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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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March 09th 2016:Preserving A Century of Adventure

Before the Enterprise boldly “went where no person had gone before” or Indiana Jones shouted “THAT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!” there was the National Geographic Society. For over 100 years it has embodied a sense of adventure in faraway locales with the goal of changing the world through science and exploration. From the heights of Macchu Picchu to Mayan underwater caves, the Society has a strong commitment to archaeological discovery, preservation, and most importantly, education. The rich experience with cultural heritage demonstrated by the Society is particularly important today when the looting

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Dr. Chris Thornton

Christopher P. Thornton is the Senior Director of Cultural Heritage and interim Vice-Chair of the Committee for Research and Exploration at the National Geographic Society, as well as Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bat in the Sultanate of Oman. An expert in the origins of metallurgy and early complex societies in Iran and Arabia, Chris received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania. After lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University, Dr. Thornton joined National Geographic to oversee research grants. In addition to his role advising the National Geographic Society on issues related to cultural heritage, Chris works closely with Nation
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