Box Office Archaeology: Refining Hollywood's Portrayals of the Past / Edition 1

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“How true is it?” is a common refrain of patrons coming out of movie theatres after the latest film on pirates, Vikings, or mummies. While Hollywood usurps the past for its own entertainment purposes, archaeologists and historians know a lot about many of these subjects, digging up stories often more fascinating than the ones projected on screen. This distinguished group of archaeologists select key subjects and genres used by Hollywood and provide the historical and archaeological depth that a movie cannot—what really happened in history. Topics include Egypt, the Wild West, Civil War submarines, Vikings, the Titanic, and others. The book should be of interest to introductory archaeology and American history classes, courses on film and popular culture, and to a general audience. Alternate Selection, History Book Club.

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"Discerning audiences can tell the difference between Victorian and Edwardian dress, Viking longboats and Greek fishing boats. Archaeology has helped with the verisimilitude of sets and the background for the action; however, the tale drives the characters and the action, whether strictly true or mythic, and these are in the hands of script and director. Strong chapters by archaeologists look at the movies [...].The authors are master archaeologists and fans of the cinema—a fine combination. Summing Up: Highly recommended." —C.S. Peebles, CHOICE Magazine

"Box Office Archaeology offers a thought-provoking look at what history and archaeology have to tell us in a dozen different areas." - Myron Beckenstein, Newsletter of the Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc.

"This curious book will appeal to archaeologists who are annoyed when Hollywood constructs fi lm plots that do not conform to their understanding of the evidences and, far more importantly, to teachers who intend to teach history through a commentary on filmic representations…Of course we can all be fascinated by film representations of our discipline, but ultimately technical critiques such as those found throughout Box Office Archaeology must been seen as statements about archaeology rather than about cinema." - Peter Hiscock, Australian Archaeology

"Mummies, pirates, and cowboys are just a few popular historical subjects that have been made into good, bad, and really bad movies and television shows…all represent some aspect of the past, do they represent a true past? Do movies mislead the public into believing that what they see actually occurred? Box Office Archaeology tries to answer some of these questions…in a series of essays by leading archaeologies, who discuss what actually happened. This collection is highly recommended for archaeology, history, film, and popular culture classes, as well as for those people sitting in the audience wanting to know a little more about their favorite movie or television show." —Melissa Aho, Anthropology Review Database

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598740561
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie M. Schablitsky’s academic and research pursuits are launched from the University of Oregon, Museum of Natural and Cultural History where she holds an adjunct professorship and directs excavations on American pioneer sites and Oregon Chinatowns. Within these projects she identifies expressions of ethnicity, assimilation, and adaptation to foreign environments. Her recent research includes the investigation of the Donner Party in California. Collaborating with experts in bone histology, forensic anthropology, and other scientific fields, she has contributed to a better understanding of how the emigrants survived while trapped in the Sierra Nevadas for four months. Schablitsky is also known for extracting nuclear DNA from artifacts. She recently published an edited volume by the Society for Historical Archaeology, Remains of the Day: Forensic Applications in Archaeology. She introduces a new field of study, “genetic archaeology”, and highlights successful projects using traditional forensic techniques to better understand archaeological sites.

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