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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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September 21st 2011:Indy’s Footprint: Archaeology, Religion, and the Material Foundations of Western Civilization

Our inaugural episode examines the enduring popularity of the Indiana Jones films and their impact in elevating archaeology’s image over 30 years. While the films exemplify tongue and cheek genre, many fans are convinced that the adventures are grounded in reality. Was Indiana Jones a real person? Was he a composite of several famous archaeologists? A central theme in the films is the quest for material clues that legitimize the Bible, historic accounts of classic western civilization (Greece, Persia, and Rome), and the epigraphy of the prehispanic New World. Can we prove the existence of the

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Eric H. Cline

Dr. Eric H. Cline is Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University. A former Fulbright scholar, Dr. Cline holds degrees in Classical Archaeology (BA, Dartmouth), Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, Yale), and Ancient History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania). His field experience extends for over 25 years in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. He is Associate Director (USA) at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel. Dr. Cline is a prolific author and three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for “Best Popular Book on Archaeology”. He is perhaps best known for
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