Donald Purdon – Anthropology ’14

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Archaeology Field Technician – Natural Resource Group (NRG)

Early on it was clear that archaeology was the career for me; from digging holes, collecting rocks, eating sand at the beach ( who knew I would later be referred to as a dirt-eater!) to spending hours reading history books. Attending Longwood’s Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School and having Dr. Bates, Dr. Dalton, and Dr. Jordan as professors are really what solidified the concept in my mind that archaeology would be my career of choice.

I graduated from Longwood University in 2014 with a major in Anthropology. I immediately started to apply to any job related to archaeology. After a couple of months of shenanigans, traveling and gin & tonics with Aaron Whaley and Justin Golden, I finally heard back from one and within five days I left to start it.  As of August ’14, I am working on a pipeline project going through the states of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia doing phase 1 archaeological testing with a possibility of working in Texas or Oklahoma in the winter. It is great meeting new people and hearing about all of their archaeology experience. I also now wholly appreciate doing archaeology under a shaded tent in a field rather than surrounded by briars and swamps. I plan on doing this type of work for at least a year before I go on to graduate school and later to earn my doctorate. I am still not sure what field of archaeology I will find myself in, be it historical or prehistoric, but the connection to past peoples is what drives me so anything will do to be honest.


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