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Indiana Jones: What do (real) archaeologists think of his legacy?

Indiana Jones: What do (real) archaeologists think of his legacy?

From the moment Indiana Jones struck a golden idol and chased after a boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark more than 40 years ago, the legendary adventurer has become a go-to for archaeologists the world over. On the other hand, Indiana (played by Harrison Ford) drew audiences to the magic archaeologist; On the other hand, his methods are shocking and misleading about the field.

With the fifth (and possibly final) movie, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” set to premiere this Friday (June 30), what do real-life archaeologists think of the fictional archaeologist’s legacy?

Many archaeologists were quick to say that they found Indy terrible.

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” may be Indy’s final adventure in the series. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

“[What] It’s not archeology – it’s looting – and if people get drawn into archeology because they want to do it, they’ll be disappointed.” Ann Beburna professor of anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington, told Live Science in an email.