Stephen Williams (archeologist)

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Stephen Williams is an archaeologist at Harvard University, currently holding the title of Peabody Professor of North American Archaeology and Ethnography, Emeritus.[1]

Williams is best known as the author of Fantastic Archaeology (1991) and a course at Harvard based on the same material: misguided theories that have exasperated mainstream archaeologists (Indiana Jones, Lost Atlantis, the Land of Mu, etc.). He also discusses claims made in the Book of Mormon about the prehistoric Americas. The book was criticized by Latter-day Saint researcher John L. Sorenson for, among other things, relying too heavily upon the writings of Fawn Brodie and Dan Vogel and ignoring of the work of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies in the study of the archaeology of the Book of Mormon.[2]

Notable students[edit]


  • Williams, Stephen (1954), An Archaeological Study of the Mississippian Culture in Southeast Missouri, PhD dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Yale University, University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Williams, Stephen, Fantastic Archaeology: The Wild Side of North American Prehistory (1991)
  • Williams, Stephen, Excavations at the Lake George Site, Yazoo Country, Mississippi, 1958-1960 (2004; Series: Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology)