The Situation: You lucky duck! You’ve learned of some long forgotten and buried treasure–maybe it was a story handed down through your family; or maybe you found an old map in a book you bought at a used book shop in Europe; or it could just be that you think there’s some truth in a crazy old myth or folktale. Whatever the reason, you really shouldn’t go out looking for this thing on your own. You will need an expert. A professional. Someone who’s been trained at excavating and retrieving artifacts. Dammit, you need an archaeologist.
The Criteria: Personally, I’d go for a university-trained archaeologist, as opposed to a money-hungry treasure hunter. You really can’t trust treasure hunters. It would probably be a good idea to find someone who can handle themselves in foreign countries–whether it’s speaking the local dialect or being able to take on a bar full of drunk locals.
1. Indiana Jones
Yeah, let’s be honest, he’s the guy. You need a detective, you go to Sherlock Holmes. You need an archaeologist, you better find Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. He’s smart, tough, and a snappy dresser. It also doesn’t hurt that he speaks every language known to man and shows up ready to go with a pistol and a whip.
2. Dr. Daniel Jackson
Okay, I know what you’re saying: “He’s just an egyptologist.” True, in the original Stargate film, it was established that Dr. Jackson is an egyptologist, but in the subsequent TV series, Daniel displayed enough knowledge about ancient civilizations to qualify in my book.
3. Flynn Carsen
Carsen has 22 academic degrees, which earned him the prestigious job as Librarian–the guardian of treasures as diverse as Excalibur, the Spear of Destiny, and the Holy Grail. His role also requires him to go out into the world and recover numerous important relics. Carsen might not be as rugged as Indy, but he’s just as smart and driven.
4. Annja Creed
Who says the boys get to have all of the fun? A trained archaeologist, Annja uses her role as co-host of Chasing History’s Monsters to finance her travels as she works on her own research. Although she’s an admitted skeptic, Annja frequently finds herself coming face-to-face with mystical artifacts across the globe. She’s also the heir of Joan of Arc’s magical broadsword…which, y’know, can come in handy.