Molly E Odell
Deals with depictions of archaeology by and for non-archaeologists and implication of those depictions at the intersection of archaeology, the human past, and popular culture.
Since Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark hit the big screens in 1981, generations of students have been drawn to the adventure and thrill of archaeology. But Indiana Jones is far from a good archaeologist – or even a good person – so why has his story become an enigma for archaeology? By examining Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, and the archaeological characters in movies such as Planet of the Apes, Stargate, and The Body, we will explore what archaeologists actually do, the ethics archaeologists follow and struggle with, and why these characters get misrepresented in pop culture. We will also explore why environmental collapse, national identity, and social revolution are common themes in archaeological movies and why anybody should care.
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Class assignments and grading
The final project will be the production of a short archaeological film with a small group.