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  • Marc Cooper
    Forgotten Indiana Jones was man of many mysteries By GARY CORSAIR, DAILY SUN EUSTIS — The life of turn-of-the-century archaeologist Dr. Edgar J. Banks, who
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2007
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      Forgotten Indiana Jones was man of many mysteries

      By GARY CORSAIR, DAILY SUN

      EUSTIS — The life of turn-of-the-century archaeologist Dr. Edgar J.
      Banks, who retired to Eustis, remains cloudy 62 years after his
      death, even though numerous museums and universities treasure ancient
      Babylonian artifacts he unearthed.

      "I call him `The Forgotten Indiana Jones,'" says Dr. Ewa Wasilewska,
      associate professor of the University of Utah's Department of
      Anthropology, who is writing a biography of Banks. "His story has
      every possible mystery, from Hollywood to New York."

      Separating fact from fiction is difficult. Very little has been
      written about the adventurer who looked for the Ark of the Covenant,
      climbed Mount Ararat in search of Noah's Ark, and left behind an
      impressive array of artifacts.

      "Edgar J. Banks' contributions and significance to Central Florida is
      interesting and baffling at the same time," says Florida State
      University assistant professor Kathy Clark. "The truly interesting
      part of getting to know — or trying to get to know Edgar J. Banks —
      is that many of the pieces of his story as it relates to his life and
      work while residing in Eustis, Fla., are either somewhat unknown,
      possibly misrepresented or just local lore."

      The following facts are irrefutable: Banks excavated Bismya (the
      ancient city of Adab) during an expedition sponsored by the
      University of Chicago in 1903-04; he sold thousands of artifacts
      after returning to the States; and he spent several years lecturing
      and writing books and magazine articles.

      And he made motion pictures with famed director Cecil B. DeMille.

      For more see:
      http://tinyurl.com/2mejju

      Marc Cooper
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