The Indiana Jones Timeline: Dr. Jones - Relict Hunter
Edited and Expanded by Allen Lane

[ Index | 1872-1911 | 1912-1915 | 1916-1917 | 1917-1918 | 1918-1921 | 1922-1960 | 1961-2000 | Background ]

1922 May
Indy finally completes his undergraduate degree on May 23rd and moves onto a graduate program (in linguistics) at the Sorbonne. His archaeology professor, Dorian Belecamus, invites him along on a dig in Greece. There, she's involved in a plot to overthrow King Constantine, and Indy is unknowingly set up to take the blame for the king's murder. Indy saves the king but loses Dorian when she is killed by a bullet meant for him. It is this adventure that marks the turning point in Indy's life. Archaeology now becomes his lifelong pursuit. (Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi - B)

Still a graduate student in France, Indy goes on a dig with Roland Walcott and other students. Indy discovers an underwater cave with Ice Age paintings and clay animals inside. Walcott learns of this and tries to steal the glory for himself, but disappears into an underground river during a struggle. He is presumed dead. (Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy - B)

Indy finally completes his graduate studies at the Sorbonne and is hired for his first professional job at London University. The job is teaching a summer archaeology course. On the way to London, Indy is troubled by several unpleasant "gifts" (black widows and scorpions) and thinks he is being followed. Once in London, the head of the Archaeology department, Joanna, invites Indy on a dig in Whithorn, Scotland. The purpose of the dig is to confirm the legend of Merlin and to study Stonehenge. Indy also ends up romancing Joanna's daughter, Deirdre. Indy's mysterious follower is revealed as a British Parliament member working to revive the Druids. (Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants - B)

1926 March
Indy and Deirdre recover the mask of Camozotz and other artifacts during an expedition in Guatemala. (Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils - B)

1926 April
Indy returns to New York to recover from a gunshot wound suffered in Guatemala. Marcus Brody gives Indy several pages from the journal of Fawcett, an explorer gone missing in Brazil. Deirdre and Indy get married and she tags along. They are eventually captured by the same people who captured the missing explorer. The residents of Ceiba (the kidnappers) need new blood or the magical abilities they use to veil their city will be lost. Indy, Deirdre and Fawcett escape, but their plane crashes, killing Deirdre and Fawcett. (Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils - B)

Indy parts ways with his job in London and returns to Chicago. He visits an old college friend, Jack Shannon, a jazz musician with family ties to organized crime. After their first reunion, Shannon convinces Indy to attend a lecture given by a Russian who claims to have climbed Mount Ararat and seen Noah's Ark. They join an expedition to the mountain after being chased out of Chicago. A group of Bolshevik spies known as the Janissary Corps also attack Indy's group, but they still manage to reach the site of the Ark. An avalanche occurs, saving them from the Janissaries, but at the cost of burying the Ark beneath tons of snow and ice. Any hope of its recovery is lost. (Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge - B)

1928 May/June
Indy spends the 1927-1928 school year teaching at a small New England college. Once classes end, he plans to resume studies with fellow archaeologist Mara Rogers (they met during the Southern France dig in 1924). Unfortunately, he receives a telegram announcing delays in their plans, so Indy heads off to Utah to study the Anasazi ruins without her. His traveling companion, Jack Shannon, is kidnapped by Roland Walcott (long thought dead) who mistakes Jack for Indy. Walcott's plan is to trade Indy (Jack) for Mara's knowledge of a unicorn's horn. Mara turns the tables on Walcott, saying that she will kill Indy herself before giving up the horn. Later, Marcus Brody and Indy work together with a fake horn to trick Mara out of the original. Once they recover the horn, Indy returns to the Anasazi ruins and replaces the horn in the crevice in which it was found and seals the entrance with dynamite. (Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy - B)

1929 Spring
After spending a few weeks attempting to decipher the rongo-rongo tablets on Easter Island, Indy is contacted by Marcus Brody, who needs his help on an urgent mission. Brody's brother-in-law, Hans Beitelheimer, has disappeared and Indy is asked to look for him. Indy discovers Beitelheimer's fascination with a local myth of a ghost ship and is led on an adventure which takes him to the dream-like "interior world." Indy eventually escapes, ending up on Liberty Island in New York City. (Indiana Jones and the Interior World - B)

Indy is sent on a mission to discover the origin of mysterious flying discs which have been forcing down and destroying aircraft. Indy gathers together some other adventurers and they find and destroy the discs and the dirigible from which they are launched. (Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates - B)

After the UFO adventure, Indy bounces back and forth between England and the United States. First, he completes some business at the University of London, then resumes his teaching job at Princeton. He cycles back to England during a vacation to take flying lessons and has an adventure in the St. Brendan Glen area. He discovers that a friend of his instructor has Merlin's scabbard, which protects from gunshot wounds. Together they return to the United States once more, this time on the trail of some valuable gold coins. (Indiana Jones and the White Witch - B)

1933 March
Indy and his Guatemalan guide, Bernabe, discover the lost city of Cozan in British Honduras. They make there way to the Sacred Well in the Temple of the Serpent and discover the Crystal Skull, a sculpture from a previous and unknown civilization. Before they can make their exit, however, a bald Italian named Leonardo Sarducci takes the skull from them and leaves his gunman, Marco, to dispose of them. The timely entrance of a thirty-eight-foot anaconda results in Marco's death and Indy and Bernabe's escape. The two make their way back to San Pablo where Indy learns from Bernabe the curse of the Crystal Skull, whoever touches it will kill what he loves. Indy returns to his teaching at Princeton University where he and Marcus discuss the Vyonich Manuscript. The manuscript, currently on loan at the rare book collection at Yale, is at least four hundred years old, was written in an unknown language by the alchemist Roger Bacon, and is reputed to hold the secret of the philosopher's stone - which, according to legend, has the power to turn lead into gold and to grant immortality. All attempts to decipher the manuscript have failed. Marcus informs Indy that the manuscript has been stolen and that the FBI have been investigating the theft. Indy heads back to his office and is visited by the FBI agents Marcus spoke of. The FBI agents ask Indy if he could lend a hand with the Voynich case due to his past "unconventional" yet successful methods. They threaten to discredit Indy if he doesn't cooperate, but Indy refuses to be intimidated and asks them to leave. Indy is called into the university chairman's office to see Chairman Harold Gruber, who tells him that Indy has been fired from his teaching at Princeton due to his violations of British Honduras laws in search of "black-market treasure." Indy goes to the American Museum of Natural History in New York to see Marcus who offers to put Indy up while he's in the city. Indy decides to get a room on his own instead and ends up going to a rare book shop which has a room for rent. Indy ends up talking the night away with the shop's owner, Roger Cadman, who tells Indy how Voynich was a competitor of his. Indy learns that Sarducci had been by asking about the manuscript. ...(not yet finished with entry)... On the trail of a missing British alchemist and an insane Renaissance scholar, Indy travels to Rome, where he learns that the stolen manuscript for which he is searching is actually a map to an ancient crypt, wherein lies the most magnificent discovery yet. (Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone - B)

1933 June
Indy's cousin comes to visit him for the summer and the two sail to a tropical and very dangerous destination in search of a priceless ebony idol. Legend has it that Horror Island is cursed, and that no one has ever escaped from the tangled jungles alive. Indy and his cousin encounter countless dangers: half-starved crocodiles swim at the end of violent rapids, dense jungles hide packs of wild, razor-tusked boars, and rat-filled pits are concealed within deep, mysterious tunnels. (Indiana Jones and the Curse of Horror Island - FYFB)

Deep in the mysterious Himalayan mountains of Tibet, a journalist and his daughter, Lilah, are separated during a blinding snowstorm. He disappears without a trace. She makes it back to civilization with a terrifying tale to tell - a tale of a Silver Tower that marks the entrance to a legendary village inhabited by giants. Indy and his cousin help Lilah in her search for her father, but somewhere beyond the snow-capped peaks and sheer, slippery cliffs, hideous, monstrous creatures dwell, bent on destroying anyone who dares to enter their sacred territory. (Indiana Jones and the Giants of the Silver Tower - FYFB)]

1933 October
Indy is intent on recovering the crystal skull to break it's curse which he believes will cause Alecia Dunstin's death if he allows himself to fall in love with her. He learns that the crystal skull has surfaced in the black market in France. He reasons that the black market in antiquities in that area means that archaeologist Rene Belloq will be involved. He and Alecia track Belloq to Forteresse Malevil Marseilles in France, but Indy is captured by Belloq and the Daguerre brothers, Belloq's two large henchmen. As the brothers beat Indy, Belloq tells him he had hoped they would meet under better circumstances. He has followed Indy's career with interest and had even looked forward to the day they could work together. Indy tells him he came there to make him a deal; to buy the crystal skull from Belloq. Belloq tells him that the skull is no longer for sale. The buyer Belloq had already lined up arrives as a German U-boat surfaces. Belloq explains that the Nazis have launched a desperate effort to locate arcane treasures with supposed supernatural powers and the skull is high on their list. The captain of the U-boat, Wagner, signals for Franz Kroeger, a colonel in the newly formed Leibstandarte SS - Hitler's personal guard, that they have landed. Kroeger completes the deal with Belloq as Indy begins taunting Kroeger and the Nazi party. Kroeger orders Belloq to shoot Indy as he departs in the U-boat. Belloq gives the gun to one of the brothers and orders that he shoot Indy, however, as he fumbles with the safety Indy makes his escape in the water. Indy manages to grab hold of the muzzle of a gun on the deck of the departing submarine and secretly rides it out into the harbor where he then swims to shore. He meets up with Alecia on the shore as the U-boat launches two torpedoes that destroy the fortress. Alecia tells Indy that she can't stand facing death every day and has decided to leave him. (Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs - B)

1933 November
After returning to Princeton University, Indy is persuaded by a beautiful missionary named Joan to search for her missing father, Professor Angus Starbuck, in Mongolia. Professor Starbuck has discovered a dinosaur bone in the Gobi Desert, but unlike other discoveries, this bone is not ancient. As Indy crosses from China through a treacherous mountain pass to Outer Mongolia, he runs afoul of the region's fiercest warlords. Indy and Joan, who lied to him about being a nun in order to get him to help her, find her father living with the world's last innocent people in a Stone Age paradise poised on the brink of destruction. Indy duels wild dogs and bloodthirsty killers in a desperate effort to save the most historic discovery of the twentieth century - the last living triceratops. Indy decides to return to the states as Joan and her father stay behind in the secret paradise to look after the triceratops and its eggs. Before leaving, Indy learns from a descendant if Genghis Khan that he may actually be the reincarnation of Marco Polo. (Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs - B)

1933 December
With the help of coordinates supplied by Belloq, Indy tracks Wagner and Kroeger's U-boat to a spot off the coast of Denmark where it had sunk, killing the entire crew, on its way to Berlin after striking a fjord. Indy dons a diving suit and finds the U-boat perched on a shelf overlooking a five-hundred-foot drop. Indy finds the skull, but the submarine shifts and starts to go over the edge. Indy barely manages to escape in time, but doesn't manage to bring the canister containing the skull with him. Indy returns to the surface. As the submarine strikes the bottom of the gorge, its contents are freed and float to the surface. Indy watches at first hopeful and then in horror as one after another of identical canisters float to the surface. He tries to retrieve them as a score of them surface covering several acres of water, but the ones he retrieves turn out to be oil drums. The other canisters are swept away by the wind and the currents. (Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs - B)

1934 June
Indy's cousin is visiting him again for the summer and the two travel to Cairo, Egypt when two priceless mummies are stolen from the National Museum. An ancient cult has come back to life after a thousand years, but with a modern twist: laboratory cats are being trained to be vicious killers. The mysterious pyramids hold many other terrors. Deep within the maze of secret chambers and underground chasms, scorpions and snakes abound. Something else lurks in the shadows, as mummies emerge from age-old tombs to walk the earth. (Indiana Jones and the Cult of the Mummy's Crypt - FYFB)]

Indy is in the South Pacific near the Marquesas Islands, searching for the underwater Shrine of the Sea Devil. He finds the Shrine, filled with statues inlaid with pearl, but loses the treasure when a giant octopus destroys his ship. (Indiana Jones and the Shrine of the Sea Devil - CB)

Later the same year, Indy recovers the ashes of Nurhachi for a family of Chinese gangsters in exchange for a rare jewel. Unfortunately, the gangsters wish to keep both prizes, so they poison Indy. After a gunfight in a Shanghai nightclub, Indy recovers the antidote and escapes along with Willie Scott, an American nightclub performer, and Short Round, Indy's young sidekick. Lao Che (the gangster) heads Indy off at the pass and sabotages Indy's charter plan, which crashes somewhere in India. While traveling to Delhi, Indy comes across a poverty-stricken village which has lost its sacred, protective Sankara Stone. The villagers convince Indy to follow the trail of the thieves (who have also stolen the village's children), which he does. A short while later, he comes across the palace of the 13-year old Maharajah and a cult of Kali worshippers. He manages to defeat Mola Ram, the high priest of the cult, recover one of the three Sankara Stones and save the village's children. (INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM - M; B; CB)

When Indy returns from Asia, he visits an old school buddy in Maine and they set off in search of the missing headband from a Celtic crown. They go to London, where Indy and his friends have several adventures. (Indiana Jones and the Avalon Inheritance - EB)

1936 Early
Indy Travels through the jungles of Peru to recover a golden idol from the temple of the Chachapoyan warriors. An old rival, Belloq, shows up at the end of the adventure and steals the idol from Indy by lying to the local Hovito tribesmen. (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - M; B; CB)

1936 Late
Government agents intercept a communique from Cairo to Berlin believed to be sent by Abner Ravenwood. Indy is consulted, since he has had past dealings with Ravenwood, and is asked to investigate the Nazi dig. He learns that they are looking for the headpiece to the Staff of Ra so that they can locate the Well of Souls, the resting place of the lost Ark of the Covenant. Indy beats the Nazis, both to the headpiece and to the Well of Souls. Ravenwood's daughter, Marion, becomes Indy's partner in the adventure and together they find the Ark. Belloq shows up again to steal the Ark for the Nazis (he is their lead archaeologist) but is killed when he opens the Ark to get the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. The Ark is placed into storage in a secret government warehouse somewhere in Washington. (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - M; B; CB)

Indy gets a new job at Barnett College in New York, but losses the Archaeology 101 course to Francesca, a Peruvian woman who studied at Harvard, Yale and Sorbonne. She shows Indiana a package that she received from her brother which contains a sacred Incan artifact, the Finger of Gold. Together, Indy and Francesca head off to locate the Golden Arms, which are also part of the same mummification case used by the Incas. (Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold - CB)

1937 August
The legends say that whoever possesses the crystal Eye has the power to see and even change the future, In the wreck of an ancient ship off the coast of Greece, Indy finds pieces of Perseus' golden shield which contains clues to the location of this mysterious Eye. Unfortunately, reporters reveal his astonishing discovery. The son of a museum curator friend of Indy's accompanies him on his desperate mission to find the Eye and keep it from falling into the wrong hands. They travel from Mount Olympus to distant Japan searching for the artifact and are constantly in jeopardy as they are pursued by ruthless villains eager to exploit the power of the Eye. (Indiana Jones and the Eye of the Fates - FYFB)]

Indiana Jones finally recovers the Cross of Coronado from the man who "acquired" it back in 1912. Afterwards, he returns to his job at Barnett College and is contacted by a collector of antiquities, Walter Donovan. He informs Indy that his father, Henry Jones Sr., disappeared during a search for the Holy Grail. Indiana travels to Italy and joins forces with another archaeologist, Elsa Schneider. Together, they find several other clues concerning the Grail and eventually determine its actual resting place. Elsa and Donovan are revealed to be Nazi spies when Indy finally locates his father. They steal the Grail diary and leave the father and son team captive. The Joneses escape, retrieve the diary literally from the hands of Adolph Hitler, and barely catch up to the Nazis in the hunt for the Grail. Unfortunately, the Grail is lost when Elsa attempts to take it beyond the seal of the cave where they found it. (INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE - M; B)

Indiana's next adventure takes him on a dig in China, near the site of an ancient monastery. He unearths a stone tablet inscribed in an ancient language, but he cannot decipher it. from the monks, he learns that the tablet tells of a covenant left by Buddha himself, perhaps the one true key to the state of Nirvana. He also learns that the Japanese are after the tablet so that they can control the destiny of the world. Indy's search for the tablets takes him through India, Tibet, China and to Shangri-La. (Indiana Jones: Thunder In the Orient - CB)

[Dr. Roger Ballentyne has found what appears to be a map to the fabulous, long-lost treasure of the Queen of Sheba. Dr. Ballentyne's latest project, a new diamond laser capable of cutting through the hardest materials in a fraction of a second, has attracted the attention of the Fascist forces occupying Ethiopia. They kidnap him in an attempt to possess the treasure and the laser. Indy and Ballentyne's son, George, journey to Ethiopia to rescue the doctor and find the lost treasure. (Indiana Jones and the Lost Treasure of Sheba - FYFB)]

A mysterious stranger arrives at Barnett College with an ancient key and Indiana looks up a former colleague, Sophia Hapgood. Together, they determine that the key is part of a dig that unearthed treasures from the lost continent of Atlantis. Continuing that quest, they travel around the world, adventuring in Mayan ruins and the labyrinth of the Minotaur before finding all of the pieces of the key to Atlantis. Just as they do, the Nazis arrive, intent on plundering Atlantis for their own gains. They nearly succeed, but ancient magics kill the Nazis and place Atlantis out of reach once more. (Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - CB)

After leaving Crete, Indy finds himself in the Sargasso Sea, the legendary "ship graveyard" in the Atlantic. Once there, Indy discovers a community of stranded survivors and descendants who have based their lifestyle on the pirates of history. Indy finds relics from nearly every known sea-going culture, but spends most of his time just trying to escape. (Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates - CB)

1939 July
Archaeologist Billie Simpson was leading a dig for Malaysian artifacts on Howling Island off the coast of Eastern China when her expedition was raided by a crazed scientist who threatens to kill them all. Barely escaping with her life, Billie desperately wants to return to the island to find her brother. Indy and his young cousin run into Billie on a seaplane heading to a tropical island known as the Marianas. Billie asks for Indy's help and he agrees to accompany her. On Howling Island they encounter double crosses, vicious attack dogs, a nation of brainwashed six-hundred-pound gorillas and a dangerous, demonic man with wicked ideas for some very hideous experiments. (Indiana Jones and the Ape Slaves of Howling Island - FYFB)]

Indy is hired by the US Government to lead an expedition to an iceberg near Greenland to uncover an ice-encased Viking longship. The Germans are also interested in the ice wall, since it contains a strange disc of unearthly origin. The disc is freed, revealing itself to be a spaceship which destroys the Nazi submarine before disappearing into space. The US rescue team arrives barely in time to save Indy's group from the longship, which sinks back beneath the surface of the water. (Indiana Jones and the Longship of the Gods - EB)

When he returns to the states, Indiana rescues a colleague, Petryk, from Chicago mobsters and then goes to Utah to check on some seemingly contradictory information about the Anasazi culture. After a few adventures wit the mobsters, Indy meets with some of the supposedly extinct Indians and finally returns to Barnett College. (Indiana Jones and the Lost People - EB)

Indy has a dance with death on an island in the Indian Ocean. During an observation of native worshippers, many of them become ill with an outbreak of the plague. The source of the plague is the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, who is releasing his evils upon the world. Indy fights some zombies and barely escapes an earthquake which hits the area, killing the Horseman. (Indiana Jones: The Dance of Death - CB)

1941 Early
Indy returns to Greece again, this time near Mycenae. He begins work at a British site, but a German invasion of the area causes the British to abandon the dig, leaving Indy alone. On his own, he discovers an artifact which verifies the existence of the legendary Golden Fleece. There is a scuffle with the Germans and they steal the artifact. Indy still manages to find the location of the Fleece and fights a life-or-death battle with its guardian serpent. (Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece - CB)

1941 Summer
At a reception at the Russian Embassy in Washington, Indy prevents a bomb attack which was set up by Japanese agents and saves the life of a commissar, Tamara Jaglova, who happens to be looking for someone to lead an expedition to examine the grave of Genghis Khan. After several dangerous encounters with the Japanese, they recover Genghis Khan's sword. Unfortunately, the sword is cursed and its power prevents Indy from parting with it. At a critical moment, Indy manages to toss it into the air and an enemy grabs the sword, then plunges into the abyss. (Indiana Jones and Genghis Khan's Sword - EB)

1941 Late
Following the outbreak of World War II, the German Navy sets up a network of U-boat bases in the South Seas. An American secret agent, Jonah, obtains a sketchy map detailing their locations and it eventually reaches Washington. Soon after, the government calls in Indiana to solve the mystery of the map. He does, but Jonah is killed before the secret base on the Easter islands is destroyed. (Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Easter Islands - EB)

In a last ditch effort, Hitler sends agents to Britain and Ireland in search of the spear which pierced the side of Christ on Good Friday. It is believed that the spear would make the army that wielded it invincible if they find the tree rooted from the original thorn. However, one of the agents has his own plans for the spear, and when he is defeated by Indiana and the "True King of Ireland," Hitler loses his prize. (Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny - CB)

[Indiana Jones goes to Russia at the request of the Soviet government to evaluate ancient artifacts. He unearths the Key of King Solomon which tells of the design of the Philosophers' Stone containing the secret for turning base metal into gold and bringing inanimate objects to life. Indy sets off to the three churches which are said to hold the three pieces of the stone. He obtains the first piece from a coven of witches in Ireland and heads to Tibet after the second piece. (Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix - CB) ]

Indy and an old American Indian friend named Grey Cloud are speeding down a snow covered road in Wyoming, being chased by another car full of men firing guns at them. They have just retrieved a pipe that was stolen from Grey Cloud's tribe and the pursuers are anxious to hav eit back. The pursuers' car skids out of control and crashes as does Indy's truck a little further up the road. Indy and Grey Cloud set out on foot, hoping that the coming snow storm will cover their tracks in the snow. After a while, they come across an abandoned cabin. Inside, they start a fire to keep warm. Indy finds an old soprano saxophone which brings back memories of his college days at the University of Chicago during the spring of 1920. He tells Grey Cloud the story of how he learned to play the Blues on the sax. As Indy finishes his tale, their prusuers burst into the cabin and take the pipe from Grey Cloud at gun point. The crooks are leaving when Indy uses the sax to blow a high note which causes a large amount of snow on the overhang of the cabin to fall on the thugs. Indy and Grey Cloud recover the pipe and escape. (YIJC - "Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues" (framing story) - TV)

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