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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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November 30th 2011:Profiles in Contemporary Archaeological Careers: A Life in Geoarchaeology

Career paths in all professions reflect adjustments to changing times and conditions. Archaeology is no different. In this episode we look at how archaeological training and vocational directions have shifted in a world centered on practical adaptation. Two synchronous trends in the archaeological career pathway are explored. First, specialization is now pivotal to career advancement. For archaeologists specialization is not so much regional as it is methodological. In other words, certain technical skills are in growing demand for archaeological employment. Second, venues for practicing archa

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Curtis E. Larsen

Curtis E. Larsen is a geoarcheologist and geomorphologist recently retired from a career with the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.). He has had a rich and varied career undertaking both geological and archeological endeavors, combining them whenever possible. Curt received his geological training (B.S.) at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He received his M.A. in anthropology and archeology from Western Washington University and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He is the author of far-ranging geological as well as archeological papers. His book, Life and Land Use on the Bahrain Islands (1983) is an early example of the fruitful interaction between geology and a
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