I was going to post “Walk Like an Egyptian” — which isn’t terribly archaeological except for the subject matter, sorta — but couldn’t find the original video, just a bunch of stupid made-up ones or live versions. So I have gone with the one I was going to do tomorrow: Toto’s Africa:
Probably more anthropological than archaeological, but it’s evocative of dusty old academic study. We see the eager young graduate student poring over dusty volumes while the elder professor looks on wondering why he’s wasting time when he ought to be researching whatever she wants him to research (sounds familiar). And then the mysterious African who. . .does something. I like it; it’s ambiguous and mysterious without being totally campy. Why is he looking for that torn page? What does it mean? Has he seen the shield before, much as it is in the rain outside? What happens to him? What actually happens to the woman?
This one hit a nerve with me as I was just really getting into my undergrad studies at the time and spending a lot of time in the bone lab and such. I really liked the idea of burying myself in such an esoteric profession, full of old books on foreign lands. One of my favorites.