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Portrayals Of Archaeology

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The media has a big impact on today’s generation due to its accessibility. Anyone could pick up a book from the library, stroll along to the movies, or simply go on the web to search for relevant information happening in today’s world. Archaeology is widely used in several forms of media such as books, comics, television series, movies, and the news. While the media exposes and educates its audience, can their information be trusted? Although the goal of some news outlets such as Fox News and CNN is to provide relevant information to their audience, how accurate are those information? In this paper, we will examine how archaeology is represented in several news outlets such as Fox News, New York Times, CNN and NBC News, and if the information…show more content…
For example, in Weisberger’s article “Egyptian Mummy’s Symbolic Tattoos are 1st of their Kind”, she interviews Anne Austin, a bioarchaeologist who examined the 3,000 year old mummy’s tattoo and how it was common for the Egyptians to have amulets around their neck before a burial (Weisberger, 2016). Besides the mummy’s neck, other parts of her body were also covered with tattoo images such as her neck, back, and shoulders (Weisberger, 2016). This is an accurate portrayal of archaeology because in a scholarly article about mummification written by Myron Marx, he states that “images of the chest and upper abdomen show details of a metal amulet placed on the sternum” which indicates it was common for Egyptians to have amulets in their body parts before being buried (Marx, 1988, p.149). In another article, “Experts Doubt Claims of ‘Hidden Chambers’ in King Tut’s Tomb”, radar experts claim that King Tut’s tomb does not contain hidden chambers, while Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves and radar technologist Hirokatsu Watanabe indicates that there are two empty cavities “beyond the decorated North and West walls of the burial chamber” (Jarus, 2016). Watanabe performed a ground-penetrating radar, but professor Conyers of University of Denver says that the data from the GPR does not contain any anomalies (Jarus, 2016). Although there is an ongoing debate on…show more content…
In a New York Times article called “Researchers Say They’re Closing In on Captain Cook’s Ship”, researchers are closing in on finding the ship that Captain James Cook used to sail around the world. The experts have “narrowed its search to a group of five sunken wrecks” (“Researchers Say They’re Closing In on Captain Cook’s Ship”, 2016). The author of the article states that “it’ll take a lot of work and money to identify it [Cook’s ship]” which is true because finding shipwrecks does not happen easily (“Researchers Say They’re Closing In on Captain Cook’s Ship”, 2016). In another article called “Vasco da Gama’s Lost Ship Esmeralda Opens New Window on Age of Discovery”, researchers believe that they have discovered Esmeralda, the ship that Vasco da Gama used during Europe’s Age of Discovery. There are also 2,800 artifacts retrieved from the excavation and one of those artifacts is the Indio silver coin which was used to trade with India (Johnson,
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