So I checked out the new Indiana Jones movie last night and was pleasantly surprised: the horrors of the Star Wars prequeldom were avoided, Shia Leboeuf (sp?) was great, and Cate Blanchett’s bangs exceeded even my fevered expectations. I also appreciated the revamped politics of the film, where mud-smeared, brown-skinned people are kept to a minimum, people make none-to-subtle allusions to McCarthyism and our own war on terror, and of course, this time he’s repatriating the artifact, right?
There was, however, one thing that I found odd — the scene where Jones tells a student to read V. Gordon Childe. Would a die-hard anticommunist really recommend a Marxist archaeologist to a student? And what would Jones — who spends most of the time in the field and seems narrowly focused on philology and case studies rather than grand theory — think of an archaeologist who was best known not for his fieldwork, but for high theory? And have the archaeology blogs already picked this one to pieces?