Ever wondered how technology can transport us back in time? In a captivating interview, I sat down with Craig Stevens, a remarkable doctoral student at Northwestern University and future archaeologist , armed with not one, but two master’s degrees, and the prestigious title of a Marshall scholar. Craig’s journey into the realm of archaeology is nothing short of fascinating, and his innovative use of technology is making history more accessible than ever.
Craig’s love affair with archaeology began on the sun-soaked soils of Italy during an undergraduate archaeological dig. What caught his attention wasn’t just the ancient artifacts but a mosaic crafted by skilled African hands. This discovery ignited a passion within him to unravel the rich history of Africa’s contributions to civilization, a mission that still drives him today.
When he first began his archeological journey, Craig didn’t initially envision a PhD or graduate school. However, a pivotal conversation with his advisors led him to Liberia, where he took part in a research project. Even Craig’s own mother questioned the value of studying anthropology, but he saw it as a unique path that would make him stand out in law school applications. And stand out he did.
In our conversation, Craig not only studies the past but also brings it to life through technology, merging ancient tales with contemporary tools. He sheds light on how these innovations, from virtual reconstructions to digital documentation, are reshaping our understanding and interaction with history.
Curious about what it takes to become an archaeologist? In the interview, Craig shares insights into the archeological journey—from the academic path to the day-to-day life in the field. It’s a profession that goes beyond dusty relics; it’s about unraveling stories buried in time. He also shares an incredible resource, the Society of Black Archaeologists.
In essence, Craig Stevens is not just an archaeologist; he’s a storyteller weaving tales of the past with threads of technology. Join us on this captivating journey as we unlock the mysteries of history and witness the power of archaeology in the digital age.
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