Beyond the Marquee: The Web Series (Eps.35) – Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology Exhibit

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …  

Wait a minute! Sorry, wrong Lucasfilm (ahem), we mean, Disney property. What we were trying to just say is that not too long ago, Beyond the Marquee was invited by our friends down at the Discovery Science Center in Orange County to take a good look at the amazing traveling exhibit, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology. The exhibit is packed full of original props and costumes from all four Indy movies.  And along the way, you can actually learn something about the science and technology of Archaeology that gave George Lucas the inspiration to create Indiana Jones.  We spent several hours digging up some information and footage of the entire exhibit and hope you’ll take this adventure with us.

NOTE: We had a lot of fun on this shoot as we seem to always have with Marketing Manager, Dan Nasitka, at the Discovery Science Center .  Check out some of our outtakes and bloopers at the end of this article!

The Ark of the Covenant

Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology, presented by the National Geographic Society, immerses you in the science and history of field archaeology. Walk in the footsteps of beloved film hero Indiana Jones as you embark on this interactive museum adventure.



This Unique Exhibition Features :

  • A vast and exclusive collection of Indiana Jones film props, models, concept art, and set designs from the Lucasfilm Archives.
  • An interactive tour of legendary sites that sheds light on historical myths such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail.
  • A rare chance to see some of the world’s most impressive material remains and real-world artifacts from ancient societies from the collections of the world-renowned Penn Museum and the National Geographic Society archives.
  • An interactive quest game that lets children of all ages test their skills and explore the exhibit content in a fun, innovative way.

Indiana Jone’s costume from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Exhibit Highlights:

Quest for Treasure

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy is on a classic search for treasure—in this case, to find the Ark of the Covenant.

In the past, some archaeologists searched for spectacular treasures. Today, archaeologists’ true quest is to find objects that most advance their knowledge regardless of their monetary value.

Dig Into the Past

In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Mayapore’s Shaman begs Indy to find the Sankara Stone, a fertility symbol of the god Shiva, that was stolen, along with all the village children, by the Thuggees.

Without Indy’s knowledge of the folklore and beliefs of the villagers, the stolen Sankara stone is just a rock. Find out how archaeologists piece together the stories surrounding the objects they find.


Indy’s search for the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is one that has long fascinated mankind. Like a detective, he used his knowledge to distinguish the real object.

Just as Indy “decoded” the clues around him to choose the true Grail in The Last Crusade, after archaeologists have found an artifact, they must examine the clues and symbols around it to draw their conclusions.

Solve the Mystery

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy analyzes a crystal skull found in the Chauchilla Cemetery, revealing the secrets of its past.

Indy’s analysis of the skull found in the cemetery says a lot about his profession. The interpretation of material remains is often the most challenging part of the archaeologist’s work.

Local Artifacts from Mission San Juan Capistrano


On a local level, DSC has also partnered with the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano to showcase some of their fascinating finds. Visitors to the exhibit can expect to see a statue of St. Francis dating from the late 1700s, a silver ciborium, limestone blocks from the Great Stone Church, plus many more. These artifacts represent the historical significance of the religious, architectural and every-day existence of Mission San Juan Capistrano’s varied history.


The Headpiece to the Staff of Ra


Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology is a traveling exhibition available at the Discovery Science Cetner Now Through April 21, 2013.

For more information about the Discovery Science Center, the #1 children’s museum in Orange County, check out:

Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding and appreciation of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. Taco Bell Corp. has provided major funding to Discovery Science Center. Individuals, foundations, corporations, and the local, state and federal government have also made contributions. The Science Center is a 501(c) (3) private non-profit organization.



(L to R) AJ Locascio, Dan Nasitka, Jon Donahue



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