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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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May 02nd 2012:The Archaeologist as a Novelist: Communicating the Message

A common refrain amongst archaeologists is that they often manage to make an exciting topic remarkably mundane. The fact is that a number of archaeologists have moonlighted as fiction writers, imbuing their research with a flare that makes their work spring to life. We discuss this theme with Michael Gear and his partner Kathleen O'Neal Gear, two best-selling authors and award-winning archaeologists whose fictional works dominate the field. They offer their insights into the world of archaeological novels and discuss the role of ancient cultures at the nexus of reality and imagination.

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Kathleen O’Neal

Kathleen O’Neal received her B.A. from California State University in Bakersfield, and her M.A. from California University in Chico. She conducted PhD studies at the University of California in LA and did post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. In the 80’s she worked for the US Department of Interior as the Wyoming State Historian, and later as the Archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska. She has twice been the recipient of the federal government’s “Special Achievement Award” for outstanding management of our nation’s cultural heritage. She has been writing full-time since 1986 and has over 100 non-fiction publications in the fields of archaeology and h
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Michael Gear

Michael Gear received his B.A. and M.A. at Colorado State University specializing in physical anthropology. Around the same time he wrote his first novel. And in all he has published 12 novels and coauthored with Kathleen 23 novels on various historical and anthropological themes. His “Morning River” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and the National Book Award in 1998. And currently the Gears are working on the story for their next prehistory book, “The People of the Thunder,” a novel set as Moundville, Alabama in 1300s. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Wind River Archaeological Consultants.
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