Why I Am Unnatural… In Archaeology
It’s surprising, it’s shocking, it’s semi-out-of-character, but you know I have become more and more involved in archaeology at home and abroad. I worked in the field decades ago, not as an uber-professional. But with advanced degrees, at first on a lark, later taking it more seriously, it’s now part of my life.
And nobody can believe it.
I recently received an e-mail from a friend who I knew when we were both ex-pats years ago in another country. Not being able to return the correspondence right away, I told her that I had been in the field. She flat-out could not believe it:
“You know that is nearly impossible for me to imagine, right? The Alexandra I know is always dressed in black, wears makeup and lipstick, and has her blonde hair styled perfectly. Excavating and muddy don’t fit this picture! haha!”
It’s true. I tend to stand out. Most people dress in khaki, olive or grey. That’s the color of dirt and yes, it tends to stick to you. Cover you. Cleave to you after a full day or full hour in the field.
I don’t know why. I really don’t. It’s not like we’re hunting or anything and need to hide-! I’m black or bright and beautiful while in the field excavating.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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