In 1981, Indiana Jones took to the big screen with great success. The franchise has become heavily associated with the field of archaeology and is arguably inseparable from the public’s understanding of it. This study investigates how the first film in the popular series, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, influences people’s perceptions of the field by performing a content analysis. It looks at how the archaeology is depicted in addition to past peoples and present-day communities. To do this, it utilizes the fundamentals behind public archaeology, a movement aiming to spread awareness of archaeology and iron out common misconceptions of the field.
Salacain, Alan, "Action, Adventure, and Artifacts: How Indiana Jones Influences Public Perceptions of Archaeology" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9383.
Indiana Jones, archaeology, public archaeology, content analysis
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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