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Hats, definitely! Whips, optional?

Egyptian mummy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Hollywood has found archaeology to be a bankable subject. The opening scenes of the devil-possessed horror movie the Exorcist are of an excavation in Iraq. The Mummy (1999 movie, now being rebooted in 2017) involves the accidental awakening of a mummy during an archaeological excavation. And the numerous films of the Indiana Jones franchise indelibly set in the public eye the archaeologists as a dashing globe-trotting figure in a weather-worn fedora carrying a whip.


4 things Hollywood gets wrong about archaeologists—and 2 things it gets right

By Aine Cain

Business Insider

March 11, 2017

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