"Competitor. He was good, he was very good."
Indiana Jones[src]

Doctor Forrestal was an archaeologist who taught history and archaeology at Princeton University. A professional rival of Indiana Jones, Forrestal's skills were held in high regard by Jones but the man was, on occasion, clumsy.

Forrestal went missing around 1935 while searching for the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol in Peru. There, Jones would eventually discover his body inside the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors about a year later, killed by a spike trap.


In 1930, Forrestal was in Sweden searching for a pagan temple. Indiana Jones initially believed Forrestal to be one step ahead of him but Jones and Dr. Theresa Lawrence reached the site first due to better research.[2]

Four years later, Forrestal met with a man in Shanghai who wanted the archaeologist to assist his organization, the Brotherhood of the Eclipse in finding the Calendar of the Sun, an artifact in two parts believed to have the power to control eclipses.


Forrestal in 1934.

Drawn to the seemingly centuries-old organization, Forrestal agreed and the group set up a camp in South America near an area littered with the bodies of adventurers who had succumbed to the traps around the mysterious Moon Door which led to the Moon Temple and the Calendar's Lunar Component.

The Brotherhood recovered the piece from its altar but betrayed Forrestal and left him to die in a trap when they flew out to Egypt. It was then that Indiana Jones arrived having fought off Brotherhood members to claim the Solar Component for himself. Jones, and a member of the Adventure Society who had been helping him look for the Lunar Component, rescued Forrestal and the grateful competitor revealed details of the Brotherhood to the pair.[3]

Forrestal also discovered a river flowing out from beneath El Dorado and informed the Adventure Society, which was excavating the area in and around El Dorado, as a "gesture of goodwill."[3]

Forrestal disappeared while searching for the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol in Peru in 1935.[1] Upon his disappearance, the National Museum contracted Indiana Jones to follow Forrestal's notes and research so that he could both find out what happened to Forrestal's missing expedition and, if possible, recover the Idol. It was in the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors that Jones discovered Forrestal's body, speared by a row of sharp spikes triggered by a source of light. It was one of the many traps protecting the Idol.[4]

Years later, Jones returned to the temple in order to further explore the site. When he entered into the temple's runner, he found Forrestal's carcass reduced to bones, for which he remembered and lamented the fate of his competitor once more.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

In the first draft of the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark, written by Lawrence Kasdan, Indy was originally going to take down Forrestal's body from the spike trap and lay him gently in the floor. This idea, however, didn't make it to the final version of the film.



Notes and referencesEdit

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