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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 31st 2014:Spreading the Word: Writing About Archaeology and Interviewing Archaeologists

There are multiple movies such as Indiana Jones, The Mummy, Tomb Raider, and The Exorcist that depict archaeologists and archaeology. In these films, archaeologists serve as the connection that allows the past to interact with the present, usually in fantastical ways. These archaeologically themed fictions bring popularity to the field, but how is the real story and the importance of the research really conveyed to non-archaeologists? Mr. Samir Patel is the deputy editor of Archaeology magazine and part of his job is communicating the real and fantastical findings happening in the field. He co

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Samir S. Patel

Samir S. Patel is a science journalist, photographer, and editor based in Brooklyn. In addition to his full-time work as Deputy Editor at Archaeology, his work has appeared in Nature, The New York Times, Discover,Outside, Seed, Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Magazine, and ArtAsiaPacific, among other publications. He has reported from all over the world—India, the South Pacific, Tanzania, Brazil, Australia, and more—and has covered a wide range of topics, including climate change, art conservation, neuroscience, chemistry, wildlife biology, business, ecoterrorism, and, of course, archaeology. Samir is an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, and an accomplished
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