A new, official “Indiana Jones” exhibition could be coming to your neighborhood. Here’s a teaser from the official web site:
Enter the world of Indiana Jones and experience the adventure of field archaeology at this unique new exhibition. Hidden clues, great archaeological mysteries, impressive ancient remains and real-world artefacts [sic] – you’ll love this interactive exhibition and its exclusive collection of Indiana Jones film props, models, costumes and more.
In short, you get to see authentic stuff from the Indy films and authentic stuff from the ancient past.
Indiana Jones is a bad archaeologist. He destroys ancient inscriptions and statuary, countless artifacts, fully-functioning ancient booby traps (!), burial sites, and even entire buildings in his quest for a single prize. He lights gasoline fires in sensitive archaeological contexts. He points functioning weapons at priceless discoveries. Bad, bad, bad.
For these reasons, every responsible modern archaeologist would tell you he/she does not want to be like Indiana Jones. (And yet on a deeper level every modern archaeologist wishes he/she was Indiana Jones. Don’t doubt that for a minute.)
The exhibit runs in the
Toronto Montreal Science Centre through September before beginning its travel tour. The remaining schedule has not yet been announced. Here’s hoping the exhibition gets close enough to Tampa/Orlando to permit a visit for yours truly.