Archaeology Stereotypes Essay

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Stereotype is defined as, “a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group.” (“stereotype”) In other words, stereotypes are ideas that are widely associated with certain groups, whether they be correct or not. While not all stereotypes are bad, they still are a generalization about a group of people. The damage behind stereotypes are since stereotypes are not always truthful, they often give people false information.
The most stereotypical archaeologist is always wearing a tan outfit; tan shirt, tan shorts, tan shoes and a tan hat to keep the sun out of their eyes. He or she is almost always on an excavation in the desert, and are often portrayed as either old, cranky,
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While everyone knows that Hollywood likes to suspend belief for the sake of entertainment, not many people realize how much was truly made up for this series. While I do not assume people equate everyday archaeologists with Indiana Jones, I do not think that people truly know what archaeologists do besides dig at excavations sites. Archaeology includes lots of research, surveying, analysis, reporting and most importantly preserving. At the end of the day it is not about how valuable the items an archaeologist finds, instead it is about the information these items give to us about different cultures and civilizations. I think because of the public’s lack of knowledge about this career field, is the reason why they took the exaggeration of Indiana Jones and went with …show more content…
Again, thanks to Hollywood and ignorance, not many people realize that paleontologists and archaeologists are two different careers. They are probably completely unfamiliar that archaeology is a subfield of anthropology. While archaeologists do deal with bones, depending on their specialization and the specific site they are at. Archaeologists are worried about much more than bones; they are interested in all aspects of ancient human life, from items such as pottery and glassworks to the art found on their building

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