Harrison Ford, who helped glamorize archaeology on the big screen with his iconic character Indiana Jones, is lending his star power to the Archaeological Institute of America.

Ford has been chosen to be on the Boston-based organization’s board of directors, which promotes archaeological excavations, research, education and preservation worldwide.

President Brian Rose praised Ford’s contribution on Thursday, saying his Indiana Jones character has played a major part in boosting interest in archaeological exploration.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opens on May 22.

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