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Archeologist by Vocation. By Dr. Marcela Zapata-Meza

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Archeologist by Vocation. By Dr. Marcela Zapata-Meza

Archeologist by Vocation. By Dr. Marcela Zapata-Meza

My passion for archeology began when I was eight years of age, I was very young to know for sure at that moment that this was going to be my vocation for something that seemed so far away.

A major role was played by my mom. She shared her love of reading with me, and chose to read me my first book, “The Forgotten Pharaoh.” I remember that I couldn´t stop reading… each page would transport me to the Valley of the Kings and I imagined myself right there on that 4th of November of 1922 beside Howard Carter discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun. I was so enthusiastic that when I finished the book I told my mother, “When I grow up I want to discover a tomb in Egypt…”

The second book that my mother shared with me was about the bible and archaeology and titled “…And the Bible was Right.” As with my previous book, I read this intensely and upon coming to the last page told my mother, “when I grow up I will be an archaeologist and work in Israel.”

As I grew up, I never doubted, and always told my friends and family “I will be an archaeologist.” When the time came, my dad told me to look for another career path, mentioning that archaeology was not suitable for women and that I had to think in my financial future. He would say, “You are going to starve if you study archaeology!” With this panorama in mind I searched for another option and told my father I would study to become a war correspondent…. He was so shocked that it left him no option other than to say…”okay, go ahead and study archaeology.”

To this day I still maintain my first two books as a treasure.

In 2008 I had the opportunity to work in Egypt in the Theban Tomb (TT39) and since 2010 I´ve been in charge of the archaeological project in Magdala.

Since I was eight, I knew I wanted to be an archaeologist, and not any archaeologist but a great one! Even though I am small in stature, today I can say that I have indeed accomplished this, not because of fame or because of an important discovery but because I love what I do, because I know I am on the path that God wanted me to be in, where He meant me to be in and the reason for which he gave me my existence, doing what I enjoy the most and that is being an archaeologist.

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