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The Good, the Bad, and the Bearded. Popular Images of archaeologists and how we see ourselves. Larry J. Zimmerman Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. On Being an Archaeologist.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Bearded

Popular Images of archaeologists and how we see ourselves

Larry J. Zimmerman

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


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On Being an Archaeologist

It takes very special qualities to devote one's life to problems with no attainable solutions and to poking around in dead people's garbage: Words like 'masochistic', 'nosy,' and 'completely batty' spring to mind.Paul Bahn. 1989. Bluff Your Way in Archaeology. Ravette Books, West Sussex.


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Some thoughts about archaeology…

Anonymous

…and a variety of opinions.



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Still…

Archaeology is one of most exciting things you can do outside of bed!

Just about every archaeologist you talk to

It seems as if everyone either wants to be an archaeologist or hates us!


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I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.

Garrison Keillor

Just what are the images of archaeologists?


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How the Public sees Archaeologists it.

Sketches by 12-year-old students


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From kids to adults, things don’t seem to change it.

Sketches by 20 –something university students



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How the public sees us….. it.

In the Movies


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Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools.

Lord Melbourne


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Archaeology ain’t just for Indy anymore discovered that they are fools.



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How we’d like to see ourselves (men)

Yes, this is a painting a real archaeologist had done of himself!


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The reality (men)

Yes, these are real archaeologists, albeit Europeans


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Larry Z’s archaeologist self-image

Paul Walker, a buff young archaeologist in Michael Crichton’s “Timeline” (November 2003)







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An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

Daniel J. Boorstin


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Notice anything similar about these famous archaeologists? easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

Gerard Fowke

A.V. Kidder

Sir M. W. F. Petrie


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What’s this thing with beards? easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

At the age of sixteen I went to evening classes in the local museum at Nuneaton…. Firstly I was struck by the number of beards in the audience.

David Miles, Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage

I was working as an archaeologist and we all had beards, even the women.

Steven Erikson, 2002

And I thought you all had long beards with bits of detritus to be excavated at the end of each month.

Petethedig, online at British Archaeological Jobs Resources Message Board


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You think it’s a joke? easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

Yes, these are all real archaeologists!


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Anybody can be an archaeologist, no training necessary! easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

Scientology founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard on an expedition in the Mediterranean

Graham Hancock


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Even a high school kid thrown into the past… easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

The lucky devil…. Why don’t I ever find anything like this?


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  • Even Captain Jean-Luc “Make it so!” Picard easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

  • near-professional pursuit of archeology

  • studied the Iconian culture since his cadet days.

  • addressed the Federation Archeological Council as keynote speaker on his oft-studied Tagus III ruins in 2367

With his striking resemblance to that Kennewick guy…

…studied by that archaeologist, Jim Chatters, with a profound resemblance to Indiana Jones…

…but with a beard!


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Role-playing games too? easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.


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On the serious side… easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

To be bearded has another meaning…

To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt. 2. To oppose to the gills; to set at defiance.


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Some images of us aren’t so good. easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.


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But the faces of archaeology are changing, and they might even be less bearded.

Yes, these are all real archaeologists!


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One last bit of archaeological wisdom… the subject filters his own changing self-image.

Don’t lean on the transit!