"How did you become an archaeologist?" (which I love talking about!)
As for the first question, it started from a youthful passion fostered by Indiana Jones (of course), because who isn't charmed by Harrison Ford?
However, the most influential memories I have are actually exploring the American Southwest for fossils with my Dad. This was in the 'golden days' of air travel, pre-2001, when you could take anything you wanted on a plane—which in my case, included bringing trilobites and brachiopods to decorate my bedroom. I was too young to realize that archaeology wasn't the same as paleontology, nor that taking fossils wasn't good practice (remember the context part above! Although I did occasionally donate my finds to local children's museums), but nevertheless, I was hooked.
|I knew early on that I was destined to work in their environment|
to be continued....
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