“Archaeologist At Last”

When I was a kid I wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up. I loved the idea of uncovering lost civilizations and the items of their everyday life. As an 11 year old I gazed in wonder at the treasures excavated from Egypt on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While I found the mummies unsettling, I did like the jewelry.

In high school I passed on the opportunity to go to camp in Eastern Oregon on fossil digs. That part of the state gets sizzling hot and the reward of rock held insect specimens held no appeal. But well through my teens I harbored a secret desire to travel to some exotic place and dig. Needless to say, that never happened.

In college I became seriously ill my senior year and was unable to complete the optional thesis project in my field. I had a lingering sadness about never having had the chance to spend countless hours in the Harvard library stacks acquiring arcane knowledge to bolster some original idea about poetry between the world wars.

Now, however, I find that doing this work with Lucy Durham seems to be satisfying both previously abandoned passions. Working as an archaeologist I am uncovering things long tucked away in files and on microfilm. As an avid researcher I am able to peruse academic journals at my leisure, enjoying such titles as She Hath Done What She Could: Protestant Women’s Missionary Careers in Nineteenth-Century America.

It turns out it is never too late to have dreams come true!

29 thoughts on ““Archaeologist At Last”

  1. I had the same dream as a child Elizabeth!

    Life didn’t work out that way for me either but I love excavating the truth in God’s Word with the archeological findings which are being added to each year. 😊


  2. How great, Elizabeth! I used to teach with a guy whose daughter became an archaeologist. She said some of the work is not so glamorous, but I know she sometimes gets to go on digs.


  3. You have actually fulfilled your dream, without the sweltering heat and hard rocks. Yes, the connection is much the same. Lucy would be proud.


  4. Hi Elizabeth, I am glad you have found a way of fulfilling your dreams through books. I spent a lot of time viewing the Egyptian section of the British Museum and also attended the King Tutankhamun travelling exhibition several years ago.


        1. We may do that when the boys finish their education. Greg is at Uni and Michael has 2 1/2 years of high school to go. The UK has a lot of problems at the moment so it isn’t a good time to make a move.


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