Following the path of Indiana Jones (or not) 🧳
Many of us dream of exploring the world in search of extraordinary artefacts with incredible powers, just like in the movies of Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. However, the reality of an archaeologist-adventurer is very different from what is often portrayed in those films. Let's examine the myth of the conquering explorer and the superhero archaeologist to understand what really lies behind this unrealistic image.

Should Columbus Day be Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

In past decades, Christopher Columbus has gone from unquestioned US hero to problematic figure. For centuries, the destruction and disease he ushered into the Americas have been set aside, allowing the myth of a pioneering sailor who discovered America and proved the world was round to embed itself in US culture. But as this myth has been increasingly confronted with brutal historical facts, things have started to change. While Columbus still has a national holiday in his honor, complete with parades and celebrations, there are many people fighting to dismantle the myth that surrounds him and choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

Watch this video to understand how Columbus became a US icon over time and why his status is in question today.

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On the agenda
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Why the US celebrates Columbus Day
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History vs. Christopher Columbus
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How does math guide our ships at sea?
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Archaeologist Breaks Down 10 Treasure Hunting Scenes In Movies: How Real Is It?
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The contributions of female explorers
By: Ted Ed
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What is archaeology: understanding the archaeological record
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