Why Classical Archaeology?

When I become an archaeologist, I want to focus on the excavating, restoring, and protecting artifacts from the Classical World. The Classical World consists of the ancient Greek city-states and Ancient Rome. These dig sites are mainly concentrated along the Mediterranean coast. Of the two ancient civilizations, I wish to focus primarily on Ancient Rome. Ancient Rome is a huge passion of mine. This love for Rome didn’t develop until I was well into my teenage years. This love stems from the influence that Rome has had on modern day life and from the many incredible things that Rome developed. From the development of a complex system of government to huge military reforms, Rome truly was an innovator and a world power. Due to the extent of the Roman Empire, I could find myself digging at sites in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy, France, Briton, and Germany, just to name a few.  The picture below features an ongoing dig site in the United Kingdom.

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Step 2: Find a Job

After finishing my bachelor and my master degree’s I would attempt to locate a job. I would try and get a job in Virginia. I chose Virginia because that is where I am from and it also has easier and more accessible transportation options. The East Coast of the United States makes travel to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East quick and easy. The reason why I’m interested in historical sites in those areas is because those areas were all influenced by the Roman Empire at one point. I would hope to get a job with a firm that actively participates in Historically-Roman dig sites. These firms are known as “Classical Archaeology Firms.”

Step 1: College!

In order to be an archaeologist, you must at least have a college degree. Most archaeologists get a bachelors degree in Anthropology and then they pursue a Masters degree in Archaeology. While this process may seem long, it is ultimately necessary. The college I would attend to get my bachelors degree would be Pomona College in Claremont, California. I choose this school because it is rated very high on the list of best Anthropology schools and it is a reachable goal for someone like me. Many of the other schools listed were public Ivy and I do not have the grades nor the dedication to enroll into those schools. After finishing school there, I would enroll into a Graduate school program. I would attend the Indiana University Of Pennsylvania and complete their “Applied Archaeology” program. I choose this school because it was very high on the list of good schools and it was of the only strictly archaeology programs available.

Why an Archaeologist?

My passion for the ancient world began at a young age.I was always fascinated by the ancient world. I was always asking my parents How did this get here? What did it do? Why was it made? Who built it? What happened to its owners? I drove my parents insane! This curiosity for the ancient world began predominately in the time period before humans. I wanted to be a paleontologist for the first 10 years of my life. Dinosaurs were simply way to cool. My mom would bring me to a lot of Natural History museums to see all the fossilized remains and around the state to check out any special exhibits. My passions didn’t turn to the ancient world until I was 14. Around that age, I began to become fascinated by ancient Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and Viking mythology. This newfound respect for the ancient world grew quickly to become a major expenditure of my time.

First Post!!!!!

Hello Classmates, Professor, and Random Strangers!

This blog is being created in order to inform you all of my wishes to become an Archaeologist. This blog will highlight some of the necessary steps to do so, as well as give information on the area of time in which I would like to study. I will also writing about why my dreams of becoming an Archaeologist will never come true. Expect more posts in the future!