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Digging into the Supernatural World. Cinema's Intrinsically Religious Depiction of Archaeology.

Author(s): Peter Hiscock

Year: 2017

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Over the last half century film makers have created hundreds of movies about archaeologists. Many of these films present narratives that are located in supernatural worlds and explicitly religious in character. Within these supernatural and extraterrestrial stories, archaeologists are positioned as mage or priest, the individuals with the knowledge to release magic into the world or to prevent release. These fictional representations of archaeologists as active participants in supernatural dramas advocate pseudoarchaeological and religious views, that reflect nonscientific beliefs popular in film studios as well as with audiences across the globe. This paper explores the ways in which film-makers have created a concept of archaeologist that has helped them pursue mythic imperatives.


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Digging into the Supernatural World. Cinema's Intrinsically Religious Depiction of Archaeology.. Peter Hiscock. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431724)


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North America - California


Spatial Coverage

min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16536

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America