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Thors Hammer


Nebra Sky Disk


Rosetta Stone


Imperial Treasure


Ishtar Gate


Pompeii Picture


British Digsite photo


Active Digsite


Egyptian Hieroglyphs


JMU Seal



Why I Will Not Become An Archaeologist

I will, unfortunately, never be able to accomplish my dream of becoming an Archaeologist. I simply do not have the time nor the money to be able to do effectively in the field and provide for myself and my future family. Currently, I am studying International Business at James Madison University. My passion for History will always be a part of me though and  I will continue to study and learn, just from farther away. Sometimes your dream just isn’t feasible and that is a hard thing to learn.

Cost of Being an Archaeologist

Being an Archaeologist is very costly in time and money. In order to be competitive in the job market you must have at least a Masters degree in some form of archaeology. The cost for me receive the education I mentioned earlier would be, approximately 240,000 dollars for four years at Ponoma College and between 50,000 to 100,000 dollars. It would also take apprx. 6 years at least to receive the necessary degree’s. Another issue is the amount of debt that Archaeologists incur takes a long time to pay off due to the relatively low salaries that Archaeologists make. Included with this post is a graph depicting the average salaries of an archaeologist. Archaeologists don’t do this job for the money, rather they do it for their own mental and spiritual benefit. This job can be extremely rewarding to the right person, if their willing to put in the dedication and the money.

5 Famous Artifacts

1. Thor’s Hammer

With the discovery of a inscribed hammer shaped amulet by a band of Swedish scientists, one of the Viking’s greatest mysteries were solved. Throughout a large of Viking dig sites throughout all of Scandinavia many hammer shaped amulets were found, but no one was sure of their intent. When a hammer amulet inscribed with “This is a Hammer” was found the mystery was solved.

2. Nebra Disk

The Nebra disk is a 3,600 year old bronze disk discovered in Germany. This disk was used by the ancient Germans to indicate the position of the summer and winter solstice. This disk was originally thought to have been a joke as it was built in such an intricate and well done way. It was also one of the first “portable” instruments for measuring the stars.

3.Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone was discovered by a French officer in 1799. This stone was so significant because it provided a means of translating ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Until that point, much of Egyptian literature and wall carvings were unreadable. This stone translates Egyptian words into Greek and Demotic.

4. Imperial Treasure

These 23,000 priceless artifacts were taken by the British in the 19th century. They were looted from Beijing. These artifacts represent some of the best preserved and most intricate artifacts that remain from China’s imperial dynasty.

5. Ishtar Gate

This gate was built by King Nebuchadnezzar 575 BC. This gate was intricately built and was beautiful to behold. The blue glaze,paired with the gold inlay, create a strikingly amazing image of Babylonian gods and goddesses and alludes to the great power Babylon held at the time. This gate was a symbol of Babylon’s wealth and culture superiority at that time.

Potential Digsites

There are many different dig sites to be looked at throughout all of the ancient Roman world. The ancient Roman World encompasses the majority of modern day United Kingdom, Europe (excluding Germany and many Slavic states), Greece, Macedonia, North Africa, and areas a long the East coast of the Middle East. A lot of sites in this area have already been excavated but new things are being continually found as every year passes. Some of the more well known sites, such as Pompeii, still have plenty to be done. It would be really cool to be apart if that excavation team! Other cool dig sites can be found in Rome, Jerusalem, a long Hadrian’s wall, and in many other places. Some of the more interesting ones have been found in the middle east. These ruins are relatively “newer” and the sand and dry heat of the desert did a very good job of preserving artifacts. With this post I included a photo of the current dig site at Pompeii.