Catching up on world archaeology

After a walk in the Museum Park, lunch at my neighbourhood deli, a few errands and laps at the gym pool, I came home to find the latest Archaeology magazine in my mailbox. (It is published by the AIA.) I spent the second half of the afternoon lounging on my balcony reading it, enjoying the unusually pleasant summer weather.

I learned about excavations under Mexico City and the renewed research on the Gokstad ship burial first excavated more than a century ago (Norway). I caught up with the work of my colleague Josef Wegner (not Wenger, as misspelled in the article) at Abydos (Egypt). There were several other articles about archaeological research going on at various places around the world—all very interesting! It kept me happily occupied until dinner time.

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Do archaeologists work only in their specialised field or do they have to study all the civilisations of the world?

Do archaeologists work only in their specialised field or do they have to study all the civilisations of the world?

Archaeologists will chose a specialty. You have to understand that archaeology is a very, very broad field of study. An archaeologist cannot know every thing about everything! That’s why, if you want to become an archaeologist, you have to figure out which civilisation fascinates you the most and, based on that, select correct the university programme. My specialty is ancient Egypt and Nubia. I know a bit about the ancient Mediterranean in general because we cannot study civilisations in a vacuum. Otherwise, I don’t know much about civilisations in other parts of the world. Simple and basic things only. I like reading about other civilisations and cultures, but I will never be an expert in those other fields.