Happy Birthday, Mom!!!

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Okay, this may not be directly related to archaeology, but I know my 86-year-old mother is checking the blog daily, so I wanted to wish her a happy birthday from our sunny little village of Tepe. It has been many, many years since I was in the US on her birthday.

For those of us who spend every summer digging, often for two or three months at a time, being in the field is a luxury and a passion. One of the reasons we can pursue field archaeology is because we have a support team back at home: parents, spouses, partners, children, and friends who keep life at home rolling along while we are out of touch and busy with the field. They worry about us, deal with the myriad problems that arise in our absences, make sure the kids are ready for the first day of school, and generally make it possible for us to pursue archaeology thousands of miles from home.

So, Mom, this is just a small acknowledgement of your contribution to the archaeology of southeastern Turkey on your birthday with lots of love.

By matney

Dr. Matney is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies at the University of Akron. He is the Director of the Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Expedition.

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