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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 10th 2012:On the Eve of Destruction: The Magnificent Archaeological Complex at Mes Aynak (Afghanistan)

The complex of Mes Aynak represents one of the most spectacular archaeological treasures in the world. Situated in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Mes Aynak is South Asia's earliest mining complexes and distribution centers. This 2,600 year old city was also the center of Buddhist monasteries that flourished at around the time of Christ. Today the entire site is in danger of destruction because of pressure to develop this ancient mining site into the most profitable copper mine in a country. Archaeologists have been working on the site for several years, but their efforts have been uneven, often

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Brent E. Huffman

Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. He is also an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. His work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera. He has been making social issue documentaries and environmental films for more than a decade in Asia, Africa and Middle East. Huffman was also an editor of Julia Reichert’s and Steven Bognar’s Primetime Emmy winning PBS documentary series A Lion in the House about children battling cancer. He also recently completed a book about his experiences in China
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Dr. Rita Wright

Dr. Rita Wright is an anthropological archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at New York University. She received her B.A. at Wellesley College (1975), her M.A and PhD at Harvard University (1978 and 1984, respectively). She conducted her field research in South Asia and the Near East examining urbanism, state formation, gender relations, exchange networks and cultural heritage. Dr. Wright participated in excavations in Iran at Tal-l Malyan, ancient Anshan, Mehrgarh in Baluchistan, Pakistan, and the city of Harappa in Pakistan. She also conducts a survey of the northern areas of Afghanistan to identify archaeological sites involved in the trade of lapis lazuli and more recently coppe
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