Famous archaeologists are in the spotlight during Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology and its “Saturdays at the Museum” series. The theme of the Aug. 22 activity is “Famous Anthropologists through Time.” Activities include movies based on the popular dramatization of archaeologists and their finds and take place 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”Few people realize the lasting impact archaeologists have on this world,” said Bonnie Jean Knighton, a USU student and a Saturday’s program planner. “There’s a reason why archaeologists are romanticized in TV shows like ‘Bones’ and video games like ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.’ Real live archaeologists and their true stories began this modern love for the idea of adventurous discoveries.”Two presentations will occur during the day. The first begins at 11 a.m. and covers the history of important male archaeologists, followed by a free showing of the movie “Indiana Jones: and the Last Crusade.” The second presentation begins at 1 p.m. and takes a look at female archaeologists and a free showing of the movie “The Body,” featuring Antonio Banderas and Olivia Williams.Knighton invites everyone to learn about the man behind Tutankhamen, who Mary Leaky was and what she did in the Olduvai Gorge, why T.E. Lawrence is considered the model for Indiana Jones, how Gertrude Bell created the boundaries of Iraq and much more. USU students and members of the public are invited to attend.The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building. For more information on this event, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545.
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