Doctor Jones

“Aside from criminology, I’d say archaeology has the highest body count.” Jarod Kintz, $3.33

“The geologist takes up the history of the earth at the point where the archaeologist leaves it, and carries it further back into remote antiquity.” Bal Gangadhar Tilak, The Arctic Home in the Vedas

Two for one quote day!

In a countryside a long, long time ago, in a world not that far away, lived a young woman who loved ancient history and Indiana Jones.

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Seriously – how can you NOT want to be an archaeologist!


Can you FEEL that!

My maiden name is Jones.

I have a degree in Archaeology (and my first degree is Anthropology/Classical Studies) – my classmates and friends used to call me Gwendiana Jones. I’m not joking.

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What?!

I know, Indy, Crazy!

When I hear of new discovers, I still get a rush of excitement to find out more details.

Then cue life – right out of left field. A controlling fiancé turned husband, children, divorce, a new marriage, responsibilities – you know, life.

For several years I have been fighting a fog of depression, anxiety, stress, and illness.

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Whip that shit!

I started a new program with a WONDERFUL nutritionist at Sculpt Fredericton named Allison Hill. She is da bomb!

In the last week I have already gained more energy and joy than I have in the past several YEARS! I have had happy moments, don’t get me wrong, but this time I actually FEEL it inside of me instead of a deep, dark hole.

What does that have to do with Archaeology? Nothing really – except for the joy and excitement. My life isn’t over, not by a long shot. I have always said that I still have time.

You never know – maybe one day, I’ll hear someone call me Doctor after all, while I am digging in a remote location looking for my next big find.

I know it’s not as it is portrayed in film and on TV – oh trust me I know (I loved creating a topographic map of a site I dug on, very cool). But all the things people think of as tedious in the career – I LOVE. I LOVE cataloguing and holding items. I LOVE taking my time, clearing off objects – it’s my Zen.

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Thanks for the inspiration, Indy.

No matter where the series goes, Harrison Ford will always be Indiana to me.

Aqua – Doctor Jones

Ch-ch-ch-changes

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy

I don’t know if it’s the cool (very cool) Fall air, the crispness of everything, or what it is – but even though I am physically ill, I feel amazing.

Yesterday for the first time ever I did a presentation for a group of grade 5 French Immersion students (yes, I did it in French). My subject – archaeology.

I am floored by how excited the kids were and how much they genuinely seemed to enjoy it! I didn’t see eyes rolling, I didn’t see anyone with their head down doodling, no whispers – they were focused on my presentation!

I feel reinvigorated by their energy to learn. So many great questions from them too! But the biggest one was – why wasn’t I working as an archaeologist now? That’s a tough one for me and filled with regret, but suddenly the regret isn’t as strong and it’s been replaced by a happy thought of regaining my footing and digging in to the future.

David Bowie – Changes

Dreaming a dream

“Henry Jones: I didn’t know you could fly a plane!
Indiana Jones: Fly — yes, land — no.”
Rob MacGregor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

I think this will be my Indiana Jones week. I need to reintroduce my teens to him, introduce my tot to him. I need to breath that story back into my life and feel the drive I once had.

It’s funny how something that is so a part of pop culture can have such an impact. Here’s some personal information time – my maiden name is Jones. I.Kid.You.Not. I DREAMED of being called Dr. Jones – the archaeologist (especially since I was far too introverted to be the musical performer I wanted to be lol). My nickname at my second university (where I actually did study Archaeology) was Gwendiana Jones. Again. I.Kid.You.Not.

Sidebar – my first degree was also a BA, but a double major in Anthropology and Classical Studies.

The dream was to do my Bachelor of Science in Archaeology at the University of Calgary, then I was to do a Masters in Roman Archaeology at the University of Cardiff in Wales. After that, I dreamed of doing my PhD in Rome, Italy.

Instead, I completed a BA because it took a year less time – as my fiancé at the time said I didn’t need the full BSc since I was just moving back home anyway. Can you taste that regret? It’s thick and clings like black tar.

I’ve been asked to do a talk to grade 5 students next week on Archaeology. I’m stoked. I can’t wait to talk about something I’m so passionate about. I also want to make sure that the students I speak to don’t give up – that if they want something, don’t let anyone get in their way.

People tell me it’s not too late for me. Maybe it’s not. I hope to contact the local Archaeological services branch here to see about volunteering to help catalogue artifacts at the very least (I hear they are back logged). Mostly, my dream for digging was to travel to Wales and then the Middle East, to explore the sands of the desserts, to find those treasures hidden so long ago by the shifting sands or wars. To study the past, through that culture’s lens, with a heart ready to learn all there was to know.

I know Indiana Jones is make believe. True archaeology is a lot of research, a lot of digging, a lot of cataloguing, a lot of tedious work.

One persons tedium, is another’s adventure. To me every artifact is an adventure onto itself.

Maybe I should see about upgrading that BA to a BSc…maybe…

Indiana Jones Theme Song

Food for the Soul

“Myths have a very long memory.” Bryan Sykes, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

On Sunday evening I had the immense pleasure of watching Loreena McKennitt perform. Along side her were guitarist (etc) Brian Hughes and cellist (etc) Caroline Lavelle. It was mesmerizing. McKennitt’s voice and stories were captivating, but I have to say that Caroline Lavelle’s obvious passion for playing really blew me away.

Watching the trio gave me a full serving of questioning my life. Is that odd? Music is my food for the soul. It nourishes me in ways nothing else can. All my life I have dreamt of learning various instruments, singing, learning various languages to sing in.

Instead I sit here in my office, dredging over old reports, wondering why I am neither digging in the dirt and dealing with antiquities or singing and playing for my life. Those are my passions. I know that. Music and archaeology. Yet, neither has a huge roll in my life anymore.

I’m almost 42 years old. What have I done with my life? What am I teaching my children? When will I finally chase my dreams and make them real?

Loreena McKennitt – The Mystic’s Dream

Archaeology

Kestrel Mummy Hints at Raptor Breeding in Ancient Egypt – This is interesting in that it raises more questions. How were they kept? If they were revered, how did ancient Egyptians deal with keeping them? Were there laws governing the breeding of these raptors? Were there special treatments in place? It would be interesting to know…

Scientists report Stone Age flour production – ancient breads?

Archaeologists discover earliest known stone wall in Poland – would love to see this close up…

One more…

DNA from Neandertal relative may shake up human family tree – looking forward to hearing more on this.