For the University of California Berkeley’s Archaeological Research Facility (or, the ARF), Paulina F. Przystupa a member of The Alexandria Archive team (AAI), recently gave a talk discussing archaeology and comic books.
The ARF strives to encourage, facilitate, and expedite field and laboratory research conducted by archaeologists and related specialists engaged with the human past, and the AAI is excited to add our presence to this scholarly community.
Paulina shared her research during an informal ARF Brownbag session last week. Her talk, Archaeology and Comics: Pop and material culture available here, focused the portrayal of archaeology in comic books published in the last decade.
Paulina discussed how comics are used by archaeologists to educate the public, where archaeology appears in popular comic books, and the problems that arise from the publics’ use of archaeology. Lastly, she encouraged other archaeologists to organize programming at pop culture conventions.
From her previous work moderating panels at comic book conventions, there are many topics archaeology topics that the public is interested in. Additionally, such panels provide a fruitful collaboration where archaeologists bring their knowledge directly to the public. In case you missed the live presentation, you can catch the recording on the ARF Youtube Channel.