Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG 1981)
Content Area
1h 55min
Movie Story Line
An archaeologist embarks on a quest to locate the mystical Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis find it.
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Teaching Idea #1

Ethiopian Christians insist that the Ark of the Covenant is actually located at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Aksum, Ethiopia. Research how and why Ethiopians believe the Queen of Sheba's son brought the ark back to their country in ancient times. What evidence exists to support this claim?

Teaching Idea #2

The Indiana Jones movie franchise inspired many people to become archaeologists. Research National Geographic Museum’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology’ online exhibit from 2015. What aspects of this movie glamorize archaeology as a profession? How is the focus on looting from cultural sites problematic? Do international laws exist to prevent looting or black market trade of antiquities? Do you believe that ancient artifacts that were taken by Western countries during times of war should be returned to the countries of origin, even though those artifacts are currently in museums?