That Old Indiana Jones Cliché

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Indiana Jones is a terrible example of an archaeologist.  There, I said it.  Not only does he promote the notion that his shenanigans are perfectly normal activities for an archaeologist, Indiana Jones is pretty much a glorified looter.  Yes, I realize I’m lambasting a fictional character, but this character has generated interest in archaeology while also being destructive to the field.  Last week was the start of a new semester and I had my students go around the room and relate why they wanted to take the course and what they hoped to learn.  Roughly 80 to 90 percent of my students cited Indiana Jones as the reason for taking Introduction to Archaeology.  A part of me is grateful that so many young people are interested in learning about archaeology, but I fear disappointing them when they discover it’s not quite as swashbuckling and Nazi-punching a field as depicted in…

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Women in Archaeology Podcast: The Shutdown

The Women in Archaeology Podcast: The Shutdown (Click Here to listen at Womeninarchaeology.com or download the episode from itunes)

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Join us as we take a closer look at what the shutdown means for archaeologists, public lands, and the consequences that will likely stretch into the rest of 2019.

Show Notes:

Government Contractors such as archaeologists

Human Waste Issues

Agency plans during shutdown: see how each agency is handling the shutdown and how you are affected.

How congress can trump Trump

Economic Effects

Why we need more public archaeology programs . . .

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I actually had this conversation at a party–okay, it’s a little exaggerated, but this person really had skull fragments and artifacts from a site he visited back in the 1970s.  He said the site had been badly looted, so what did it matter if he took stuff, too?  Everyone else was doing it.  I kept hinting at repatriation and how wrong it is to steal artifacts, but it fell on deaf ears.  People need to understand that it’s both unethical and illegal to remove artifacts from archaeological sites.  It doesn’t matter if ‘everyone is doing it.’