Roy Chapman Andrews (1884 – 1960): An American explorer, adventurer, and naturalist. He sailed to the East Indies and the Arctic and China to study animals, wrote some books, and became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. But what he’s best known for is leading several expeditions into the Gobi desert of Mongolia in the 1920s. This guy is allegedly the real person that Indiana Jones was patterned after!
Freya Stark (1893 — 1993) was a British explorer and travel writer. She wrote more than two dozen books on her travels in the Middle East and Afghanistan, as well as several autobiographic works and essays. She was one of the first outsiders to travel through the southern Arabian deserts.
Hiram Bingham, “The real Indiana Jones” - Retronaut “His book Lost City of the Incas became a bestseller upon its publication in 1948. Bingham has been cited as one possible basis for the “Indiana Jones” character”
Hiram Bingham, The real Indiana Jones, 1911 “Hiram Bingham (1875–1956) was an American academic, explorer and treasure hunter and politician. He obtained a B.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard. Bingham was not a trained archaeologist, yet it was during Bingham’s time as a lecturer – later professor – at Yale that he discovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu. “
Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, IRAQ) Culture: Assyrian 1958, excavated by Sir Max Mallowan on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; ceded to the British School of Archaeology in Iraq in the division of finds; acquired by the Museum in 1959, purchased from British School of Archaeology in Iraq
Altes Museum (Berlin) - Nefertiti The Nefertiti bust is a 3300-year-old painted limestone bust of Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. Due to the bust, Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world as well as icon of female beauty. The bust is believed to have been crafted in 1345 BC by the sculptor Thutmose.
Etruscan bronze chariot inlaid with ivory, 2nd quarter of 6th century BCE. Found near Monteleone di Spoleto in 1902 with scenes of Achilles (1). Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.
Ancestral Shrine Figure, Middle Tennessee, ca. 1150-1350 AD. This was the male half of a male-female pair, probably representing an ancestral couple. Though excavated together, the female statue has since been lost. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.