda Matt Howard can t resist a good mystery So when one falls into her hands, she relentlessly pieces the clues together to figure out the answer It all starts with a forgotten coin that Matt finds in her old excavating backpack But when she takes it to a colleague, it s instantly branded a fake from one of the greatest hoaxes ever to occur in America.UndeterredMathilda Matt Howard can t resist a good mystery So when one falls into her hands, she relentlessly pieces the clues together to figure out the answer It all starts with a forgotten coin that Matt finds in her old excavating backpack But when she takes it to a colleague, it s instantly branded a fake from one of the greatest hoaxes ever to occur in America.Undeterred by the skepticism, Matt begins to dig for the truth, leading her to ancient ruins in Illinois and Michigan But just as she makes some headway in her research, she is stopped again and again by those who don t want the truth out a truth that could change the entire world s history.Full of intrigue and action, The Mounds Anomaly will change the way you think about ancient American history.

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    1. I am fascinated by archaeology. The past holds many mysteries that are waiting to be unlocked. Whenever someone finds pieces of the past, questions are answered and sometimes more questions are revealed.When the opportunity came for me to review this book, I jumped on it. To have someone delve into the mystery of ancient American history is not something that is typically found. The reasons for this are stated in the book, many findings have been marked as a huge and elaborate hoax.I enjoyed Phy [...]

    2. A couple years ago my husband read a few books on pre-Colombian connections between the New World and the Old World, so I’d heard of the mound builders, Haplogroup X mitochondrial DNA, and the Smithsonian Institution’s dismissal of artifacts that didn’t fit existing archeological theories. Kudos to Gunderson for writing an entertaining novel about it. Gunderson provided an interesting narrator, Matt (Matilda) Howard, and kept the story moving at a good pace. It wasn’t so gripping that I [...]

    3. I love anomalies don’t you? To save you having to look up anomaly let me just help you out with a definition as it applies to archaeology. It’s when someone finds something like an ancient cave that seems to contain Egyptian style artifacts in North America. The main character in “The Mounds Anomaly” is an eccentric, sarcastic, middle-aged archaeology professor named Mathilda (Matt) Howard. She’s exactly like Indiana Jones – except for a few major differences. He’s good-looking and [...]

    4. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this story of an iconoclastic archeologist, Matt Howard ("Matt" legally changed her name from "Matilda"). But this suspense wound up being surprisingly enjoyable. In fact, it reminded me strongly of Elizabeth Peter's novels, which is about as high a compliment as I can pay it. Matt Howard and Amelia Peabody would have gotten along swimmingly. The story opens well, with Matt excavating an archeological site in Iran. But after thieves drive them out, Matt re [...]

    5. While I am not an archaeologist, I find archaeological mysteries fascinating, so when I heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it. And the book did not disappoint. Matt (formerly Matilda) is a delightful character full of bluntness, determination, and snide remarks. In addition to the mystery aspects of the story, I snorted my way through Matt's comments about everything. For example, when describing herself she says, "My middle name is perversity. My first name used to be Matilda, due t [...]

    6. The book was interesting, but not very entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed the prospect of the archaeological discoveries, but they were only vaguely explored. I would have either appreciated more literary license to make the encounters/conspiracy more adventurous, OR sticking with the facts and doing a non-fiction study of the artifacts that have been found. While trying to do both the character distracts from the archaeology and the facts tie that hands of the story and prevent it from going an [...]

    7. This was a very interesting book. Matt (Matilda) Howard is an ethnoarchaeologist and a teacher. When Matt was younger she was on a dig in Nippur and she finds an ancient coin. Matt puts it in her backpack and forgets about it for many years. When she finds it again, Matt takes it to a colleague, he tells her that it is a fake. Matt doesn't believe him and decides to do research on her own. She finds out some very interesting things that lead her to several mysteries. This was a good book. I real [...]

    8. Loved it!! You may not and I would understand, it is a lot of information and a conspiracy theory all in one but it was so much fun. The science was done in such a way it was interesting. The 'Mormon' interest was clear for members and not overwhelming for the unfamiliar. I loved Mat, she was a quirky character. I hope the scientific world looks into this. If there was more shooting it could be a movie!No language, violence included a snake bite, no sex.

    9. I loved the heroine of “The Mounds Anomaly” so much I wanted to invite her to lunch. Bright, snarkly, and honest, her first person POV voice rings true on every page of his well-paced short novel. Her description of archaeological sites made me believe the author had climbed forts and crawled through caves. And if that’s not enough in her author’s notes Gunderson provides a chapter by chapter “Separating Fact from Fiction” and a useful bibliography for the reader’s own research.

    10. This is a very enjoyable book. This book is well researched and brings up a very viable question. Why are these archaeological finds in the United States basically ignored or argued as not being important? The characters were very real and interesting. They are people I would like to meet. The tale is woven with good questions, some theology, real problems and an interesting plot line.

    11. I like Matt Howard's character. This is a very interesting story, but it feels like it ends without a very good conclusion. It mirrors real life which doesn't have a resolution - acceptance by American archeologists of an ancient advanced society. Mound builders and stone forts and other interesting artifacts exist which point to an advanced society.

    12. Phllis Gunderson is one of my favorite authors and her independent, no-nonsense character, archeologist Matt Howard, continues to delight in The Mounds Anomaly. Matt's adventures are based on sound research and shed new light on early North American history.

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