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->''"You call this archaeology?!"''
-->-- '''Henry Jones Sr.''' ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''

In RealLife, archeology, or modern archeology to be specific, is ''not'' the most fast paced of careers. It can involve a lot of research, dirt, and going over small details like diet and theorizing on them. A real archaeologist can make her or his career by the meticulous analysis of the contents of a garbage dump and indeed, they (well, a few) would ''prefer'' to find the dump rather than a king's tomb, since the dump can tell them far more about the way ordinary people lived, with far fewer legal and ethical ramifications. Additionally, a dump will have items of low or underestimated value, reducing the allure for tomb robbers who might have broken into tombs and ruined the information.

Not so in fiction-land. Since most of the world has [[EndOfAnAge the ruins of ancient and powerful civilizations]] littered under the surface, archeology is a career that brings one constantly face to face with [[TempleOfDoom Temples of Doom]]; LostTechnology, [[SealedEvilInACan imprisoned evils]], and {{MacGuffin}}s. Lots of {{MacGuffin}}s. If it takes place on Earth and the writers don't make one up, it'll usually be something like an Egyptian tomb (expect a {{mummy}} to haunt our hero) or the HolyGrail.

In fiction, it then becomes perfectly reasonable to use any means to acquire said {{MacGuffin}}s, no matter how destructive. Who cares if you have to destroy ancient machinery that could well be thousands of years old and still works? There's a gold monkey at the end! ''And'' you get to wear a dashing AdventurerOutfit!

Adventurer Archaeologists are capable of dressing up very well for more intellectual appearances, but forays into studying usually occur off-screen, and it's never implied to take very long. (Compare BadassBookworm.) An Adventurer Archaeologist has an interesting morality. Ruins are rarely really "abandoned" as the descendants of the {{Precursors}}, or their ghosts, or even their mystically preserved selves are [[ChasedByAngryNatives very upset]] when outsiders intrude, and especially when they take the focal points of their culture with them. It's not imperialism if the people who are guarding them aren't even human after all. Of course, real imperialists didn't believe the people around ancient sites were human either. Most people call this "theft," few others would call this "imperialism". In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom,'' it's noted that the title character has been called a "{{grave robb|ing}}er" (although real archaeologists were once considered that [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans and some still are]]). However, to an Adventurer Archaeologist, it's okay as long as it [[ItBelongsInAMuseum goes into a museum]]. To keep the audience rooting for the Adventurer Archaeologist, he or she is often pitted against an EvilCounterpart who wants the same treasure for themselves to hoard in a private collection, or to give it to the bad guys/sell to the highest bidder, use it to TakeOverTheWorld, etc.

This trope is OlderThanRadio, an accomplishment when considering that archeology as a modern profession is less than two centuries old. Antiquarians, historians, and intellectual grave robbers were a staple of 19th Century gothic horror and ghost stories. They appeared regularly in pulp adventure novels and film adventures dating back to the dawn of talking pictures, including [[Film/TheMummysHand the Universal mummy movies]] and the Johnny Weismuller ''Film/{{Tarzan}}'' films. A certain Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg series made it big again in TheEighties. Indeed, while real archaeology is nothing like the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movies, most every western Archaeologist since 1981 was inspired by him to become one.

It should be noted, however, that this Trope and its origins do come from [[TruthInTelevision Truth in err.... Literature]]. Early archaeologists tended to be more concerned about their own glory and getting museum trinkets that looked good than actually discovering information about ancient cultures, or preserving knowledge for future research -- let alone respecting or collaborating with the modern descendants of the people whose tombs and temples they excavated. Their methods were often horrible by modern scientific standards, as the examples below show, and they usually discarded artifacts that weren't glamorous or shiny, including some types that are considered quite scientifically or historically valuable today. As a result, no one knows how much historical evidence will never be known to us through the carelessness of 19th and early 20th century archaeologists. To be fair, Howard Carter's expedition to retrieve Tutankhamen's body and treasures was sensational. Finding the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Army Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang]] would have been a glorious experience, as well. So while there isn't quite the same level of swashbuckling that Indy experienced, if you're lucky, hitting the jackpot can still be one hell of an adrenaline rush.

It also didn't help that the swashbuckling in fiction [[RealityIsUnrealistic had a small kernel of truth.]] Militarized archeology has an uncomfortably long history. Around the time it was coming into its own as a respectable field, the world was hit by [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI one]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII major conflict]] [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar after another]], each of which saw archeology politicized and militarized to a dangerous degree. For reasons ranging from [[ArchaeologicalArmsRace trying to dig up the remnants of heavily mythologized "advanced civilizations" for technological or ideological benefit]] or [[EspionageTropes as a neat way to do spying]], preservation and cataloging of the past often had to negotiate minefields of militarized looting, diplomatic relations, and warring superpowers and local factions.

By the time UsefulNotes/WorldWarI began, most of the participants in it--like Indiana Jones--tended to be properly trained archeologists who tried to handle things properly and also tried to keep their military involvement separate from their archeology. (For example, UsefulNotes/RalphBagnold was an archeologist who signed up for the British military and used his experience and innovations to help form the Desert Rats.) But it wasn't uncommon for archeological expeditions to be run like military expeditions (particularly during the war years). On occasion, these forces and their affiliated armed forces and intelligence agencies might even clash, with people getting killed and some priceless finds being either damaged or destroyed. Sometimes just to deny them to the enemy.

This has [[ScienceMarchesOn fortunately died down massively]] in recent decades, but it can still happen in select areas. Small wonder that many archaeologists in real life learned to take up arms and get out of tight situations, and that those experiences have been distorted and blown out of proportion in the public imagination.

Often the main character in a JungleOpera. Related to, but distinct from, the BoldExplorer.
See also RaidersOfTheLostParody.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* Seta from ''Manga/LoveHina''; he takes on Keitaro as an assistant for a summer job.
* Midori Sugiura's university professor and Most Important Person in ''Anime/MaiHime''; we only see him in the end, having a stereotypical AdventurerArchaeologist adventure with Midori.
* Prior to the start of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' this was [[spoiler:clone]] Syaoran's profession, giving him the seeds of skills needed for his task. (Being trained on the side by an [[VampireHunter obsessed Vampire Hunter]] helps too).
* Yuuno Scrya from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. [[ImprobableAge At age 9]]. With [[ParentalAbandonment no parental supervision]]. On top of this, he's a high-class mage. He's more self-effacing than the usual example of this trope, and has some trouble with self-esteem and romance. However, though he fulfills this archetype before and sort-of during season 1, in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs season 2]], he's introduced to the magically huge and horrendously disorganized Infinity Library. It holds any answer you might need... IF you can find it. He enters and [[DemotedToExtra practically never leaves again]].
* Bakura Ryou's father is an archaeologist in the anime and the owner of the Domino museum in the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga. Supposedly he bought the Millennium Ring on the streets of Cairo. Also, Solomon Muto--he found the Millennium Puzzle in a pharaoh's tomb filled with all sorts of traps.
* Hunter Steele from ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' may be one. Before he found the way to the Inner World, he had several archaeological tools with him. Also his grandfather may have been one because he found it first. Actually [[spoiler:Mantid was first, arriving sometime during the 19th century, which means he may have also been an archaeologist.]]
* Nico Robin of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is an [[HeelFaceTurn ex-]][[TheDragon Dragon]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot archaeologist assassin pirate]].
** Robin's mother, Nico Olvia, and a group of her fellow scholars set out on the seas of the ''Manga/OnePiece'' world to locate clues to a blank spot in history known as the Void Century -- something that the World Government wants to ''keep'' a blank spot by any means necessary, resulting in Olvia and everyone else on Robin's home island being killed and Robin herself having a bounty put on her head.
* ''Anime/ExplorerWomanRay'', title character of the anime of the same name. A late 1980s attempt by the anime industry to cash in on the popularity of '*Franchise/IndianaJones'' and the GirlsWithGuns genre (EWR's theme music even sounds eerily similar to John William's Indiana Jones theme).
* Ruby Crecent from ''Manga/SixSixSixSatan'' (a.k.a. ''O-Parts Hunter'') is a young archeologist who meets the main character when looking for her father.
* Two of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'''s Alfred/America's hobbies are adventuring and archeology.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the members of [[AcademyOfAdventure Mahora]]'s Library Club are all Adventure Archaeologists in training. Said [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything library is filled with booby traps, cliffs, waterfall, and magical items]]. Students are actually banned from going to the lower levels because of the danger. Eventually Nodoka goes even further, spending a good chunk of her time in the Magic World dungeon crawling and searching for artifacts.
* ''Manga/MasterKeaton'': Taichi is an archaeologist, though he seldom has much adventure pursuing it. His other profession as an insurance fraud investigator more than makes up for that.
* Some Hunters in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' "hunt" ancient ruins and artifacts instead of animals or people. Gon's father Ging earned recognition for his work in uncovering incredible archaeological finds.
* Pyramid King Brandon, one of the Frontier Brains from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''; exploring ancient ruins has certainly paid off for him, as he managed to tame [[OlympusMons Regirock, Regice, and Registeel]], making him the most powerful Frontier Brain (and indeed, one of the most powerful trainers in the world). Ash lost to him ''twice'' before winning on the third attempt with his four best and oldest Pokémon.
* The entire premise of ''Anime/MontanaJones'', which is essencially Indiana Jones with {{Catfolk}} - and SteamPunk AnimalMecha.

* Stand-up comic [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/mkt491/stand-up-mike-macrae--professor-jones Mike McRae]] did a bit imagining that all the undergrads wanted to take Indiana Jones's Intro to Archaeology class because it's a total blow-off. "Every semester he has to go find some ceremonial Aztec staff in Mexico or something like that. Just take it, it's easy."
** Though one would imagine that he has amazing stories to tell and -- oh yeah -- looks like ''[[{{Hunk}} god-damned]]'' '''Creator/HarrisonFord''' doesn't hurt. Even if he probably gives really hard assignments inspired by his adventures each time he comes home.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Thief from Dan Hipp's ''[[http://www.thethiefisdead.blogspot.com Gyakushu]]'' is a great example of the trope.
* Fred Perry's ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' is made of this trope, starring the Diggers sisters Gina and Brittany and Brianna, prime examples, as well as numerous archeologist rivals, allies, and even Gina Digger's students in adventure archeology.
* This was the SecretIdentity of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, who has returned as the current Hawkman.
* Archaeology is second only to research scientist on the list of "most origin-prone professions".
** Franchise/TheDCU's [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ComicBook/BlueBeetle Dan Garrett found the scarab that gave him his powers while looking through an ancient tomb.
** Rex Mason, who was transformed into ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} by an artifact in an Egyptian tomb.
** The original ComicBook/DoctorFate's father. Lot of superpowers in them tombs...
** Jared Stevens - who had a brief stint in the 90s as [[LegacyCharacter Fate]] - was a treasure hunter.
** This trend may have been due, in part, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the 1920s. Egyptology was so popular in the 1920s and early 1930s that the Chrysler Building's architecture was modeled after ancient Egyptian designs. This carried over into UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, when many super-heroes got their start.
*** Golden Age Hawkman was also an archaeologist, and it's been suggested that his civilian name, Carter Hall, was a deliberate ShoutOut to Howard Carter, the discoverer of Tutankhamen's tomb.
* Mariah from ''ComicBook/TheWarlord'' is an archaeologist who becomes a sword-swinging heroine upon her transport to the LostWorld of Skartaris.
* Goofy's cousin Arizona Goof from the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse is a spoof of this trope (or just Franchise/IndianaJones).
%%* Comicbook/XMen has Cain Marko, before he found the magic gem that turned him into TheJuggernaut.
%%* Charles and Marilyn Batson, parents of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy "Captain Marvel" Batson]], before being killed by their associate Theo "Black Adam" Adam.
* Boom! Studio's ''[[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=3237&disp=table Hunter's Fortune]]'' is proudly a poor man's Indiana Jones.
* Armando Catalano, the central character of ''ComicBook/LeScorpion'', is an adventurer ''tomb robber'' as the comic is set in the 18th century and the science of archaeology doesn't exist yet.
%%* Savant from ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' is an immortal alien AdventurerArchaeologist.
* Oklahoma Smith from the ''ComicBook/CherryComics'' parody "Oklahoma Smith and the Lost Temple of Doomed Raiders".
* Abbey Chase of ''ComicBook/DangerGirl'', at least before she joined the titular team of spies. She's actually wanted in several countries for graverobbing, among other things.
* [[Creator/CarlBarks Scrooge McDuck]] -- if the treasure exists, he must find it! His adventure in "The Seven Cities of Cibola" [[OlderThanTheyThink was actually Spielberg's inspiration]] for the [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk first]] ''Indiana Jones'' film!
* Annabelle Riggs of ''[[ComicBook/TheDefenders Fearless Defenders]]'' is an archaeologist, and one who apparently consciously modeled herself on Indiana Jones.
* Oklahoma Bones is a FunnyAnimal Indy parody, a prairie dog who appears in ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' as an expert on [[Main/EenieMeenieMinyMoai the mysterious statues on Easter Bunny Island]]. And his sidekick, Whipley the snake.
* ''ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader'' introduces Doctor Aphra, basically a gender- and moral-flipped Indiana Jones (her first scene even parodies the opening of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''). She describes herself as a "rogue archaeologist", who specializes in retrieving rare and ancient objects (especially weapons) that she then sells to the highest bidder. Vader recruits her to act as his agent, helping him to build the resources necessary to stage a coup against the Emperor, and by the time the series reaches an end, she's become [[EnsembleDarkHorse popular enough]] that she gets [[ComicBook/StarWarsDoctorAphra her own]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Daring Do of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is one of these, so stories which feature her often make reference to these tropes.
** ''Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall'' features Daring Do being WrongGenreSavvy because of her profession; she assumes that the ancient, imposing building constructed to last forever in the middle of the desert, surrounded by metallic spikes to keep intruders away, is an AncientTomb, and that the room full of writing in dozens of ancient scripts, the eponymous writing on the wall, is nothing more than a curse meant to keep future explorers away. The building isn't a tomb, and the writing isn't a curse, much to the detriment of everyone involved.
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9577922/chapters/23321096 Waking to Another Sky]] is a Series/StargateSG1 / LightNovel/SwordArtOnline ''DeconstructionCrossover'' where the staff Adventurer Archaeologist points out that the pressures of fighting the AncientAstronauts force him to do his job ''completely wrong.''
-->'''Dr. Daniel Jackson''': ďWhat I do isnít science, Janet. Science would be careful. Science would take time to develop theories and test them by experiment, instead of rushing through translations and hoping I get it right before something else blows up. What I do - itís not science. Itís rescue archaeology. We pick our way through the ruins and yank out anything that might be worth saving, because god only knows if the planet will be there tomorrow.Ē

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''[[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Atlantis: The Lost Empire]]'' fits this trope in regards to genre to a 'T'. The colourful cast that make up the crew (consisting of a linguist, engineers, geologists, excavators, demolitions experts, doctors, soldiers and more) are for the most part [[OnlyInItForTheMoney just in it for the money]], but most of them were evidenced to have been on more than one "archaeological adventure" together.
** It's worth noting that there is not one particular character that is an adventurer archaeologist. Our lead protagonist Milo Thatch is a linguist with the knowledge of the ancient civilization to guide everyone, but isn't really the adventurous type, until the events of the movie. The team have a wide range of skills and expertise under their collective belts, but individually they are all just there to do their particular job.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' re-popularized this. The movies are basically {{Genre Throwback}}s.
** This is probably why [[http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/10/10bryan.html he was denied tenure]]. Although what we see is only a very small portion of what he actually does and certain supplemental materials make it clear that he does spend a lot of time teaching, as well as identifying and cataloging artifacts for museums as well as the college he works for.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] heavily in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' where Indy is briefly seen lecturing a class that archeology is concerned with facts and research, a lot of the work is done in libraries, and he specifically tells the students it is not about finding lost cities, buried treasure or following maps to a big "X". He then promptly ditches the class to go on an action-packed adventure that involves everything he just spent class period dismissing. [[ThoseWackyNazis And some Nazis.]]
*** Another lampshade comes courtesy of a line from his father:
--->'''Henry Jones Sr.''': ''(while escaping from Nazis)'' You call THIS archaeology?!
*** Of course, the first lampshade leads to a BrickJoke later in the movie when Indie and co. figure out that the clue's answer is to look for the number 10 and they realize that the letters in the room are Roman Numerals. They can't find the number in question until Indie goes to the second floor and looks down from the railing to see a giant X marking the spot where they are looking for. For bonus points, the building in question was already established as being a library. [[FromACertainPointOfView Seems like he was taking some lessons from his Jedi friend.]] Becomes a bit more subtle when they actually do have to follow a map to a marked location (this time with a creasent, not an X) to find a lost city with treasure inside ([[TempleOfDoom though it wasn't buried until they came along.]]).
** What little we see of his students in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' ''does'' indicate that they are rather desensitized to his adventuring habit, to the extent that they see him sliding under their table in the library ''on a motorcycle'' as an opportunity to ask a question about the homework and [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight not something unusual in the slightest.]]
* The O'Connell Family from ''[[Film/TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy]]'' movies and [[WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries cartoon]] act like this, even though none of them are officially archeologists (Rick O'Connell is a military defector looking for treasure, and Evy is trained as a librarian rather than an archeologist).
* Classic early appearance: in the opening scene of the original Creator/BorisKarloff version of ''Film/TheMummy1932'', a graduate student is studying a scroll at a table when the {{mummy}}'s bandaged hand reaches past him to touch the parchment. As the {{mummy}} walks away, the man starts laughing hysterically, later saying to his mentor "He went for a little walk!" One of them notes in a later scene: "He was still laughing when when he died two years later." Yep, life is tough on graduate students and archaeologists in general.
* Charlton Heston appeared as Harry Steele in ''Secret of the Incas''. Costume designers credit this film as being the inspiration for Indy's getup.
* Benjamin Gates (played by Nicholas Cage) from Disney's ''Film/NationalTreasure'' franchise is a historian and amateur cryptologist who does all that work to be prepared to find the treasure and he only keeps looking for it so as to protect it.
* Professor Robert Langdon from ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' and other films in the series, is a symbologist who regularly finds himself involved in stopping terrorist plots that require him to uncover historical clues.
* Most of the main characters in the original
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel'' movie serial from 1941. Interestingly, the main exception to this is Billy Batson himself, who is chosen by the wizard Shazam to become Captain Marvel because he's the only person on the expedition except the native guide Tal Chotali who suggests maybe smashing one's way through tombs and grabbing whatever is in there isn't such a good idea. Later, Batson is entrusted with the scroll which explains how the serial's MacGuffin, the Scorpion, works because he "is probably the only one among us who can't translate it."
* Leslie Howard's ''Film/PimpernelSmith'', a 1941 take on ''Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1934}}'', is not only an AdventurerArchaeologist, but a ''Nazi-fighting'' AdventurerArchaeologist forty years before Indy himself.
* Darius Biederbeck, played by Robert Quarry, in ''[[Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Phibes Rises Again]]''.
* ''Film/TwoBrothers'' has a something of a subversion of the trope. [=McRory=] dynamites apart old temple ruins to sell statues to the highest bidder.
* (Amateur) adventure archaeologist is one of the hats worn by the titular heroine of ''Film/TheExtraordinaryAdventuresOfAdeleBlancSec''.
* Wu Xie from the mainland Chinese show ''The Lost Tomb'' and its film spinoff ''Time Raiders'' is a WideEyedIdealist legitimate archaeologist at the start of the show, but his entire family have been [[RobbingTheDead tomb robbers]] for generations and he quickly gets sucked into their ways.
* ''Film/TheLibrarian'' (and its successor series ''[[Series/TheLibrarians2014 The Librarians]]''), while based around the adventures of librarians, definitely adhere to this trope--though usually in a [[DeconstructorFleet knowing and ironic way]].

* Professor Robert Langdon from ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', is an adventurer symbologist.
* Literature/{{Dirk Pitt|Adventures}}'s day job is to be one of these [[RecycledInSpace OFF THE COAST!]]
* Professor Franchise/BerniceSummerfield, in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, although she is a little bit of a subversion. She actually wants to be a respected academic who does serious archeology and carefully peels back history, however she has the drawback of traveling with The Doctor. It means she does get to explore history and see firsthand how it used to be, in ways that she can extrapolate into academic work, but it also means people will be trying to kill them a lot and that most of the artifacts the Doctor is interested in will turn out to be lost superweapons or something.
* Professor Michael Murphy, in the ''Literature/BabylonRising'' series.
* ''Literature/MortalEngines'' has two of these: the cowardly SmallNameBigEgo Nimrod Pennyroyal is more of a subversion, while the driven, hard-edged Thaddeus Valentine plays it deadly straight.
* Literature/AmeliaPeabody and her husband, Radcliffe Emerson, Victorian Egyptologists in a series of mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. These two go out of their way to subvert several aspects of the trope: they regard their adventures as interruptions, most of the time, and are always itching to get back to The Dig; and they are stridently clear about Egyptian artifacts belonging to the Egyptians, not, for instance, the British Museum, and make frequent derogatory remarks about the treasure-hunting approach of their predecessors and some of their contemporaries.
* An anthropologist and zoologist rather than an archaeologist, but Professor George Edward Challenger from ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912'' and its sequels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle otherwise fits the bill to a T.
* In a rare science-fictional example, Lucinda Carlyle from Creator/{{Ken MacLeod}}'s ''Newton's Wake'' is a self-described "combat archaeologist." This involves mostly jumping through wormholes and gunning down post-singularity alien robots.
* Averted with professional archaeologist Jacob Ramsey in Christie Golden's [[VideoGame/StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy]]. Though described as a "maverick" by his peers, he points out that archaeology is not all adventures and being chased by boulders and he doesn't go about trying to manhandle his way into the Xel'Naga "temple".
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Miss Alice Band is a "stealth archaeologist" who also teaches traps and climbing at the Guild of Assassins. Any similarity to Lara Croft is entirely coincidental.
** Adora Belle Dearheart also qualifies as this in ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. She travels about the Disc, looking for a digging up old golems.
** As mentioned below, the Guild of Archeologists is portrayed as this in ''Discworld Noir'', including "tomb excavator" Loreda Cronk. Averted by ''The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide'', which portrays the Guild as very interested in dusty old pots that, to the layman, don't look any different from other dusty old pots. The head of the guild is named [[Series/TimeTeam Mr Robinson, and the Guild stamp shows him as looking like Mick Aston]].
* ''Literature/HandOfMercy'' features Helen Hawthorn. Technically Helen is an antiques dealer, but that doesn't stop her rifling through ancient artifacts, and theft and trespass at Isham house.
%% * Franchise/DocSavage
* Surprisingly, the predecessor or unbuilt form of this trope is OlderThanFeudalism: A piece of Egyptian literature from the 1st century CE, ''Setna-Khaemwase and Na-Nefer-Ka-Ptah'' tells the story of Setna, a prince of Egypt and a powerful wizard, searching necropoleis for the magical Book of Thoth which grants the reader great power. It does not end very well for him.
* ''The Takers'' by Jerry Ahern, though it's actually the BigBad who's the archaeologist. The protagonists are an action-adventure novelist, and his girlfriend who writes books on [=UFOs=], Atlantis and the occult.
* ''[[Literature/TheLordsOfCreation In the Courts of the Crimson Kings]]'', a sci-fi novel by S.M. Stirling set on ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars''-type world made plausible with BioPunk technology. The archaeologist protagonist jokes about the differences between himself and the tomb raiders of the movies. "I don't even have a bullwhip!" His colleague points out that (due to the dangerous Martian environment and culture) he ''is'' carrying a gun and a sword.
* Aemelia Harsh in Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Kingdom Beyond the Waves''.
* Dr. Roger Burrows of the ''Literature/{{Tunnels}}'' series thinks about himself this way. In reality, while he is an archaeologist and he does go on a perilous adventure, he is too much of a CloudCuckooLander to really fit the mold.
* Dr. Nina Wilde in Andy [=McDermott's=] TheHuntForAtlantis and subsequent sequels; she specializes in mythological legends such as Atlantis and Excalibur. [[InTheBlood Her parents were also archaeologists]] and were murdered on an expedition to the Himalayas to find evidence of Atlantis.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'', the crew of the ''Even Odds'' are often in line with this trope. Technically they're a retrieval squad, but they usually have a genuine archaeologist or two among them. While research is implied to be their primary activity, the resident archaeologists certainly participate in the actual retrievals, which usually involve the sort of excitement you don't find on genuine digs.
** In the ''Literature/StarTrekMirrorUniverse'', the novel ''Worst of Both Worlds'' has Jean Luc Picard of the Mirror Universe as a treasure hunter and slave to Gul Madred. He eventually runs away and uses the treasures and wonders he's found to destroy the Borg Cube that invades the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance.
* In the ''Literature/{{Virals}}'' series by Kathy Reichs, Tory Brennan and her fellow virals are this when trying to find a female pirate's treasure.
* Alex Benedict, the titular antiquities dealer of the ''Literature/AlexBenedict'' series, is one.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Ron's badass older brother Bill is said to work as a "curse-breaker" in Egypt. It's implied that this line of work involves being a cross between this trope and a BombDisposal technician.
* The [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends old Star Wars Expanded Universe]] has a side character, never featuring clearly, named [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Corellia_Antilles Corellia Antilles]] who is basically a {{Gender Flip}}ped {{Expy}} of Indy. Her name is similarly "place plus common last name" - her real name is Henrietya - she specializes in "dangerous artifact collection" aka treasure hunting, and she was the subject of a popular series of holos.
** The new canonical Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has a similar character named Doctor Aphra, who works for Darth Vader.
** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'''s Hoole is actually more of an Adventure Anthropologist - or xenoanthropologist, whatever word would be used for the study of different sentient species - but he gets roped into a spot of archaeology in ''Spore'', when some miners have DugTooDeep and found a DoorOfDoom with weird inscriptions on it.
* Justified in the ''Literature/EarthGirl'' trilogy: In the 28th century pre-history teams are digging through the ruins of EarthThatUsedToBeBetter for one reason, and one reason only: To uncover LostTechnology and fundamental research preserved in stasis boxes before their power supplies fail or the places where they are buried become even more inaccessible due to fallen skyscrapers or collapsed land rafts. Thus they actually cannot afford to dig out and brush off stuff slowly. Explosives and laser cutters are often used and rubble is just unceremoniously piled up next to an excavation.
** But all of that pales in comparison to the adventures of Jarra, Fian, their dig team, their pre-history class, and Asgard 2 dig team over the course of three books: [[spoiler:They remember the Ark caves to evacuated the handicapped to, excavate a rubble-buried crash-landed spaceship, dig out and reactivate alien tech, make first contact with an alien probe, run away from a space ship armed with a frigging Laser beam and [[FakingTheDead fake their own death]], survive an attack of a [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile-filled space ship]], get Alpha Sector to allow Earth to join them, get the Earth government to be democratically elected, have her immune system replaced by a risky potentially fatal experimental technology to be able to leave Earth and is the first [[HandicappedBadass disabled]] person in history to go on an extrasolar travel, figure out the chimera could still be around, become pioneers in xenoarcheology, have a statue/memorial for her and her teams, win at life.]]
* In A. Merritt's lush 1924 fantasy novel ''The Ship of Ishtar'', John Kenton is described in terms that suggest he is one of these. He has the ship because a fellow archaeologist sent it to him, and he has no trouble reading the cuneatic script on the stone block in which it was inclosed. He has a room full of "his spoils from many a far away corner of the world". We learn later that he's also a veteran of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and pretty good at hand-to-hand combat.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the show ''Series/RelicHunter'', Sydney Fox (played by Tia Carerre).
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel Jackson is a "purer" example in flashbacks, but modifies the way he works once he joins the SG team. He is occasionally mentioned to be on more traditional archeology digs when his schedule permits. It's frequently implied that if Daniel had his way, he'd have the Stargate be used ''solely'' for this purpose. Daniel's status as this (as well as [[TookALevelInBadass the levels in badass he's taken]]) are lampshaded in one episode when one of the soldiers on the team that SG-1 will be guarding mentions [[SarcasmMode how much safer he feels]] knowing that an archaeologist has his back. Daniel responds by holding up a knife and asking which end he's supposed to put the bullets in. Also lampshaded when the team questions a man that claims to be an archaelogist about his weapon:
--->'''Jack:'''What kind of archeologist carries a gun?\\
'''Daniel:''' Uh, I do.\\
'''Jack:''' Okay, bad example.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In a few stories, Captain Picard gets to air out his AdventurerArchaeologist side.
** [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Vash Vash]]: love interest of Jean-Luc Picard, partner of Q.
* ''[[Series/TheLibrarians2014 The Librarians]]''; as with its predecessor films, the titular librarians are not technically archaeologists but definitely fulfill this trope.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/SuperSentai''
** In ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', the mentor of the team/father of the Red Ranger is one of these. Consequently, the Rangers themselves spend the bulk of the season generally following in his footsteps. This unique combination of BigDamnHeroes and AdventurerArchaeologist tends to result in a ''lot'' of property damage to ancient temples/exotic locales, not just their CityOfAdventure.
** Overdrive's parent show, ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'', is all about this, that year's theme being "adventure". It's even part of their roll call.
** Tanya of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' has parents that are these. Prior to the events of ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers'', Tanya was left in an African village while they ended up disappearing. When Yellow Ranger Aisha, her and most of the world altered by Rita and Zedd putting the world back in time, came to retrieve a fragment of the Zeo Crystal, the two swap places. Not only does she become the new Yellow Ranger, being this allows her to rescue her parents and retrieve Auric the Conqueror
%%* ''Series/{{Bonekickers}}''
* Professor George Edward Challenger from ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''.
* Charlotte from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' may fit. She's been identified as an anthropologist rather than an archaeologist, but in her first scene, she was butting in on a dig to [[spoiler:unearth a Dharma polar bear in Tunisia]] and the show runners even addressed the archaeologist/anthropologist/Indiana Jones issue in a podcast. She also appears to be something of an ActionGirl.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Professor River Song in "Silence in the Library".
--->'''The Doctor:''' Tell me you're not archaeologists?\\
'''River:''' Got a problem with archaeologists?\\
'''The Doctor:''' I'm a time traveller. I ''point and laugh'' at archaeologists.
** He quickly learns not to underestimate her, because when you have a time travelling archeologist, you get awesome. In fact, [[spoiler:''they're married''!]]
---> '''Rory''': So... What kind of doctor are you?\\
'''River''': Archaeology. ''[[[OffhandBackhand shoots alien behind her]]]'' Love a tomb.
** Being a time-travelling archaeologist gives River plenty of foresight for her schemes. She had no need to fear Flemming in "The Husbands of River Song" because [[spoiler:she dug him up]].
* Though an anthropologist rather than an archaeologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan of ''{{Series/Bones}}'' appears to harbor the occasional delusion of Lara Croft-hood. The series has established that she's an accomplished martial artist, markswoman and survival expert:
-->'''Caroline:''' Fine. Stop me when I get something wrong. Trained in three types of martial arts, two assault charges, registered marksman with the NRA, hunting licenses in four states...
-->'''Booth:''' You ''hunt?''
-->'''Brennan:''' Only for food.
-->'''Caroline:''' Shot an unarmed man...
-->'''Brennan:''' He was trying to light me on fire!
** The pilot episode hangs a few more lampshades on this, as the first five minutes show her returning from some South American jungle with a carry-on full of skulls, for which she neglected to obtain the proper importation permits, and then [[spoiler:executing vigilante justice on Cleo Eller's murderer when it looks like the man will escape prosecution]].
*** To be fair, as she said in the above quote, he ''was'' trying to light her on fire.
** It is worth pointing out that, while she does enjoy joining Booth in the field, from what she's described of her anthropological excursions, she doesn't go looking for adventure. She gets plenty of excitement just looking at the skeleton in a lab. It's just that the places she goes aren't exactly known for being safe (identifying victims in a mass grave in a war-torn country, for example). Her combat skills, etc. are for her own protection.
* In the ''Series/CSINY'' episode "The Cost of Living", one of these breaks into a disused part of the UsefulNotes/NewYorkCitySubway and retrieves an item, in a large-scale homage to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' that probably left many viewers wondering what they were watching... Then the team find his corpse:
-->'''Stella:''' Seems James [Sutton] fashioned himself a real Indiana Jones.
-->'''Mac:''' [[QuipToBlack Until someone made this]] his [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade last crusade]].
** Late in the episode it is revealed that [[spoiler:the adventurer archaeologist was a fraud. Having purchased the identity of a legitimate archaeologist, the man proceeded to live the fantasy of an adventurer archaeologist. He ended up being more successful than the person whose identity he was using]].
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' a department store saleswoman flirts with Ross, using the absurd equation "paleontologist+works out=Indiana Jones." Talk about laying it on with a trowel. Ross is pleased, however (it helps the woman is gorgeous, much to Rachel's chagrin).
* ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' has, strangely, an aversion. The show was created to be educational. The DVD sets include educational documentaries about people and events in the show... and the first one has a [[HypocrisyNod documentary about what real-life archeology is like]].
* In ''Series/TheSentinel'', Blair Sandburg is an anthropologist but has serious AdventurerArchaeologist moments such as taking out a bad guy with a vending machine and jumping out of an airplane into the South American jungle with Jim to rescue Simon & Daryl Banks. Not bad for a neo-hippie witch doctor punk.
* Examples of this trope IN SPACE are apparently common in the Verse of ''Series/BabylonFive'', among them Sheridan's wife, who disappeared on an archeological expedition.
* Max Eilerson, from the short-lived spinoff ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', is an archaeologist who joins the crew of the Excalibur to gallivant across the Galaxy exploring the ruins of ancient alien civilizations. Of course, Max, working for a corporation, is mainly concerned with financial gain from any alien artifact or knowledge. This frequently puts him in conflict with the rest of the cast, who only do this out of necessity.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick and Mary got invited on an archaeological dig. Dick showed up dressed like Indiana Jones and waving around a bullwhip. It turns out he's WrongGenreSavvy and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70EsCj7ho1o&t=3m41s the dig is actually realistic]].
* This is Alexia's occupation in-game in ''Series/{{Pixelface}}''.
* Briefly lampshaded in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', when the agents are sent to unearth Warehouse 2 in Egypt, [[Creator/HGWells Helena Wells]] changes into a very Lara Croft-esque outfit. When asked by Myka what she's doing, Helena explains that she's done research what female archaeologists wear. Myka corrects her, explaining that this is what American film-makers ''think'' female archaeologists wear.
* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Murdoch and the Temple of Death", the VictimOfTheWeek is an Adventure Archeologist who [[spoiler:found the Holy Grail in an exact duplicate of the Hagia Sophia built in Canada by ''another'' Adventure Archeologist, who took it from the real one]]. Crabtree is inspired to write a novel about "a swashbuckling archeologist", although Murdoch thinks ItWillNeverCatchOn. The whole thing is, of course, an ''Indiana Jones'' pastiche.
* Janice Covington, from a clip-show episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', was clearly this trope in action (she had a ''[[MoreDakka Gatling gun]]'' in her tent!) who was obsessed with finding evidence of Xena's travels. She fancied herself a direct descendent of Xena, and was initially disappointed to find out that she was a descendant of Gabrielle instead.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Season 3 introduced Julian Albert, who in the past embarked on an expedition to finding the Brahmastra (or Philosopher's Stone). He donned a fedora and an attire much like that of Indiana himself. Later when Team Flash visit Gorilla City in Earth-2, Julian tags along once again wearing the same outfit, not wanting to pass up a trip to a parallel dimension that housed sentient apes.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' Season 2 has Nate Heywood, who is actually a historian, but also joins the time travelling team. He gets a lot more adventure than his typically literature job offers, being able to meet the historical figures and places up close.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The one, the only, Beckett of Clan Gangrel in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1677764/20/Gehenna_The_Musical Hot like Croft and cool like Jones]], baby.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' games:
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has "archeomancers", a faction of the Mysterium (collectors of magical lore) who search old ruins for artefacts.
** ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' has two such groups: the Loyalists of Thule, who track down arcane secrets to defend humanity from occult dangers and [[StupidJetpackHitler make up for that whole Hitler thing]], and the Aegis Kai Doru, who collect magical artifacts and use them in their fight against threats to humanity.
* It is also possible to pull off an Adventurer Archaeologist character in the ''{{TabletopGame/Eberron}}'' setting for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons. Indeed, the ''Forge of War'' book indicates that it's possible to run a war campaign in which one is attempting to locate ancient artifacts to deny them to enemy forces, "[[Franchise/IndianaJones like a certain whip-wielding, fedora-wearing archaeologist.]]"
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' has the Explorer's Society, a continent-spanning organization of Adventurer Archaeologists. And their rivals.
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s ''Seal of the Wheel'' supplement has the Two-Fisted Archeologist, which is a direct homage to Indiana Jones, with a unique schtick that allows them to defy death, showing up ten sequences later all banged up and with a crazy story to tell about how they survived. Most of them work for the Ascended, but some of them go independent or join the Dragons. There's also several fan archetypes lurking about the net.
* One of the character classes in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', Rogue Scholar is this, the picture of the character template even looks like Indy.
** The Rogue Scientist fits the bill as well, only with a slightly different set of priorities. Both classes are adventurers dedicated to combing the ruins of Rifts Earth in search of lost knowledge from the Golden Age of Mankind (i.e. the late 21st Century). Rifts Earth is such a CrapsackWorld that if they didn't know how to defend themselves, they probably wouldn't make it ''to'' the ruins alive, let alone get back in one piece.
* The ''Back East'' supplements for ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' included an Archaelogist archetype suitable for use as a player character that was very heavily based on Indiana Jones.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' this profession is called "Scavenger Lord," and in some parts of the world is a very respectable, even honored career. The Second Age is littered with the ruins, and sometimes the incalculably valuable/dangerous artifacts/superweapons/LostTechnology of the First Age, which may be guarded by ghosts, monsters, or demons. A successful Scavenger Lord must be much more than a bookworm to survive, but the potential payout is high.
* Techpriests from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' combine this with CargoCult and LostTechnology. In true [[DarkerAndEdgier 40k fashion]], there's not much romantic adventure in their work. Though if they end up waking up some Necrons (again), things can get far too adventurous for one's comfort...
** Speaking of Necrons, Trazyn the Infinite scours battlefields looking for artifacts and knickknacks to add to his collection. Some of his finds have been alien monsters, powerful artifacts, and five regiments of Imperial Guard an Inquisitor "gave" to him.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' Society is an organization of these, dedicated to uncovering ancient knowledge and publishing it in the Pathfinder Chronicles. They are frequently pitted against the Aspis Consortium, who at best sell to the highest bidder and at worst will grind down precious historical artifacts into powder for use as spell components.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' most members of the ICIC count. The Ahnenerbe also have Archaeologists on Mars plus various freebooters and scientists also qualify.
* ''TapletopGame/ArkhamHorror'' spinoff Eldritch Horror turns most of the playable characters into this, as they must fight monsters and often go on Expeditions to historical sites. In the game, however, Monterey Jack is an archaeologist by profession, and Ursula Downs is an explorer, so they fit the trope from a professional standpoint.

* Johnny Thunder of Toys/LEGOAdventurers and Jake Raines of LEGO Pharaoh's Quest both fit this trope to a tee. Based on his bio on the Toys/LEGODinoAttack website, Digger might also qualify.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Franchise/IndianaJones himself is the hero in two classic Adventure games: ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (based on the movie) and ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' set in the summer of 1939, just before World War II kicks off.
* Lara Croft from the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games and [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider movies]]. In fairness, when she gets into these kinds of situations, she's usually chasing far more powerful enemies seeking artifacts. Both the movies and games occasionally had a BigBad wanting to abuse some mystical power - in other words, Lara Croft isn't so concerned about preserving the ancient ruins because she's in a race against time to keep some villain from using a powerful artifact with horrendous consequences.
%%* In ''VideoGame/{{Tutankham}}'', the player character is obviously one of these.
* Nathan Drake from the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series. No one even calls what he does 'archeology'. They all refer to him as a thief, and they're absolutely right, though [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI he'd probably prefer "treasure hunter"]]. It's just, sometimes treasure is inside museums, or under guard by heavily-armed mercenaries. [[spoiler:Funnily enough, the series actually ends with him transitioning ''into'' legal, more realistic archaeology.]]
--> '''Nathan:''' You don't deserve it! \\
'''[[{{Foil}} Rafe]] [[BigBad Adler]]:''' [[NotSoDifferent And you do?]] [[VillainHasAPoint Last I checked we are all a bunch of thieves digging around where we shouldn't.]]
* Phoebe from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has a great interest in the ancient Eldrid {{Precursors}} known as the Aztanti and the various mysteries associated with them. As such, she has a fondness for going on expeditions into Aztanti ruins. Whether it's going to recover an Aztanti skeletal relic to serve as the base for her fellow Battleborn Kelvin's physical form as detailed in his and Miko's lore challenges, or exploring deep within the bowels of Ekkunar to discover secrets as what happens in her DLC Story Operation, Phoebe is always up for an adventure into the ruins of the ancient precursor civilization.
* The main characters in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', in the most technical sense. They're Vault Hunters, searching for ancient Eridian Vaults hidden in Pandora and in the process finding tremendous power, loot, and knowledge. Maya from ''2'' is a more specific example, as she is travelling the galaxy to learn more about Sirens like herself, and Pandora has close connections of Sirens and their powers.
* The Guild of Archeologists in ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' is a lot like this. It may be notable that their spokesperson is a young woman named "Laredo Cronk".
* The "[[Franchise/IndianaJones Jones]]" class in ''VideoGame/TheDungeonOfDoom''.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'' - The Archeology skill tree is chock full of shout outs to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' (you even start the game with a familiar NiceHat), but the only exploration and taking of valuable ancient artifacts you do is for your own survival, and anything you're not currently equipped with is probably getting sold as VendorTrash.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the [[PlayerCharacter Nerevarine]] has the opportunity to be this as part of Edwinna Elbert's Mages Guild quest line. You'll collect rare [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] items and schematics from dangerous ruins, as well as check in on an actual archaeologic expedition at a Dwemer ruin. If you collect a set of unique books throughout these quests and take them to a knowledgeable scholar, you can come up with [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence the best]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong theory]] to date about why the Dwemer [[RiddleForTheAges disappeared]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', there are many Ayleid ruins scattered across Cyrodiil, some of which involved in quests while the others are simply there to provide you some treasure (and trap)-filled dungeons to explore. Umbacano's quest specifically invokes this trope, as it involves the Hero exploring a good dozen of those ruins to find specific ancient artifacts.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] will engage in this, especially during the College of Winterhold questline, but there's also Katria from the ''Dawnguard'' expansion. Katria dedicated her life to locating the Aetherium Forge, which is split into a number of shards all over Skyrim. The catch is that Katria's life was cut short by a Dwemer automaton, but her ghost will assist you through the quest. Once you help her complete her life's work (and prove her apprentice as a fraud), she thanks you as a friend and wishes you luck in your adventures before fading away.
* ''VideoGame/{{Egoboo}}'' has an Archaeologist class that is directly derived from Franchise/IndianaJones and all of its other CaptainErsatz and hommage characters like VideoGame/{{Spelunky}} and [[VideoGame/LaMulana Lemeza Kosugi]] with a whip, a fedora and according skills.
* ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' begins with the hero and his RobotGirl sidekick getting permission to explore a crashed spaceship... that they were recovered from when he was a baby.
* Dr. Edwin Linsey in the sixth chapter of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''.
* One career path in ''VideoGame/EVEOnline''. Recovering artifacts is part of exploration, and it can be dangerous - as with most things in EVE, the best sites are in low-security space, exposing any would-be archaeologist to attack by pirates. Also, EVE archaeologists are less concerned with studying history and more concerned with finding useful bits of LostTechnology.
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'' there is a series of artifact fetch quests you can perform for archaeologist Belle Rennock - likely a reference to Rene Belloq from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* Locke from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' represents the thief class in the game and has the "steal" command. [[InsistentTerminology But you'd better call him a treasure hunter]] or he'll rip your lungs out!!!
* The original idea of sphere hunters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' was this - dive into the ruins, grab the recording sphere, haul it back to a historian and let the contents be known. Within only a couple of years, however, it seems to have devolved into a mixture of this, tomb robbery, and a bit of out-and-out piracy, and that's just the heroes.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', in the mission to recruit Montblanc. The reason he went to Jylland was treasure hunting. However, after Montblanc learned the treasures were already ''found'' by Luso, he says "Please, kupo, let's be realistic here. My life is more than bauble-hunting!"
* The {{Mooks}} in the Flash game ''VideoGame/GuardianRock'' also qualify, though they have antagonizing roles.
* The Durmand Priory from ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. They vowed to seek ancient artifacts (Dwarf artiacts especially) in order to find a way to defeat the Elder Dragons.
* Henry Hatsworth, from ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure''.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Infidel}}'' is a deconstruction, a greedy treasure hunter whose only interest in the pyramid he's exploring is the valuable treasures it may contain, and who is acting as a lone adventurer only because he's such a jerkass the rest of his expedition abandoned him and went home.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', one of the 2015 annual familiars available to donors at Mr. Store is the Indiana Jones-esque Adventurous Spelunker, who increases money and item drops, attacks with his whip, and drops an item that gives access to a VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}-inspired mini-game.
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', Joran Cynessa ''claims'' to be this, telling people who wonder why he's in a warzone that he intrepid ventured there for the sake of his work. Of course, if he happens to find a few interesting weapons along the way, selling them to carefully screened, discerning buyers is a perfectly respectable way to finance his work. (He's actually just a weapons smuggler.)
* Professor Alba of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' starts out as a subversion. As Estelle and Joshua encounter him in numerous ruins across the world, he is the typical absent-minded academic, possessing no offensive power of his own and needing to be kept safe on escort missions. [[spoiler:Then, at the ''very'' end of First Chapter, he is revealed to be the BigBad of the series.]]
* Zelda, and to a lesser extent Link, in the backstory for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. Zelda traveled the kingdom researching the dilapidated ruins of Old Hyrule and the LostTechnology associated with that civilization. She was the original owner of the Sheikah Slate, and was very annoyed to find that the Shrines were only designed to work for the hero bonded to the Master Sword.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' with Dr. Liara T'Soni. When you first meet her, she's a meek, shy scientist that's fallen foul of one of the death traps in the ruin she's excavating. Once she's off-planet, however, she's able to keep up with three trained marines, a former Special Forces soldier and a thousand-year-old krogan battlemaster. In the second game she's switched career paths and is now an up-and-coming information broker. Her personal DLC sees her [[spoiler:killing and replacing the most influential information trader in the galaxy, promoting herself to Illusive Man-level mover and shaker.]]
** When asked about how traveling with Shepard's crew compares to her previous work, Liara laments that she'd be happier with more exploration time and fewer explosions.
** Referenced again in Lair of the Shadow Broker. Liara comments at one point that information trading isn't that different from archaeology, in that you're sifting mountains of refuse for a few valuable scraps - however, dead bodies tend to smell a bit more when they're not thousands of years old. Later in the DLC, a search of her apartment will turn up a framed copy of her doctorate (another character comments that "she really got her money's worth out of that education"), a painting of the ruins on Ilos, and several display-cased Prothean artifacts.
** One of the uncharted worlds mentions the planet is occupied by a volus billionare who is obsessed with searching the planet's abandoned crypts for "lost beings of light" who hid away weapons to fight a "darkness from beyond the stars." It's implied the volus is insane (although Shepard and their crew would likely disagree), but he has his own army of mercenaries digging up the planet.
** Shepard can play Adventurer Archaeologist in both games, recovering ancient asari writings, turian clan insignia, Prothean artifacts and data disks from sites spanning the galaxy. You can even keep a Prothean relic in your cabin as an art piece.
** By the time of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', archaeology has become a necessity. The Reapers are invading, and the best bet to stop them is to build the Crucible: an ancient Prothean-designed weapons system. The most effective way to decipher the Prothean script surrounding this weapon is to study Prothean artifacts, effectively ''militarizing'' archaeology.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'', Pharaoh Man is a robot created for the purpose of being one of these. He's designed to explore Egyptian ruins, and was built with superior speed and agility for the sake of evading {{deathtrap}}s, and powerful optical sensors that allow him to perceive objects through walls, making it easier to navigate the dark catacombs. His likeness to a pharaoh is even intended to stave off any ancient curses by making it seem like he belongs there.
* Lemeza Kosugi of ''Videogame/LaMulana'', who is a parody of Indiana Jones, down to the hat and constant use of a whip as a tool and a weapon. He sets out to the ruins of La-Mulana after receiving a letter from his father claiming that "He found it!" and that he "won" over Lemeza, like it's a competition. Due to the competitive relationship Lemeza and his father Shorn (or Shawn) share, the actions in which you get money in the game (by breaking pots with your weapon), and the the lack of character development afterwards, ''WebVideo/ArmoredChocobo'' portrayed him as a greedy version of this trope in his Let's Play, going as far as saying his clothes are green because they are "made out of dollar bills" and the phrase "It doesn't belong in a museum, it belongs in Lemeza's pockets!"
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' has an Archaeologist class that starts with a whip and fedora.
* Goombella in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is an archeology student, but every bit as adventurous as many examples here.
%%* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/PharaohsTomb'' and sequel ''ArcticAdventure'', one Nevada Smith.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Champion Cynthia]]. The focus of her study is the historical (and prehistoric) interactions and relationships between humans and Pokemon, and she seems to have a special interest in the mythology of [[OlympusMons legendary Pokemon]], which explains her involvement in the events of ''Platinum''.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Gym Leader Lenora]] is hinted to be a retired one.
* Herschel Layton from the ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' series is technically an archaeologist, though he spends more time in the games solving puzzles ([[AmateurSleuth and crimes]]). He does get in some ruin-exploring in a few games, such as ''Miracle Mask''.
* RobertRipley as imagined in ''VideoGame/TheRiddleOfMasterLu'' is not a real archaeologist, but his search for clues in sometimes dangerous ancient locations in order to get to enter the tomb of the first emperor of China to stop a magical McGuffin from falling into the wrong hands is just like something from Indiana Jones -- except that he isn't good at the fighting, he lets his girlfriend do that.
* ''VideoGame/SecretFiles'' has [[{{Deuteragonist}} Max Gruber]] who fits the trope. In the second game of the series, Sam Peters, a classmate of Max, is a rare female version.
* In the "World Adventures" expansion pack for ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' you can be such an archaeologist, exploring tombs in the three travel locations for valuable treasures and unique furniture.
* The [[NoNameGiven nameless hero]] of ''VideoGame/SkyOdyssey'' is said to be the latest in a line of explorers who set out to find the [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis Hidden Tower of Maximus]] within the Islands of the Dark Sea. While we don't actually see him [[InformedAbility doing any archaeology in the game]], given that his goal is to rediscover the ancient lost city it makes sense that he would be one of these.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'', an Indiana Jones lookalike.
* Ernest from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' was Indiana Jones with three eyes.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' allows any character to become this by taking the Archaeology crew Skill. The Jedi and Sith classes also spend some of their early levels delving into ancient ruins on their respective homeplanets and one of the Sith Inquisitor's companions, Talos Drellik, is a member of the Imperial Reclamations Unit whose job is to specifically seek out ancient Sith ruins and artifacts though he's more of a scholar than a fighter.
* Lorelei, Zweig, and Killey in the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series are all {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s, with Lorelei even wielding a [[{{Homage}} whip]] in one game.
%%* Waffle's uncle in ''VideoGame/TailConcerto''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'''s main character [[TheHero Sorey]] and his [[TheLancer best friend]]/"[[HoYay boyfriend]]" [[MakingASplash Mikleo]] are this, having an {{Adorkable}} passion for history and ruins that comes up more than once on their quest to save the world. In fact they start off their adventure exploring ruins and discover the unconscious [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Alisha]], dragging them into the standard hero's journey and world saving. In fact, they would prefer to just explore the world and uncover the history over fighting evil...though they aren't adverse to multi-tasking! [[spoiler:In the epilogue, an older Mikleo is seen living out their dream of exploring ruins around the world...just before Sorey, who'd been [[RipVanWinkle asleep since right after the final battle]], shows up in time to rescue him from a fall.]]
* Garrett of ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' is at least honest in that he freely admits to being a looter. He winds up otherwise fulfilling the role anyway, though, as he usually manages to grab at least one MacGuffin without meaning to. Though one treasure in a lost city setting in ''VideoGame/{{Thief}} 2'' triggers him to ponder aloud that "Archaeologist sounds much more dignified than Thief". Archeologists normally don't break into museums to reacquire the artifacts they had sold to them.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Brann Bronzebeard and [[CaptainErsatz Harrison Jones]] are the leading examples, joined by Belloc Brightblade in Cataclysm.
** The Explorers' League seems to lean towards this somewhat. This is likely a reflection of its recent birth out of renewed Dwarven interest in their origins and thus a lack of well-developed procedures. Their leaning towards more aggressive archaeology is seen in the numerous large pits dug by dwarven archaeologist, often with explosives, and the angry, displaced locals trying to kill them as a result.
** With Cataclysm the early connotations of archaeology's sordid early years has become even more obvious. The Reliquary and League, Horde and Alliance archaeology initiatives respectively, often find themselves at direct cross-purposes. Their solutions usually involve asking players to murder their opposition, sabotage their opposition, and/or steal finds from their opposition.
** As of ''Cataclysm'', [[AnAdventurerIsYou the players]] are this. Digging up artifacts, it's not uncommon for player Archaeologists to find themselves first needing to fight off the rightful or not-so-rightful owners of the artifacts before making a break for it. Although the tedium and long work involved does show fairly effectively (in MMO terms). It can take a round-continent trip of an hour to complete a single project, which is often something you had found previously. Then, like many early archaeologists, you sell it to the highest bidder.
*** Similar to real archaeology, most finds are relatively common with little value, with the more valuable finds being rarer. The most sought-after artifacts can only be discovered once per character and can be exceedingly rare to discover.
*** A large portion of Uldum is an archaeology adventure styled after ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', complete with wanton destruction of ancient artifacts.
** ''Mists of Pandaria'' adds new dimensions to archaeology, including an actual museum, crates to store completed artifacts, and a map allowing you to locate new sites. While this produces a slightly more mature take on archaeology, digging now has the potential to wake the continent's native [[TheHeartless Sha]].
** ''Warlords of Draenor'' brings back Harrison Jones giving a series of quest chains to [[ArchaeologicalArmsRace recover powerful relics for your faction]]. Most of the hard work is done by other archaeologists who are killed by the unhappy natives. The profession now wakes angry ghosts of the related race rather than monsters.
* In ''VideoGames/TheAgeOfDecadence,'' characters who choose the Loremaster class are specifically geared toward becoming this. Searching ancient ruins and uncovering the events that directly led to the game's apocalyptic setting. Often, however, digging up and fiddling with highly advanced ancient technology can have incredibly destructive results for the inhabitants of what remains of the world.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Riff's father appears to be one of these, as well as the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' parody ''Lara Craft Macaroni & Cheese''.
* Montana Jones from ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', an AffectionateParody of Franchise/IndianaJones, and, to a lesser extent, his father, Professor North Dakota Jones (an AffectionateParody of [[Creator/SeanConnery Indy's father]]) and his grandfather, Schliemannian Chair of Archaeology Minnesota Jones. Also Ginny Smith [[spoiler:although she's also a FemmeFatale in a constant HeelFaceRevolvingDoor]]
* From ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Monica's grandfather was one of these. Monica herself, on the other hand would claim to be an archaeologist of the far more mundane variety. She spends most of her time either in a library, or analyzing things for the museum, and she doesn't do field work. However, that being said, she still did manage to help bring down a smuggling ring in the process of acquiring an artifact.
** [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/comfortnotspeed/ Lampshaded here]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[GenkiGirl Aradia Megido]] was one before she died. [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Even after death]], she continued exploring and retrieving items from ruins, except she was focused on one set of prediscovered ruins with the intent of using them to create [[TheGamePlaysYou Sgrub]]. Her user initials are even aA; except it stands for apocalypseArisen.
** Jade's Grandpa [[spoiler:and his Alpha counterpart, Jake]] is also one.
* Stomp's uncle in ''{{Webcomic/Stomp}}'' claims to be one of these. Whether this is true or not isn't exactly certain.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'' [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-one-hundred-fifty-five/ Caleb claims to be one.]]
* Some of the platoons in ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' are orientated towards archaeology. The most prominent archeologist platoon is Commander Breanne Geothe's platoon (who we meet in the second chapter).
* In ''Webcomic/RavenWolf'', Fitz and his now-retired mentor, Eve's dad and owner of the museum of the city of Cordella, fit in this trope.
* ''Webcomic/OurWorld'': Chad Ivington, as seen on the ShowWithinAShow "Mysteries of the Unexplained."
* Vesper's father in ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' seems to be this - he's always away from home and civillization in general, raiding ancient cities and searching for magical artifacts.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' has Gahiji "Dust" Thutmose and Rick "Adventure" Spherus; the latter is even described as looking like a shameless knock-off of Indiana Jones.
* ''Roleplay/EquestrianLegends'' has Icefox, a blatant Indiana Jones expy.
* Parodied in the ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/loadingreadyrun/7862-The-Fountain The Fountain]]. The Indiana Jones character wants to travel the globe to solve the riddles and open the door to the FountainOfYouth but the financier backing him points out that they can just use explosives to blast it open instead.
* ''Website/TheOnion'': [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38680 "Archaeologist Tired Of Unearthing Unspeakable Ancient Evils"]].
* In the other direction: [[http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/10/10bryan.html Indiana Jones Denied Tenure]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The fictional version of Creator/JackieChan from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. This trope is parodied, however, when he comes to his niece's career day and gives an accurate explanation of what archeology is like in real life. He'd rather do the proper archeology, but rarely has time before the bad guys show up to try to grab the artifact.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', this is the career of Lord Monty Fiske, until he reveals himself as Lord Monkey Fist (in his first appearance).
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Grandpa Max stepped into this role, with Ben and Gwen along for the ride, to keep an ancient superweapon from falling into the hands of the Forever Knights. All three are pretty glad when it's over.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' features three different AdventurerArchaeologist guest star characters, one of whom is an Franchise/IndianaJones parody.
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' fits the trope very well when on one of his thrilling treasure hunts. His original comic book even predates Indiana Jones!
* Dr. Crockery from the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Throw Mummy from the Train".
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', ComicBook/RedTornado, in his secret identity as an archaeology professor, tells his students that archaeology is not about adventuring but rather long hours of boring research. [[HypocriticalHumor Then he saves Christmas alongside Batman.]][[note]]The adventure itself had nothing to do with archaeology.[[/note]]
* One of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' animated movies, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInWheresMyMummy'', has Velma become one of these, as well as having another one as her friend and ''yet another'' one, this one an evil Lara Croft {{Expy}}, as a villain.
* Niko and Audra Miles in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', though the latter is technically an anthropologist.
* I.J. Domiwick from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' is a villainous example.
* ShowWithinAShow example from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In "Read it and Weep", while Rainbow Dash is in the hospital, she reads about Adventure Archaeologist JustForFun/DaringDo[[note]]Yes, we have an article on the book[[/note]], as we watch her exploits on screen. It's basically an homage to Indiana Jones. Then later in "Daring Don't", we learn Daring Do exists for ''real'' and she's been writing the books under an assumed name.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte's visit to Egypt arguably codified this trope. When Napoleon went to Egypt as a General, he carried an entire scientific expedition with him and he tried his best to blend in with the locals (try being the big word, [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy his behaviour was actually quite embarrassing]]), while visiting Alexandria and seeing the Pyramids. During his time there, his scientists collected a huge range of data and one of his officers discovered the Rosetta Stone. The stone would later fall into the hands of the English, but the French made etchings of it and took many samples and transcriptions back to France. It would take some two decades before Napoleon's expedition lead to the publication of "Descryption of Egypt" the birth of modern Egyptology including alongside it, Champollion's translation of the Rosetta Stone which deciphered the hieroglyphs. This was considered a seminal moment in modern archeology and it sparked and led to a huge drive among the English and other governments to start raiding tombs, discovering ruins, and grabbing stuff that didn't belong to them.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Bruce,_7th_Earl_of_Elgin#Elgin_Marbles Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin]] spent much of his ambassadorship to the Ottoman Empire during the Greek War of Independence at the Parthenon, recently exploded after the Turks used it as an ammo dump. Elgin collected and removed various friezes and sculptures and sent them back to Britain and sold them to the British Museum, where the 'Elgin Marbles' still reside. This is despite the complaints of the Greek government, whose repeated requests/demands for the repatriation of the Marbles are enough of a feature that the Museum actually has small pamphlets in the gallery summarising their views on the matter: in essence, 'lol, nope'. Whether Elgin was a saviour of the priceless sculptures or, as Lord Byron phrased it, "a dishonest and rapacious vandal" is still an open question. Incidentally his descendant was the guy who ordered [[MonumentalDamage the destruction of the Old Summer Palace at Beijing]], so some things do [[InTheBlood run in the family]].
* Sometimes of course, archaeology is about being in the right place at the right time. Two of the biggest and most influential archeological finds of the 20th Century were found by amateurs outside the profession:
** Poor Greek sponge divers in 1908 discovered the shipwreck that included the Antikythera Mechanism, the OlderThanYouThink gear-driven computer that everyone is still scratching their heads over.
** Bedouin Shephers likewise discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls, the series of documents that overnight altered Biblical scholarship and the history of the Levant.
* T E Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, was an archaeologist who was sent to Arabia by the British government specifically because of his academic knowledge of the area. So, being an archaeologist really can lead to exciting adventures! Although most of Lawrence's activities were of the non-archeological kind.
* Gertrude Bell, a peer and a mentor to T E Lawrence, was a famous spy and diplomat to the Middle East during and after World War One, helped reshape the region after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, founded the Iraqi Archaeological Museum ([[WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings which was sadly extensively looted (by an inside job) during the 2003 invasion]]) and is still remembered with fondness among the people of the region, no small accomplishment for both a foreigner and a woman.
* The statement about archeologists out for personal glory and museum loot rather than knowledge is also true for old-time paleontologists. Many people believe that Indiana Jones is based on the adventure paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, and the famous "Bone War" between the Americans Marsh and Cope, which resulted in the discovery of many of the [[StockDinosaurs dinosaurs that are considered iconic today]], also involved shoddy science, theft and outright destruction (dynamiting a quarry at the end of the season to destroy what was left to prevent the other guy from coming in and going through it). The brawls and murder, too.
** The WackyWaysideTribe subtrope was also common place since many of the dinosaur sites in the western USA where located in barely charted InjunCountry. It was later taken to the next level when Andrews decided to look for fossils in 1920s Mongolia. When UsefulNotes/UngernSternberg was in charge. When the whole of central and east Asia was in a civil war and/or dominated by warlords. ''Even though no fossil had been found in Mongolia before''. And guess what, he was successful, and uncovered one of the world's greatest dinosaur fossil beds, that of the Gobi Desert.[[note]]His original plan was to find remains of prehistoric men not dinosaurs, but, AllIsWellThatEndsWell, right?[[/note]]
*** There exists a series of cartoon-like illustrations made by Andrews depicting various events during that expedition such as vehicles getting stuck in the mud and sand. One illustration is captioned something like "getting ready for bed" and shows an illustration of Andrews laying on a cot in his tent, pointing a pistol at the entrance flap.
* A real danger is finding the lost city of somebody's drug operations in contractual archeology; being an archeologist can get more guns pointed at you than the normal person. Many college professors who focus on the Middle East occasionally get into slightly more perilous situations than the average archaeologist.
* Heinrich Schliemann may be the ur-example of this; in thieving, digging, and bombing his way to and through the ruins of the site he called "Troy", and then Mycenae, Schliemann essentially invented modern archaeology by negation when observers compiled a list of his activities that archaeologists ''should never repeat''.
** Rule 1: Go easy on the TNT.
** He ended up destroying the very ruins of Troy he was trying to find - and ended up finding some even older ones under them.
* Frederick Albert "Mike" Mitchell-Hedges could be considered this later on in his life (having started as a upper-class delinquent who made several nice discoveries).
* Sylvanus Morley was, by all accounts, an excellent archeologist whose excavations of Mayan ruins in Mexico were highly influential. They also made a good cover for his spying for the American government during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Zahi Hawass, currently one of the most famous archaeologists in Egypt, is well aware of this trope and plays it up. (That [[NiceHat brown fedora]] is [[Franchise/IndianaJones not a coincidence]].) This has made him very popular with TV crews, incidentally helping popularize Egyptology itself and get it proper funding, but because his methods can be a bit sloppy he's alternately loved and hated by "proper" archaeologists.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Belzoni Giovanni Belzoni]] led quite the interesting life, working as a circus strongman before he moved on to finding lost temples in the Egyptian desert.
** Belzoni is another guy cited as a possible inspiration for Franchise/IndianaJones, particularly the part about an unscrupulous French[[note]]Well, an Italian in French employ[[/note]] rival working for an expansionist empire led by an infamous dictator (in this case, Napoleon). The main difference being said rival was less an archaologist and more of a greedy, unethical businessman as well as the corrupt French consul for Egypt. He's the most deplorable example of "bad archeaology" on this page as he actually would intentionally destroy some of the stuff his men found to drive up the value of what was left over.
* Any archeologist who does field work in the really unstable parts of the world fits this trope. Like the guys who work in Afghanistan looking for some of the old Buddhist remnants. Standard practice is to hire mercenary guards for any and all excavation efforts, both to avoid getting killed/kidnapped and to protect the items themselves since many religious militants are dead set at destroying any non-Muslim historical artifacts (and sometimes, Muslim artifacts as well).
* Another possible inspiration for both Franchise/IndianaJones and [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle Arthur Conan Doyle's]] Professor Challenger was Percy Fawcett whose written exploits in South America read like something from fiction -- such as fighting giant snakes -- undoubtedly because they ''were'' fictions and most of his "adventures" were made-up tall tales greatly exaggerated by himself and his family out of proportion. Most anthropologists and archaeologists considered him a dangerous incompetent and idiot who got himself and his son killed during his "quest" to search what he claimed was ''Film/TheLostCityOfZ'', making basic mistakes, insulting native tribes, [[JerkAss beating their children and insulting them]], and in the opinion of the Brazilian anthropologists, the Villa-Boa brothers, he was a victim ''"[[TooDumbToLive as anyone else would have been, of the harshness and lack of tact that all recognised in him]]."'' In other words, Fawcett had the recklessness, casual racism, and maverick approach to archaeology of the Victorian BoldExplorer [[RealityEnsues and died for trying to live up]] to what [[WrongGenreSavvy was already a highly popular heroic ideal in that time]].
* It is not uncommon to find guns on the archaeologists at modern dig sites. Also just doing field work is normally physically demanding so many archaeologists are pretty fit.
* Explorer and archaeologist Josh Gates has produced and hosted several shows that place him in this territory, most notably ''Series/DestinationTruth'' (focusing on cryptozoology and ghost-hunting in exotic locations such as Pompeii) and its SpiritualSuccessor, ''Expedition Unknown'' (dealing with more traditional treasure-hunting, such as a search for Jesse James' lost gold or Saint Petersburg's Amber Room, which was even looted by ThoseWackyNazis).