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Fifteen Things I’ve Learned from Archaeology

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It’s possible to be an archaeologist, filthy-dirty, and still wear wild nail polish.

When there’s no TV and limited internet, many people tend to drink and play charades at night.

If you’re smart, you will bring many lightweight outfits, underwear and socks. That way, you aren’t washing out clothes in the sink every single night like me.

Just because you live Communally at an archaeological site does not mean that you will need to eat every meal

When you live communally at an archaeological site does mean that you learn the best local places to eat… as well as who can cook for a crowd back at the ranch.

Morning coffee is important. Figure out if you enjoy drip-brewed, French press, or instant and how to get some into your body before the crack of dawn.

Finding cool Stuff is better than not finding cool stuff, even if that’s not exactly the main point of Archaeology (contrary to public opinion and Indiana Jones).

coinBe open to learning new things, particularly when the historical record turns out to be something you never imagined.

Group efforts are good. They are also often fun.

It is difficult to take site photos from a ladder with a long extension pole balancing the camera, but someone has to do it.

You will live if you don’t get to straighten your hair. Buns, braids and ponytails are cameraour friends when roughing it. (Still felt weird.)

No cell phone service may help your family understand that they can survive just fine without you. Stay away too long and that could work against you-!

Yes, you will become dirty and covered with dust and sweat tomorrow, but you still must bathe today.

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Fifteen Things I’ve Learned from Archaeology


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