The Department of Anthropology invites you to Archaeology at the Movies


Thursday nights 8:30 – 11:00 pm Grant Auditorium 


Bored? Need to get out of the house?  The Department of Anthropology will be screening features films Thursday nights 8:30 – 11:00 in Grant Auditorium in the Falk College building, adjacent to the Carrier Dome.  Classic films, the movies deal with popular images of archaeology and archaeological themes and can be used as extra credit in designated anthropology classes. Introductions to the films provide background and context. Many of the films have been selected because they are not commonly available or available in quality format via online and streaming sources. But regardless of their availability, this is an opportunity to see feature films on the big screen.  If you are interested in this opportunity for extra credit in an anthropology class, please contact your professor or teaching assistant.  See you at the movies!  Chris DeCorse    

Schedule of movies: 

October 22: Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount, 1981) Winner of five academy awards, this is the first film in the Indiana Jones film franchise; an American action-adventure film serial directed by Steven Spielberg, based on a story by George Lucas, starring Harrison Ford. Set in 1936, Ford portrays Indiana Jones, a globe-trotting archaeologist, vying with the Nazis to recover the lost Ark of the Covenant, a relic said to make an army invincible. 

October 29: Caveman (MGM, 1981): An American slapstick comedy film starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long and Barbara Bach. In the course of adventures, cave dwellers fight off dinosaurs, discover sedative drugs, fire, invent cooking, music, weapons, and learn how to walk upright. Bashed by critics, the film remains a cult classic.

November 12: Iceman (Paramount, 1984): Anthropologist Stanley Shephard (played by Timothy Hutton) is brought to an arctic base where the body of a prehistoric man, imbedded in ice for 40,000 years, has been discovered. Scientists are able to resuscitate the "iceman", who is placed in a simulated environment for study. Confused and recognizing his strange surroundings, scientists see him as a source of information on the body's adaptability, fire walking, and the possibility of freezing the sick until a cure is discovered. Can the Iceman survive in this modern world?

November 19: The Lost City of Z (Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment, 2016) A biographical adventure drama. In 1905, Percy Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam) follows an 18th century text that describes a city deep in the Amazonian jungle, a place that Fawcett calls "the Lost City of Z". Supported by the Royal Geographical Society, Fawcett led two expeditions to find the lost city; on the second of which he and his son disappeared. The lost City of Z may actually be the archaeological site of Kuhikugu, near the headwaters of the Xingu River, discovered by Westerners in 1925. The site contains extensive ruins and earthworks.