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Article: Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema

In his article Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema, historian Mark A. Hall looks at how archaeology and archaeologists are depicted in popular cinema and considers how the recurring themes of cultural appropriation, cultural imperialism, and emphasis on ‚Äútreasured objects‚ÄĚ create a somewhat skewed and negative view of the profession.

Among the films examined are the original Indiana Jones trilogy, the Mummy film series, and, of course, the two Tomb Raider films. Ms Croft‚Äôs cinematic exploits are derided as being ‚Äúgraphically equated with looting and site destruction‚ÄĚ, which is not an inaccurate assessment of her archaeological methods (or lack thereof). After all, she hardly takes the time to conduct comprehensive field surveys of the sites she‚Äôs visiting. And when would she have the time to fill out her paperwork when there are hungry animals and ruthless mercenaries on her tail?

Still from the film

Still from the film ‚ÄúLara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life‚ÄĚ

If you’re interested in reading what Mark Hall has to say about the depiction of archaeology in cinema, you can read the full article here.


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About Kelly M (359 Articles)
A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

2 Comments on Article: Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema

  1. Very interesting.

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  2. Reblogged this on China Heritage Watch.

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