Archaeology Can Empower Community College Women

My students and I do some “myth busting” on the first class meeting of the semester. “How does pop culture portray archaeology?” I ask. Students are quick to identify classic movies cast by actors who portray archaeologists in leading roles: Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, or The Mummy. I ask them to tell me about these characters; students typically discuss the fictional archaeologists’ brush with dangerous booby traps, their quest for sacred artifacts and precious metals, the pillaging of archaeological sites, and even the characters’ sex appeal.