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CHAPTER ONE:

MY FIRST ADVENTURE

From the ancient pyramids of Egypt to the exotic bazaars of Morocco, Indiana Jones finds excitement, danger and adventure at every turn. While on an archaeological dig in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, Indy uncovers an ancient mummy and a fresh corpse. With the help of T.E. Lawrence, the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, Indy solves an intriguing murder mystery only to find himself thrust right back into danger when he is kidnapped by slave-trading brigands. Dragged on a terrifying journey across the burning sands of North Africa to the slave markets of Marrakesh, Indy finds that he must rely on his courage and wits to survive the brutal ordeal.

People and Topics

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T.E. Lawrence

(1888-1935)

Scholar, archaeologist, diplomat and British military hero whose famous exploits forever made him Lawrence of Arabia. Beginning in 1911, Lawrence studied Arabic and archaeology in the Middle East. When war broke out, his knowledge of Arabic and Middle Eastern geography made him an invaluable part of the British Army. The relationships he forged earlier allowed him to serve as a trusted diplomat to Arabs during and after the war.

Suggested Reading:​

  • Lawrence, T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph. London: Jonathan Cape Publishers, 1936.

  • Wilson, Jeremy. Lawrence of Arabia, The Authorised Biography. London: Heinemann, 1989.

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Howard Carter

(1874-1939)

British archaeologist who discovered the tomb of King Tut and ushered in a new era of archaeology with his dedication to conservation and study of finds.

Suggested Reading:​

  • Reeves, Nicholas, John H. Taylor. Howard Carter Before Tutankhamun. New York: Harry M. Abrams, 1992.

  • Hoving, Thomas. Tutankhamun: The Untold Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978.

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Archaeology and the Discovery of King Tut's Tomb

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Revealed much about Ancient Egyptian culture and led to a revival of interest in Ancient Egypt.

Suggested Reading:​

  • Carter, Howard. The Tomb of Tutankhamen. Great Britain: Excalibur Books, 1954.

  • Hoving, Thomas. Tutankhamun: The Untold Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978.

  • Burton, Harry. Wonderful Things: The Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976.

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Slavery

Slavery exists when a person's individual freedoms are denied and they are forced to labor with no compensation. Slavery has existed throughout the world since before recorded history and even though it is currently outlawed in most countries, slavery remains a popular labor source in many parts of the world. African slaves, the resulting slave trade, and antebellum plantations are typically what most Westerners think of when it comes to slavery. However, it is important to remember that slavery existed in Africa long before the Atlantic Slave Trade. Examples of early African slavery include: Ancient Romans enslaving Carthaginians, African tribes enslaving each other, and Muslims enslaving Africans and selling them across Asia.

Suggested Reading:​

  • Everest, Suzanne. History of Slavery. Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell House, 1996.

  • Bales, Kevin. Disposable People. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

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Documentaries

The following exclusive documentary previews are related to the content found in My First Adventure.

Archaeology: Unearthing our Past

Written and Produced by Adam Sternberg

Man's history on Earth dates back at least tens of thousands of years, yet written records stretch back to only a fraction of that. Helping clarify the picture of humanity past is the science of archaeology. Though the cinematic escapades of Indiana Jones describe a world of globe-trotting adventure, in truth archaeologists are more like detectives, piecing together clues to mysteries of what has come before. 

Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun

Written and Produced by Adam Sternberg

Howard Carter's unflagging persistence and stubbornness led to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century: the tomb of King Tut. Yet it was that same strong-headedness that would time and again jeopardize Carter's career. Learn more about the man and his discovery which propelled Egyptology into the pop culture landscape.

From Slavery to Freedom

Written and Produced by Mark Page

Humanity has lived in, with and on the profits of slavery for most of its history. Many of its greatest achievements and monuments have tragically been built on the backs of slave labor. How could people place their economic needs ahead of the humanity of their fellow beings? How could this horrific system have lasted for so long? In this documentary track the history of slavery from Ancient Greece, to the Crusades, to the colonization of the new world and the racial slavery that sparked the American Civil War. The journey from slavery to freedom is incomplete and continues as there are still over 20 million people enslaved today. 

Recommended Lessons from

the National Endowment for the Humanities

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