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"The Mystery of the Past:" An Interview with Dr. Zeev Weiss
Sam: How old were you when you got interested in archaeology?
Dr. Weiss: When I was in high school years ago I was interested in archaeology. I traveled a lot around the country and visited some archaeological sites. My first true experience was when I was in ninth grade.
Sam: What got you interested in archaeology?
Dr. Weiss: The mystery of the past and an interest in uncovering history to gain a better understanding of the ancient societies.
Sam: What training or education has helped you most as an archaeologist?
Dr. Weiss: Studying at the Hebrew University and working every year in the field with an experienced professor.
Sam: What kind of archaeological work do you do?
Dr. Weiss: Everything from actual digging to analyzing the pottery sherds and architectural features unearthed in the site.
Sam: Can you tell me about any interesting field experiences you've had?
Sam: Where have you found your most interesting artifacts?
Dr. Weiss: At Zippori, in Israel's Lower Galilee. You can see it at our website.
Sam: How many hours a day do you work at a dig?
Dr. Weiss: The actual dig is done from early morning until noontime, and after that we work in the office analyzing the material.
Sam: What tools do you use?
Dr. Weiss: Hoe, pick, trowel, various kinds of brushes, etc.
Sam: Is there anything you don't like about archaeology?
Dr. Weiss: Not understanding what you find.
Sam: What would you say to a child who was thinking about archaeology for a career?
Dr. Weiss: I would say: Do whatever you want, but remember that not every archaeologist succeeds in the academic career and you should take some risk.