Why This Undergrad is Interested in Archaeology and its Greatest Discoveries

Coming into Michigan State University as a freshman, I had my mind set on studying biomedical laboratory diagnostics, graduating, and applying for medical school to pursue a career as a doctor. All of that quickly changed when I took my first anthropology class as an elective, and fell in love with the field. I enjoyed the classes so much that I added anthropology as a second major. My friends and family started to ask me if and how I planned to connect these two majors into one career field in my future, and that is when I discovered archaeology could do just that. I love working with organic specimens in the lab, analyzing them for traces of disease, but I also love learning about the human experience, and how this experience played out in the past, how it is playing out in the present, and how it may play out in the future.

Combining these two fields will allow me to quench the curiosity I have regarding humans and their culture while utilizing my laboratory skills, not only making me a happy archaeologists but also allowing me to contribute to how we as a society interpret other societies across time. I chose to take ANP 264, Great Discoveries in Archaeology, this semester because I was really hoping to see just how much laboratory and other more biological work contributed to the archaeological sites we find to be most important today. I think that this not only will shed light on the importance that the biomedical side of archaeology has had in the past, but also how it can be utilized in different more modern ways as we move forward to really understand the everyday lifestyles, habits, and struggles of different people. This will greatly help me understand the validity of the work I could possibly be involved in as an archaeologist after graduation.