'Raiders of the Lost Ark' package mystery solved
It took a student doing a bit of research on the Internet to discover that Jones was real—on big screen. Indiana Jones' character is said to be based loosely on two U of C professors. Abner Ravenwood was an Egyptologist and archeologist at the school about a century ago. In the movie, he is a mentor of Indiana Jones, and the journal is his.
Though the craftsmanship of the journal, chock full of maps and old photographs, was impressive, a spokesman for the school's admissions office said, there were clues that indicated Ravenwood was not the author.
The school found out the journal was the work of a Guam man whom Garrett described as a "prop replicator."
"Apparently, it takes him two weeks to make one of these replicas and then he sells them to people all over the world," Brinker said. "He says they usually go for about $200 (but) I believe this one went for $177."
Brinker said that the Oriental Institute, the university's famed museum and organization devoted to the ancient Near East, likes the journal and asked to display it in its main lobby.
"They asked for it and now it is in their possession," he said.more