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So how did you get interested in archeology?
I lived in Turkey as a kid for 3 years. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting ruins there, so I grew up clambering all over them. We also traveled to other parts of the middle east.
I had been to many of the sites that are covered in books, mags, and documentaries, so it was natural to want to learn more about them.
Climbing up Maiden Castle in Dorset was for me the catalyst - who and why and how? My country's prehistory beckoned me first and then the interest broadened out.
It wasn't long before I noticed that I was living in a part of the world where every second feature of the landscape was named for the Native Americans - who were nowhere to be found. Who were they? Where did they go?
Anyone know good books on archaeology, particularly structures, that includes alternative theories that fit the evidence but not necessarily current mainstream thought? I am not interested in conspiracy theories and alien interference. Oh, and it needs to be written for the average reader and not scientists. TYVM.
I used to dig up bones left by coyotes in my front yard. And I've always loved rocks, fossils, history, and cultures. But my desire to become an archaeologist really started after my mom gave me Clan of the Cave Bear when I was 10. That started a whole love for historical fiction, particularly with an archaeological basis. W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neill Gear and Linda Lay Schuler's books sparked my imagination. Then a childhood full of travel to castles, temples, and ruins bound me to it.
For the pyramids, try Kurt Mendelssohn: The Riddle of the Pyramids. Although most Egyptologists don't agree with Mendelssohn's theory, he isn't a woo-woo, his explanation is limited to a few specific pyramids, and he treats conventional theories with respect.
It was so much fun that I never forgot about it! It was definitely a major factor in my love of archaeology :D
The Flea Market Archaeologist by Michael J. Costa.