A Treasure Hard to Attain: Images of Archaeology in Popular Film, with a Filmography

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Scarecrow Press, 1997 - Performing Arts - 203 pages
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Covers the archaeological content of approximately 120 popular films, most of which have been produced in the United States since 1912. A unique feature is the inclusion of archaeologically significant dialogue from films that reveal how the industry portrays archaeology. Key words at the top of each page in the filmography allow readers to locate a particular film by title. Extensive commentaries appear for the newer pictures while briefer remarks are found for older films.
 

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Contents

Introduction A Cinematic Expedition
3
What Is It That Real Archaeologists Do? An Overview
5
Depictions of Archaeologists on the Silver Screen
11
The Moment of Discovery
21
Going Public Announcing Archaeological Finds
25
Obsessions Is Archaeological Work Addictive?
27
Disposition of the Finds
29
From the Mouths of Archaeologists Memorable Quotes from the Silver Screen
33
The Filmography
45
Romancing the Moviegoer A Word about Film Reviews
47
Chronological Listing of Popular Films Featuring Archaeologists
49
The Reviews
55
Bibliography
193
Index
195
About the Author
203
Copyright

Conclusion The Profession Reel to Real
39

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About the author (1997)

David Howard Day is Professor of Anthropology at Monroe Community College. He is also the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, from State University of New York.

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