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It's Never Too Late To Do Archaeology

I spent a glorious decade as a late-blooming archaeologist. In my 30s, after a string of soul-sucking jobs, I applied to UCLA's Anthropology Department as an undergraduate. I graduated with my M.A. in Archaeology at age 36.

It's almost impossible to make a living as a “shovel bum,” so I planned to get my Ph.D. and go into teaching. But a recession booted me back into corporate and my life careened down a different path. (Here’s the whole story if you’re curious.)

My most illuminating discovery—archaeology makes for a beautiful passion but a lousy career. It’s rife with academic politics and favoritism, and the demand to "publish or perish" can be depressingly tedious.

But fieldwork, that’s another story. It’s the thrill you feel when you imagine archaeology. Anyone can do fieldwork. Most digs are underfunded and will take volunteers who pay their way. Digital and satellite researchers also need help.

To celebrate International Archaeology Day, October 17, Later Bloomer features a few "everyday" people who've made contributions to archaeology and how you can join them!

Check it out on the blog. >>

October Birthdays

October 2, 1879: Birth of attorney Wallace Stevens, the poet who never quit his day job. At age 75, while serving as Vice President of The Hartford Group, Stevens won the Pulitzer Prize. He published his first book poetry anthology at age 53READ MORE

October 24, 1868: Birth of adventurer Alexandra David-Néel in Paris, France. At age 56, Alexandra disguised herself as a peasant and hiked through the Himalayas to become the first Western woman into Tibet’s holy city, Lhasa. READ MORE

October 29, 1954: Happy birthday to the legendary Lee Child. According to his official biography, Jack Reacher's creator was fired at age 40, spent six bucks on writing implements, and churned out an international bestseller. Was it really that easy? READ MORE

Stay well and see you in November!


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Debra Eve (photo)Hello, dear reader. I'm Debra Eve, proud late bloomer and possessor of many passions.

At, I've written about more than 100 people in the arts, humanities, and sciences who followed their creative passions later in life. I know that creativity never gets old and want to inspire your dreams, too.

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