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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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November 13th 2013:Why Archaeology Matters: A Crisis in Federal Funding of Archaeological Research

On September 30, 2013 House Representatives Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith published an article in USA Today that criticized government funding of science research through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Many of the projects they questioned were from the social and behavioral sciences. The article generated an outcry in the academic community, including archaeologists, of whom several published replies via personal blogs and professional websites. The article even generated a Twitter hashtag #WhyArchMatters. The debate generated by the Congressmen’s short article is indicative of a lar

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Dr. Rosemary A. Joyce

Dr. Rosemary Joyce of Central America employed material things in actively negotiating their place in society. She is especially interested in the use of representational imagery to create and reinforce gendered identities, especially in Classic Maya monumental art and glyphic texts, and Formative period monumental and small-scale images. Much of her published work is concerned with the use of representational imagery to create and reinforce gendered identities, and includes examinations of Classic Maya monumental art and glyphic texts, and of Formative period monumental and small-scale images. Dr. Joyce specializes in the study of ceramics, including analysis of the functional implica
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Dr. Adam T. Smith

Adam T. Smith is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University and Director of Graduate Studies for the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies. He is also a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU. Smith holds a Ph.D. (1996) and M.A. (1993) from the University of Arizona's Department of Anthropology and an M.Phil. (1991) from the Social and Political Science Faculty at Cambridge University. He is the recipient of research awards from an array of public and private institutions including the National Science Foundation. Dr. Smith is a co-founder of the joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and
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Dr. James Doyle

Dr. James Doyle is a post-doctoral associate in Pre-Columbian Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. His expertise lies in the civilizations of the Ancient Americas, particularly the Preclassic Period (ca. 1000 BC – AD 250) in the Maya Lowlands in the Yucatan Peninsula. His interests include emerging politics, monumental art and architecture, urbanism, landscape, performance, and human/environmental interaction, among others. He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and Brown University, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in northern Guatemala. For more informa
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