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Anthropology, Archaeology, Paleontology
(click above for the Field Museum's description of how they compare)

Although I did a lot of in-depth research for my novel Gold in the Shadow, which is generously-interwoven with anthroplogical, archaeological and mythological themes, I certainly make no claim to any professional status in any of these fields. They are just additional hobbies and interests.

I did take an Archaeology of Britain class at Oxford University's Merton College, and over the years I have been fortunate to be able to visit quite a few remarkable, ancient sites. Here are some of those, with a few photo links:

Pyramids at Giza, Luxor & Karnak temple ruins, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens\Queen Haptshetsut's Temple, , Colossi of Memnon

Xian (terra cotta army), Great Wall (China)

Bandelier Cliff Dwellings (Anasazi ruins, New Mexico)

Taos Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico Chichen Itza, Tulum, & Ruinas del Rey (Mayan ruins, Yucatan, Mexico), and a few lesser sites in the Yucatan.

Stonehenge, Avebury & Bath (Roman baths), England

Sachsayhuaman, Coricancha, Machu Picchu, Pachamama temple, Tambo Machay (Peru)

The Acropolis\Parthenon, Agora, & other archaeological sites in Athens, Mycenae, Delphi, Corinth (Greece)

Colloseum, Forum, Catacombs, etc. (Rome, Italy)

Pompei, and Epidaurus (Italy)

Open archaeological sites in Jerusalem, (Israel & Palestine)

Masada (Israel)

Roman Aqueduct, Hippodrome, etc, Istanbul, Turkey

Ephesus (Turkey)

Porta Negra (Roman ruins, Trier, Germany)

Nimes and Orange Roman arenas (France)

Pont du Gard aqueduct (France)

Newspaper Rock, and Anasazi (or earlier) ruins, Petrified Forest National Park, NM

Mayan ruins at Altun Ha and Lamanai , Belize

Meknes\Ksar Faraoun and other sites in Morocco

Mammoth site, South Dakota

Mesa Verde ruins, New Mexico

Colorado River Petroglyphs in Glen Canyon, Arizona, on the Colorado River

Roman ruins in Cologne, Germany

Porta Praetoria and other Roman ruins in Regensburg, Germany

Surviving section of Roman wall by Tower Hill in London

Templo de Debod, Madrid

Various Roman ruins in Toledo, Spain

Roman aqueduct, bridge and lesser ruins in Salamanca, Spain

Roman water wheel, bridge, etc. in Cordoba, Spain

Roman Ruins in Barcelona, Spain

Roman ruins in Bucharest, Romania

Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Ta Som, East Mebon, Banteay Srei, Beng Melea, and Neak Pean, Cambodia,

Ayutthaya ruins, Ayahutta, Thailand

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

Most people might mot automatically associate battlefields, miltary fortifications, and castles
with what they think of when they hear the term archaeology, but this subfield of anthroplogy,
which studies the human past (...and present) through material remains also includes the Medieval,
Post-Medieval, and Industrial/Modern eras. I have visited numerous castles, palaces, fortresses,
churches, abbeys, temples and religious ruins, battlefields, and miltary remains from these later
times periods as well.

Web site links to some of the best Archaeological and Natural History Museums that I have visited:

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Terra Cotta Soldier Museum, Xian, China

British Museum, London

Musee du Louvre, Paris (contains extensive archaelogical exhibits, in addition to the better known art exhibits)

Viking Museum, Oslo

Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C.

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Oklahoma.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy (many Roman period artifacts & sculptures, in addition to later period art).

Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Norman, Oklahoma.

Bali Museum, Bali, Indonnesia.

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