Junius Bird

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Junius Bouton Bird (1907–1982), born in Rye, New York, was an American archaeologist who was appointed curator of South American Archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History in 1934.[1] His contributions to the study of ecology, climate, and Pre-Columbian archaeology earned him several awards including: The Viking Fund Medal for Archaeology (1956) and The Order of "El sol de Peru" (1974). In 1961 he was elected as the president of the Society for American Archaeology.

Bird has been cited as a possible real-life inspiration for the fictional movie character Indiana Jones.[2]

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  1. ^ https://archive.org/details/briefexpeditioni00amer
  2. ^ [1] Indy Spirit Awards, Archaeology Magazine, May/June 2008

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