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Screening Raiders of the Lost Ark is a hand-clutching thrill that turns ancient civilization into modern fun. Although we can no longer remember whose hand we grasped twenty years ago when Harrison Ford blazed into the American consciousness on the big screen, it was fun to have our kids cling to us with excited squeals as we followed the rip-roaring exploits of Indiana Jones, our still-favorite archeologist, as he spans the continent with angry Nazis in pursuit. We squirmed as snakes slithered and held our breath during chase scenes as Indy tries to recover the Ark of the Covenant, rumored to contain the Ten Commandments. Suddenly, archeology seemed like a pretty cool pursuit.
A dusty artifact is compelling in Steven Spielberg's hands, but we worried that our kids would find ancient artifacts at a museum less than riveting. We checked out an exhibit of Egyptian antiquities that contained over fifteen real mummies, and were happy to discover how many of the relics in the show intrigued our kids. We challenged our kids to think like archeologists, and unearth a favorite artifact in the exhibit. Our older girls were drawn to statues of Gods in the shapes of birds and dogs, so we asked them to try to chat up the docents and report back with a little history. Our boys were attracted to more practical items, like bowls, weapons and boats. When we tried to decipher hieroglyphics on tombstones, one of our budding Egyptologists wondered whether Indy could have translated the ancient symbols. It was then we knew that Indy had left his mark on the next generation of viewers.
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