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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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December 25th 2013:Holiday Special: the Archaeology of Christmas

The lights are up, the shopping’s (hopefully) done, and Santa’s on his way – yep, it’s finally Christmas! With the growing emphasis on gift-giving and commercialism during the holiday season, it can be hard to remember that Christmas has origins far beyond the rise of Christianity; people have been celebrating winter solstice since the Stone Age and well into antiquity. In fact, a surprising number of continuities exist in the archaeological record between ancient wintertime celebrations, from Neolithic solstice observances to Roman Saturnalia, and our own Christmas pastimes. What can arc

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Michael Laughy

Michael Laughy is Assistant Professor of Classics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire in Philosophy, Anthropology (Archaeology), and Latin, and an MA in Greek and Latin Literature from the Washington University in St. Louis. He received his PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1997, Dr. Laughy’s field work has been mostly focused upon modern and ancient Greece. He currently serves as field supervisor of the Athenian Agora Excavations in Athens, Greece, where he has excavated since 1997. Dr. Laughy’s research interests include the history and archaeology of Arc
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