5 Films Every Archaeology Student Must Watch

Happy Saturday, people! We've now reached the 10th in a series of weekly articles for students. The series features articles recommending the best films based on a particular academic subject. It is incredible how much more fun academics get when blended with entertainment and the following list will prove it. In the previous edition, we decided to pick more of an extracurricular activity – dancing!

This week, we're going deep. We've unearthed a list of movies that every archaeologist (and anthropologists) should watch. Do you know of any archaeologists? Hope you're not dating one, because they always dig up stuff from the past. Which makes it even funnier because 'dating' is also a technique used by them to gauge an artefact's past. Some of them are just gold diggers and some may even have mummy issues. Even though their careers lie in ruins, their work is absolutely groundbreaking! Okay I should stop… Here's a list of adventurous films, for all the diggers out there! Keep searching!

Indiana Jones
Obviously. The franchise began in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark, perhaps the best of the series, with a few sequels over the years. A fifth film is planned for release in 2020. All films so far have been directed by Steven Spielberg and have starred Harrison Ford and the next one will see them returning as well.

The Mummy
This franchise too has a few sequels. Again, the best one was the first one, in 1999. Not to forget, a reboot of this Egyptian horror franchise is scheduled to be released on June 9, 2017. Starring Tom Cruise, the film is intended to be the first installment in the Universal Monsters-shared universe!

Jurassic Park
One of our favorite series from our childhood! Another masterpiece by Steven Spielberg, this series has broken records for its films becoming the highest grossing of recent times. After the first one in 1993, a fifth installment is scheduled for a 2018 release. All of them send us way back to the Jurassic era, where giant lizards ruled the earth.

National Treasure (2004)
Directed by Jon Turteltaub, the film stars Nicolas Cage as a historian and amateur cryptologist searching for a lost treasure in Egypt. This film has its sequel released as National Treasure: Book of Secrets in 2007 and there are plans for more.

Tomb Raider (2001)
Based on a video game, it's just like a video game and works only because of Angeline Jolie, who plays Lara Croft – an archaeologist who tries to obtain ancient artifacts from the enemy, the Illuminati. We look forward to the 2018 edition of the same.

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