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Angus is one of the directors of our project.  He is a professor at Brock University in Canada

What is your job?

I am one of the directors, one of the bosses.  I tell people what to do, give people money, ask permission of people in the Greek government to let us excavate, ask other people for money, and write about what we found after we finish excavating.

How long does it take to dig a tomb?

It can take from a few days to a few months, depending on how big and how complex it is.  Ours took about 5 weeks because it was large and complex.  There was lots of soil to dig out of the chamber and the entranceway.

What was your favorite artifact of this season?

The little necklaces that we found.  They were made up of tiny beads of stone and glass.  They were found in burials of children.

How did you become interested in archaeology?

Because I had a good teacher who taught me about the Bronze Age.  Also because once I traveled in Greece for 10 weeks and learned about archaeology.

What  can you learn from digging a tomb? 

You can ask all kinds of questions about the people buried there:

when did they live?

who was buried there?

what diseases did they have?

what food did they eat?

what did their family and friends do for them when they died?

what were their beliefs about death?

what artifacts did they bring with them when they died?

Who is your best archaeological friend?

Doug Faulmann.  He is an archaeological illustrator that works with us in Crete.  He draws all the artifacts so that they can be published and other people can see what was found at our site.  We met when we were young graduate students and have worked together for 15 years.  We were roommates, ate out together, and swam.  He is very funny and makes me laugh.  He is always smart and fun to be with.


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