James Stanley Daugherty, The Archaeologist
Like many young boys James studied the expeditions in National Geographic and wondered what it would be like to explore the sites in person. James’s father had a deep love of archaeology and would take James on the weekends to explore the ancient hunting fields in Kentucky.
As he became older he decided to pursue this with a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from the University of Oregon, and later a master’s degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He worked on a number of sites in Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, Montana and New Zealand.
Then through a series of life changes he moved away from archaeology as a profession. Now forty years later, in the forests of the Yucatán, his interests have been reawakened. It is one thing to see the ancient temples in a picture book, it is quite another to touch the stones, climb the pyramids, and clear away the rubble.