A Gentleman’s Occupations: Archæologist

Good day,

Here we begin a new chapter at the The Gentleman Blog where we detail the many occupations that gentlemen are particularly drawn toward. Today is non other than the archæologist.

There have been many gentleman who have chosen the distinguished career path of archæology. It must be something about the combination of spending vast amounts of time in the museum, trawling through specimens of the past, and the hats.

Here we see Leonard Wooley with Agatha Christie. Christie was promptly sold to the Cairo museum for many millions of dollars.

The gentleman’s love of adventure also explains why many turn to archæology. There is nothing more exciting than uncovering tombs that have not been seen by human eyes for thousands of years.

But some finds don't require such excavation. Here, Leonard Wooley finds an artifact in his very own study.

Not to mention the gentleman’s love of the grapheme, æ. This also explains why the gentleman’s library is filled with encyclopædias.

Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, is here seen with a bound version of The Gentleman Blog infront of the Gentleman's Vault.

It is needless to say (yet I shall say it, anyway) that Brixley and myself always invite at least one archæologist to our biweekly soirees. They add an extra touch of class and bring extremely lavish gifts, such as broken vases and the ends of tools they believe were once used as rudimentary axes. You should find some to invite to your parties, too. We suggest the variety commonly found in pre-1940s America or Europe.

Hiram Bingham III will often drink too much and stay the night at Griffith Manor. He insists upon pitching a tent on the lawns and by the next morning, half the garden has been exhumed.

This is not to say that all archæologists are slaves to their work. Many famous archæologists have gone on to be successful in other fields, as well.

Hiram Bingham III invented and piloted the world's first autogiro during the 1920s. He was never seen again.

Arthur Evans, who discovered and excavated the Palce of Minos on the island of Crete, threw it all in to become a detective. He also, was never seen again.

So if you have a keen interest in the past, a love of adventure (and the æ) and don’t mind the occasional three-thousand year-old curse on your eternal soul, then you should think about a gentlemanly career in archæology.

Notice how Indiana Jones has cleverly replaced this historical pouch of sand with a worthless gold statuette of equal weight.

Until next time,

HL Griffith

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