Talks On Archeology, France And Tutenkhamun

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In the Int 95 lecture this week the Archeology Professor, Stuart Smith, came and spoke to us. He shared with us how when he was in 5th grade he became very interested in the boy king Tutenkhamun and the archeologist who had discovered him, Howard Carter. Smith liked the idea that archeology allowed a person to step back in time, like Howard Carter had. To study archeology Stuart Smith attended Berkley and as an undergrad studied in Egyptian cities such as Luxor, Asyut, and Kom el-Hisn. While doing graduate work at UCLA Smith spent time working in Nubia (Sudan). He told us that while on these archeology adventures he felt like Indiana Jones. For example, he got to scale cliffs and ride in a hot air balloon. One important difference that he noted between him and Indie is that a real archeologist must record and document everything they find. He explained that this was important because context is crucial to understanding the significance of what you discover. One of the most interesting things that he told us about was how he found a clay pot from Mycenae Greece in Nubia. I find this interesting because it’s hard to imagine how a Greek pot got to Africa. Another very interesting thing that Smith has done is to help out making Egyptian movie scripts. Apparently he helped to write some of the lines in The Mummy.
I found this lecture fascinating. As a kid I was interested in Archeology and Ancient Egypt. Hearing him talk assured me that I don’t want Archeology as a career but I would still love to visit Egypt...

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