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ANTH 189 Notebook - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 13/09/2007...

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 13/09/2007 12:41:00 Reading Notes : Holtorf Ch. 5 A theme – Adventure – is most common o Action Adventure/Epic About spectacle, action; not human condition o Fusion with hero myth D theme – Detective o Mostly in documentaries o Gentleman scholar solving mysteries C theme – Caretaker o Seen as rescuers of the past o Museum work R theme – Revelation o Make giant conclusions about the past Others from film? o Dispelling popular myths Ex. – How did Americas get inhabited? Will the Triangle of Light control time? o Archaeologists as warriors Is Lara Croft an archaeologist?
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o Good vs. Bad intentions West = antiquities dealer, out for money Croft = saving the world from evil, out for glory Angkor Meets Tomb Raider Clash of high culture vs. low culture o Educated individuals who would appreciate site for the culture or people who want to re-enact the film Conservation of site to gain tourism to Cambodia o Utilizing culture to gain funds for the government o Tour guides utilize movie in tours Holtorf Ch. 1 Archaeologists need to listen to popular culture to figure out what the public wants from them o Opening up of public archaeology o Should archaeologists be public servants? o Archaeology is also a business
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Tool Kit 13/09/2007 12:41:00 Archaeology (seen through lens of popular culture) How is Archaeology/materials used in film plot? Which parts of archaeological process are included/ignored? Portrayal of archaeologists Holtorf’s 4 key themes in archaeology (ch. 5) “Popular Culture Archaeology” (seen through the lens of professional archaeology) How is the process of doing archaeology represented? o ie. Methods Has the film influenced archaeology in the real world? (+/-) Real archaeological finds/events/persons/artifacts/etc. Articulates with what Archaeological issues? Film as Film What genre? What’s the dominant narrative cultural theme? Who is the targeted audience?
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The Mummy 13/09/2007 12:41:00 Paper due 10/4/07 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Arnold Reading from (Bb) Reading Notes Day: Does film try to change how people think of a particular culture? o Misconceptions of foreigners used in many horror films o Our perception of how archaeology was used rather than what the culture believes Egyptians see unwrapping mummies as sacrilegious France and Britain controlled archaeology in region at the time o Illegal for Egyptians to dig up their own dead Fear of Brits and French of losing control over region Hegemony: population control via culture Changing meaning of the mummy in popular society o Pre-1931 (Pre-Classic) Mummy as romantic figure Concept of a curse is a critique against archaeology Uneasy about going into tombs Film reinforces character of archaeologist as thief o 1932+ (Classic)
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Turned against mummy because they had little access to learning about it
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 189 taught by Professor Brown during the Fall '07 term at GWU.

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ANTH 189 Notebook - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 13/09/2007...

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