Category: Archaeology in Fiction

ArteFict #4: The Mummy!

ArteFict #4: The Mummy!

I’m so excited to review this week’s #artefict – it’s one of my all-time favourite films, The Mummy (Universal Pictures: 1999)! The Mummy is set in the 1920s and follows the haps and mishaps of a group of Egyptologists, treasure hunters, adventurers and hangers-on as they roam around the archaeological ruins of Hamunaptra. Up until they accidentally awaken the titular mummy/Egyptian Voldemort there is a fair amount of 1920s-style pickaxe archaeology to review. Continue reading “ArteFict #4: The Mummy!”

ArteFict #2: Avatar S2 E10 The Library

ArteFict #2: Avatar S2 E10 The Library

For this week’s #artefict I’m going to review an episode from Avatar: The Last Airbender – season 2, episode 10: The Library. For those of you who haven’t come across the Avatar series, you really should watch it (but NOT the 2009 film). It is set in a world where some people are able to bend (i.e. manipulate) the four classical elements. It follows Aang, the 12-year-old avatar (the one person who can bend all four elements) in training, and his friends (AKA the gAang) as they try to bring peace and unity to the world by ending the Fire Lord’s war against the other three nations. Continue reading “ArteFict #2: Avatar S2 E10 The Library”

ArteFict #1: The Noah’s Ark Quest

ArteFict #1: The Noah’s Ark Quest

As the first in a series of Archaeology in Fiction (#ArteFict) I’m going to be diving straight in with Boyd Morrison’s The Noah’s Ark Quest (yes really). For anyone reading in the US, it’s just called The Ark across the pond, and the front cover there much better portrays what the book is about. If I’m honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked the book up if it had had the US cover – I suppose that people in the UK are suckers for relics.

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Archaeology in Fiction: A Series

Archaeology in Fiction: A Series

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Treasure room – essential in any temple (The Mummy, 1999)

Archaeological fact and fiction have always had a tumultuous relationship.

Bullwhips, fedoras, girls (preferably hot, PhD optional), temples, tombs. Myths, legends, adventure, treasure.

The majority of people will be fully aware that archaeology is not the rip-roaring Nazi-punching gun-toting adventure that it tends to be portrayed as. It’s a lot more meticulous recording of cold, muddy excavations followed by analysis of artefacts and tentative interpretation of findings, all wrapped up in a big swish of theory. We’ll be the first to hold up our fedoras and say that this doesn’t make for very riveting TV.

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