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Archaeology in the Movies




This web page created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) compares 'Reel' or movie archaeology with 'real' archaeology conducted by NSF researchers. NSF is an independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science and advances the national health, prosperity, and welfare, etc. To learn more about NSF, view this video.


Movies and Cinematic Explorations of Archaeology (at

A List of Archaeology Films from


Archaeology Streaming Video

Streaming video is compressed moving pictures and sound sent over the internet for viewing on a computer. The user does not have to wait to download a large file before seeing the video or hearing the sound because the media is sent in a continuous stream and is played as it arrives.

A list of suggested archaeology streaming videos is provided here...

Movie Reviews

We are very interested in including reviews of movies, television shows, books and other popular media that are about archaeology, or feature archaeologists as main characters. Please let us know if you have other reviews to include on these pages!

Indiana Jones Trilogy (Review by Jay Fancher)

The Mummy and The Mummy Returns (Review by Jay Fancher)

Out for a Kill (2003) (Synopsis/, Review Comment/Susan Dixon Renoe)


Movie Suggestions

Archaeology Movie Suggestions by Susan Dixon Renoe

Archaeology Films (Wasteflake)






An extensive list of titles of movies whose summaries contain archeologist, archaeologist, archeology, or archaeology.

European Federation of Film Festivals on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage







Archaeology Film Festivals (Program for Art on Film, Europe)

The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, Eugene, Oregon

Television Show Suggestions

Star Trek: The Next Generation has several episodes that have story lines concerning artifacts that Captain Picard received from his professor during studies in exoarchaeology.  (See especially: Star Trek Next Generation: The Chase (Episode: 146)

Archaeology on Television

Weekly television listings featuring archaeology






from the Archaeological Institute of America

Extreme Archaeology

Time Team web site

Digging for the Truth: An Interview with Josh Bernstein (at
K. Kris Hirst, Archaeology Guide at, interviews the charismatic host of The History Channel's most popular program, Digging for the Truth. You can also read some commentary by Hirst on what archaeologists might learn from this successful TV show.

Time Team America

TIME TEAM AMERICA is a new science/reality series that sends archaeologists on a race against time to excavate historic sites around the nation. The team has 72 hours to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned digs using the latest technology, decades of expertise and their own sharp wits.

Full episdoes of Season One are now available for viewing online.


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Updated 08.31.12