Your Questions for an NG Archaeologist

Last summer, 52,000 National Geographic Facebook fans voted in a poll about what kind of exploration you’d most like to embark upon. Nearly 48% chose “searching for traces of ancient civilizations.” It’s a little tricky to send that many people out on an expedition, but it’s a little more doable to bring the expedition to you.

Globe-trotting archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow Dr. Fredrik Hiebert has traced the development of human society from Mongolia to the Andes, making discoveries in deserts, mountains, and underwater.

His expeditions through harsh environments to little-known corners of central Asia, surrounded by war and conflict, have helped reveal the long-lost details of the life of rich and poor along the legendary Silk Road.

And when he’s back from adventuring, Fred devotes his time to planning and curating spectacular touring exhibits of artifacts, such as “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum, Kabul,” and “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology.”

Now you can join Fred Hiebert in a live conversation on the National Geographic Facebook page Monday, January 23 at 2:30pm ET (7:30pm UTC). Post your questions there or in the comments section of this blog post. Then tune in for the live interview and post more questions as the conversation develops.


Learn More

National Geographic Fellow: Fred Hiebert

“Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures” From National Geographic Magazine

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology Exhibit

Changing Planet


Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.