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MI5 to Release Files on Mata Hari and Other WWI Spies

As we approach the Centennial of World War I, news outlets and organizations around the world are discussing the events and tragedies of the Great War more than ever. Tanks and planes are being restored, diaries that haven't been read in a hundred years are resurfacing, and files that were once stamped "TOP SECRET" are being dusted off and brought into public view.

A few days ago, the UK National Archives announced the release of documents related to spies of the Great War. Some of the MI5 files will hopefully shed some light on the espionage mysteries of Edith Cavell and "H-21" herself, Mata Hari. France, the nation that tried and executed Mata Hari in 1917, will hopefully release similar documents at some point during the Centennial. Maybe we'll learn of Hari's secret rendezvous with a young Belgian Officer.

In the meantime, check out the UK National Archive's Great War Section.

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Featured Documentary- Flirting with Danger: The Fantasy of Mata Hari Documentary Preview

A palpable tension held its grip on Paris in 1917. It was the third disastrous year of World War I. France was losing badly -- and looking for someone to blame. In mid-February, word spread through the city that one of the most famous women in Europe had been arrested and accused of spying for Germany -- France's enemy in the war. Her name was Mata Hari.

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World War I Still Claiming Lives

Did you know that World War I continues to add to its death toll each year? All along the Western Front, thousands of tons of unexploded ordinance is buried, hidden in the ground awaiting an untimely discovery.

When World War One ended with an armistice on November 11, 1918 it was the most devastating and largest war the world had ever experienced. Millions of soldiers from around the world were engaged in the horrific, lice-ridden quagmire of trench warfare. Magnifying the destructiveness was the somewhat new industrialization of warfare or the mass production of weapons... weapons that were more deadly and accurate than ever before.

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Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology is currently at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. This exciting exhibition uses the Indiana Jones film series as both a starting point and a backdrop for an exciting and entertaining introduction to the real science of field archaeology. This unique exhibition features: a vast and exclusive collection of Indiana Jones film props, models, concept art, and set designs from the Lucasfilm Archives, an interactive tour of legendary sites that sheds light on historical myths such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail, and a rare chance to see some of the world’s most impressive material remains and real-world artifacts from ancient societies from the collections of the world-renowned Penn Museum and the National Geographic Society archives.

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April is National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, we would like to invite you to learn more about the numerous poets and poems inspired by The Great War.

As World War I dragged on and became such a horrible conflict, many soldiers found themselves questioning their loyalty and purpose. Young men like Alan Seeger, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, John McCrae, and Robert Graves let out their war weary frustrations by putting pen to paper. Emotional poems like In Flanders Fields, I Have a Rendezvous with Death, Dreamers, and Anthem For Doomed Youth revealed a much darker side of the war. Their poetry continues to moves us today.

Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves were featured in the Young Indy episode,Trenches of Hell. Be sure to watch the preview!

Learn more at The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

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Featured Documentary- Siegfried Sassoon: A War Poet's Journey Documentary Preview

He was a soldier's soldier, decorated for bravery by the British government and respected by the men in his battalion. But war had taken its toll on Siegfried Sassoon, and he felt a deep resentment against his country's military campaign. Sassoon returned from the trenches of hell in World War I to fight another battle in the halls of government back home. His resentment took the form of poetry: searing indictments that ran counter to popular opinion. This is the story of how one man's poetry and his protest against World War I shined a light of truth on the subject of war forever framed that conflict in the memory of his country.

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The Real Archaeology of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

We are concluding our month long celebration of Archaeology Month by examining the true history and archaeology behind Indiana Jones' most recent adventure, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

It is the height of the Cold War and Indiana Jones is once again pursuing an artifact that places the freedom of humanity at risk. Find out if the crystal skulls are real. Learn more about the mystery of the Nazca Lines. Hop in your lead-lined fridge as we examine Operation Plumbbob, the nuclear test in which Indy unwillingly participated.

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Don't forget to celebrate archaeology month by watching each week’s highlighted film! Be sure to print one (or all) of the viewing party posters and send us pictures from your event!

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The Real Archaeology of Last Crusade

This week we are highlighting the true archaeology and history behind Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Indy's third big screen journey takes him from beautiful Venice to the deserts of Turkey. In a classic showdown of good versus evil, Indy once again races against the Nazis to stop their acquisition of a powerful relic, the Holy Grail. Is the Holy Grail really a cup? Did Coronado have a golden cross? Are the Brothers of the Cruciform Sword real protectors of the grail? Join us as we answer these questions and more!

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Don't forget to celebrate archaeology month by watching each week’s highlighted film! Be sure to print one (or all) of the viewing party posters and send us pictures from your event!

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WWI Centennial Countdown

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as we commemorate the Centennial of the Great War! Throughout the four year Centennial we will be highlighting the numerous battles and fronts where Young Indy saw action.

Wondering where Indiana Jones fits in with World War I? Check out our Young Indiana Jones: Volume II section to learn more about Indy's many roles in the Great War!