CANCELED, Near Eastern Archaeology and Archaeologists in the media

Course content

Archaeology and archaeologist are presented in film often in very stereotype ways. Archaeology is usually shown as adventurous treasure hunt (Indiana Jones) or a field where slightly strange academics carefully brush bones  (some documentations) . Male and female archaeologists are presented as the nerd, the unattractive librarian, the hero, the all-knowing expert. And the stereotypes about the Near East, past and present, who form the background to many of those films and documentations, are numerous. The region is often portrayed as “the other” as being either primitive, or violent, full of dangers and generally foreign. We want to study the ways in which these prejudices and stereotypes are developed, the subtle means by which they are repeated and discuss those examples, which deviate from the norm.

Examples for the films studied in the class are: Indiana Jones (1,3), Lawrence of Arabia, Intolerance, The Mummy (old and new 1) etc.


Studieordning for tilvalgsstudiet på BA-niveau i Nærorientalsk arkæologi, 2007-ordningen

Curriculum for the Master’s Programmes in Ancient and Medieval Near Eastern Studies, 2008 Curriculum.

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Middle Eastern Languages and Societies The 2008 Curriculum


Learning outcome

BA-2007 Tilvalgsordning:
Near Eastern Archaeology and Archaeologists in the media
(fagelementkode HNAB10151E)
Områdestudie (fagelementkode HNAB10141E)

KA-2008 Near Eastern Archaeology
Near Eastern Archaeology and Archaeologists in the media
(fagelementkode HNAK03461E)

KA-2008 Middle Eastern
Emnekursus A (fagelementkode HMØK03711E)

Teaching will include watching the media (2 hours) and two hours lecturing/discussing. Teaching will include active involvement of the students through presentations and discussion of the media studied.

Students need to be able to read English texts.

Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 284,5
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Project work
  • 100
  • English
  • 412,5