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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.

 

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National Geographic Fellow: Fred Hiebert

“Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures” From National Geographic Magazine

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology Exhibit

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. He is currently beginning a new role as 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 nationalgeographic.com 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.
  • Niel Van Herck

    How does it feel to discover something nobody else saw?
    What keeps you going?

  • Abhishek Nayak

    I wanted to know if articles excavated in a country are the property of the country or a property of the archaeologists.
    Thanks.

  • Panayotis

    Hello,
    I always have been loving archaeology mostly because it’s the science that searches for traces of history itself by finding all these ancient remnants of the civilizations that created humanity. Do you believe that it is possible for some long lost ancient miracles like an ancient city or an architectural monument can be rebuilt today in it’s former glory? Have you ever participated in such a project? If so, was the result as expected in the end and how did you feel while working on it?

    Thank you for your time and sorry for any mistakes in my mail.

  • Steven Rains

    So do you ever have adventures like Indiana Jones or Jurassic Park?

  • Joseph Hammond

    Everytime I’m in my basement (which is 8 feet from ceiling to floor), I wonder what YEAR would the floor level, which I’m standing on, represent. This is just a slightly nagging curiosity.

  • Rachel Anne

    What advice do you have for an aspiring writer who finds archeology and the origins of civilization to be a fascinating subject from which to launch fiction but also wants to keep her stories and details accurate?

  • catarina perestrello

    Am I wrong in thinking that there are no fossils of human beings? I’ve seen fossils of so many things in slabs of stone but never of a person.I suppose Pompei is the closest,but it’s not the same thing.

  • Dianna

    How did the Native Americans make their Mortar and Pestles? Each one is unique in shape and material.

    I’ve seen film of people making arrowheads, called “flintnapping” but nothing on these treasures.

  • SS

    What is the best way for someone who has a passion for archaeology to participate in and help out a real dig?

  • Danielle Sager

    Are there opportunities for youth to get their hands wet and experience archaeology first hand? Such as archaeology trips or digs?

  • Melissa Flores

    How did you became an archaeologist? was it hard? what are your goals?

  • Lidia Chambers

    I live in Africa which is the “cradle of humanity” and I saw a documentary a while back which traced all human kind to a native group of people known today as the Koisan who orignated and still survive here in the Western Cape. I’d really like to know more about that and whether Dr Fredrik Hiebert agress? Regards Lidia

  • Heather

    What could an aspiring archeologist study in college? Are there specific archeology degrees?

  • Dragoljub Veselinov

    How,by your opinion,cold be solved a problem between jewish and muslim people in Jerusalim,that considers a place for a temple? Which of this two religions have a historical right for that location to have its own temple?

  • Yohanna Ephron

    How do you become a real archaeologist instead of being stuck in a museum? Where do you go?

  • IMRAN BABLO

    I always have been loving archaeology mostly because it’s the science that searches for traces of history itself by finding all these ancient remnants of the civilizations that created humanity. Do you believe that it is possible for some long lost ancient miracles like an ancient city or an architectural monument can be rebuilt today in it’s former glory? Have you ever participated in such a project? If so, was the result as expected in the end and how did you feel while working on it?How does it feel to discover something nobody else saw?
    What keeps you going?So do you ever have adventures like Indiana Jones or Jurassic Park?Am I wrong in thinking that there are no fossils of human beings? I’ve seen fossils of so many things in slabs of stone but never of a person.I suppose Pompei is the closest,but it’s not the same thing.

  • Keith Reti

    Is it true that the origins of man go back possibly to the dinosaur age because I have seen size 16 footprints myself of man that supposedly dates back to the age of the dinosaur & scientist have denied it purely for the fact that they do not want to re-write history because it leaves a massive gap that they cannot account for…………. What are your thaughts on the matter?

  • Nick age 10

    Have you ever found a velociraptor? If so, where did you find it? If not, have you found any dinosaurs? If so, where?

  • Randy Scott

    For decades I have been arguing that women invented gardening, farming, agriculture; therefore civilization, to ease the burden of gathering while carrying a baby on her hip. Few historians give it much credit, attribute great events to men. What do you think?

  • Randy Scott

    For decades I have argued that women invented gardening, farming, agriculture; therefore civilization, to ease the burden of gathering with a baby on her hip. Historians seem to dimiss this & credit great steps to men. What do you think?

  • Vasiliy

    Where would you go in Russia?
    С английским беда, поэтому еще раз и по-русски – куда бы Вы, как археолог, отправились бы первым делом в России?
    Спасибо.

  • Celeste Moore

    What was your most fascinating or exciting discovery you made? How often do you actually find something worthwhile?

  • ahmed alazazy

    Why do humans feel the unhappiness, even if he has all the reasons he wants human happiness

  • Nathan Seely

    Would you recommend getting a degree in Anthropology or Archaeology?

  • kayce herrick

    If you have any advice for aspiring archaeologist what would it be?

  • Marcial Baki

    Where did we, the modern day civilization, really come from? Because it is quite very clear that a sophisticated and a suprior civilization from yet an unknown origin have deliberately erased our memories of the distant past. The evidences are so staggering that we really have to focus on this.

  • Michael Angello W

    I’m an archaeology student in one of university in Indonesia. I’m not graduate yet. But i’m still confused about where i should go after graduate. Can you give me some advice or reccommend about how and where i should go for work as an archaeology (instead in archaeology department of Indonesia)?

  • Musonera Jean Maurice

    Do you believe that pyramid was build ed by human force labor ?? On my view I don’t think so !! Some time it’s really hard to believe what you guys are saying !! If history would be really human record of his past I don’t think till now we could be struggling in searching where we came from !!!

  • Christine B

    Is it even possible to make a midlife career change into archeology or other study of ancient history and artifacts? How did you know this was what you wanted to do with your life, and what would you recommend for someone who wants to make it their life, too?

  • Canadian Bear

    I have potentially 2 “leads” that may be actual, physical proof of early Norse penetration into the heart of North America…I would love to follow one or both of the leads up, but have no funding, archaeological background, etc that would allow me to pursue them. Who should I speak to regarding these, or how would I go about pursuing them in such a way that I will not ruin their absolute proof of authenticity?

  • Rafique

    Which is the best ancient civilization, which has done more work then other civilizations to science, literature, philosophy and Mathematics?

  • Oleg Meshrin

    Have you had instances in your travels and excavations in which you had resistance from locals or local agencies?
    How did you get around such obstacles to get as close as you can to the truth?

  • Chris Alexander

    If a spaceship came down and they told you the earth is about to explode and you can choose only ten ancient artifacts to save for posterity, which would they be?

  • Janet Gilroy

    How do you finance your expeditions?

  • don marinelo

    How do you feel when you find something, significant? and how do you live, wife, family?

  • Nikoloz G.

    What kind of trowel do you use in the field?

  • Syeda Amber

    hi,I like your work very much, in which countries you have been to?
    have you ever came to Pakistan. Harrapa ,,,monjodahro,.. Ancient civilizations

  • Syeda Amber

    hi,I like your work very much, Have yoy ever been to Pakistan? As here is
    Mound of the Dead, Sindhi: موئن جو دڙو) is an archeological site situated in what is now the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2600 BC, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and one of the world’s earliest major urban settlements, existing at the same time as the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Crete.

  • Pamela Williams

    Do you have any maps or infromation on the ancient biblical boundries or land mass that was promised to the biblicac Patriot Abraham and his seed? If so how could I go abot receiving this information?

  • Zoe Furlong

    Have you ever found anything futuristic, like a cave painting of somebody going on a laptop.

  • Joe

    While using Google Earth I saw what clearly appears to be A sunken city, who would I contact about what I have found?

  • mariajuliaabolencia@yahoo.com

    i love anthropology/ archaeology and antique things.i love to know more about archaeology.

  • mariajuliaabolencia@yahoo.com

    i love to know more about archaeology…i love antiques.

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