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Looking for a Mentor with Archaeology/Anthropology experience.


Kristian Payne Colorado Springs, CO

Hi! My name is Kristian Payne and I will be transitioning out of the Army for the next 8 months. I am focused on working towards getting the education to pursue a career in Archaeology, but I want to be well-prepared and on the right track for the necessary courses needed. I am also seeking advice on which institutions have the best programs available. I am currently enrolled in TAP classes and have applied for both the Service to School and Warrior-Scholar Programs. If there is anyone you know that could lend me a hand or has some experience in the archaeology field, I would greatly appreciate you reaching out and connecting me with them!

Thank you for reading!

3 November 2021 2 replies Mentoring



David Eastman Gresham, OR

Hello, Kristian

Ah, anthropology! A wonderful career that is pretty fulfilling but jobs in the field are few and far between. That said, there are numerous "digs" going on around the world, mostly in the ancient worlds of Israel, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and South America, i.e., Chile and Peru.
If you contact the local universities in these countries and/or their national museums, I am confident you can find a contact who can tell you about how best to enter the field. I was an anthropology minor in college but went into special education and then into marketing and product management. I still have a love for anthropology and archeology and I am always excited to learn what scientists and researchers are "digging up" and newly discovering these days. I think at this junction you might seek an "internship" at one of the digs, work for a year onsite--hopefully paid or at least with room and board as compensation--and that may open some doors, or crypts, as it were.

Much success in your new career.


David F Eastman
Life Science Industry Marketing Consultant, US Navy Veteran.


Gary Rossi Napa, CA

Career Coach (no charge) - reach out to me on LinkedIn - you should start making connections there by doing informational interviews and building your network - I have over 9200 professional connections - also Navy Vet.

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