Indiana Jones and the Archaeological Stuff Up
Smith says Indiana Jones’ rule-breaking antics, grave robbing tendencies, valuing of artefacts for their commercial value rather than their archaeological value and worse are all against the tenets of good archaeology – but still credits him with bringing excitement – and young blood - into what is otherwise a “pedantic and exacting science”.
Smith told the ABC that: “The great value of Indiana Jones for the archaeological community is that he makes a pedantic and exacting science appear exciting. Archaeology departments in Australia and overseas can expect an increase in students following the release of Crystal Skull."
The ABC then quotes George Lucas, the executive producer of the Indy series, telling the AP that Indiana Jones “...makes lots of mistakes. He kind of goofs up. He has the same kind of thinking that we have. He's beat up all the time. It's like he's not a superhero. He's just an average Joe that's always in over his head that somehow seems to get through it."
Smith also told the ABC that: “In pursuit of 'fortune and glory' Jones ignores international treaties, treats human remains as weapons and destroys archaeological sites in a bid to escape from potential entombment and other worrisome possibilities.”
"Archaeologists are concerned with preserving the past, not making a profit from it, and Jones seems more finely tuned to the commercial value of an artefact than the information it can give us about past peoples.”
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