If adventure has a name, it has to be Indiana Jones
"Moreover, no one on the committee can identify who or what instilled Dr. Jones with the belief that an archaeologist's tool kit should consist solely of a bullwhip and a revolver."
— Andy F. Bryan, "Back From Yet Another Globetrotting Adventure, Indiana Jones Checks His Mail and Discovers His Bid for Tenure Has Been Denied," McSweeney's
Back in 1981 Bill Trotter took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark thereby sparking my long-standing interest in archaeology. Former EIC Trent Ward's mom was an amateur archaeologist and helped to cultivate this interest throughout my high school years. Once I entered college, I quickly discovered that there was a lot more to archaeology than shooting Nazis and whipping guys in turbans. My own experiences in the field of archaeology always seemed to involve an awful lot of dusting of pot sherds. (Don't call them shards.) In the true spirit of the university hierarchy it was the grad students who seemed to draw all the choice jobs that involved mine cart racing or Thuggee punching.
"Archaeology is about facts. Not truth. If it's truth you're interested in, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is down the hall. ...Forget any ideas you've got about lost cities, exotic travel and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried treasure, and X never, ever marks the spot."
"You call THIS archaeology?!"
—Henry Jones Sr., helping his son fight Nazis while racing to find the Holy Grail.
Jack O'Neill (to Malakai): What kind of archaeologist carries a weapon?
Daniel Jackson: Uh, I do.
Jack O'Neill: Bad example.
— Stargate SG-1, "Window of Opportunity"
"Lara Croft - world's worst archaeologist. When she's not putting her foot through inestimably valuable samples of ancient pottery, she's stealing every slightly shiny thing that was ever buried with some royal dead guy and hoarding them in her basement."
"Listen, lass, any good archaeologists know the risks that come with the job. If you don't unearth an ancient evil or get cursed by wicked spirits at least once in your career, you're not digging up anything worthwhile!"
— Prospector Whelgar, World of Warcraft.
Rory (To Dr. Song): So... What kind of doctor are you?
Tali: With all this exploration of Prothean culture, this must be like a survey for you, Liara.
Liara: Our travels now are somewhat different from my normal excavations. I would prefer lengthier studies, and fewer explosions.
Wrex: It's good for you. A nice explosion now and then keeps the mind sharp.
The House of Indifference. Tombs are now by common consent invested with a certain sanctity, but when they have been long tenanted it is considered no sin to break them open and rifle them, the famous Egyptologist, Dr. Huggyns, explaining that a tomb may be innocently "glened" as soon as its occupant is done "smellynge," the soul being then all exhaled. This reasonable view is now generally accepted by archaeologists, whereby the noble science of Curiosity has been greatly dignified.