Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Old Fogey Adventures

You know, many people believe that we archaeologists are just a collection of old fogies digging around in the ruins after old dried up skulls and bones.
Stephen Banning (played by Dick Foran) in The Mummy's Tomb (1942)

I probably looked like an old fogey to the sixty 10-year-olds gathered in the classroom today to hear me talk about archaeology, although I felt pretty hip with the 'Brittany Spears' mic hooked on my belt rapping about my PowerPoint slides. ;-)  Hopefully these young minds came away with the understanding that archaeology is not about tomb raiding and treasure hunting. But one never knows because their questions ended the talk with an interesting conversation about the ethics of buying, selling, and stealing antiquities. After the day's excitement, this old fogey will now return to the study of her broken bits of pottery: the real adventure of archaeology.

1 comment:

John said...

Over here a class of sixty would require that the speaker take his (or her) Indiana Jones bullwhip and revolver as an additional 'teaching aid'...