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Arts & Sciences Today, May 2008 Edition

Archaeology: A Passion, Hobby and Career for Terry

Matthew Terry is fascinated by old things. He grew up in an historic house and remembers an archaeologist visiting Terry's third grade class, and it was at that point that Terry's interest was peaked to investigate what an historic site may yield. That love affair with uncovering site mysteries led Matthew Terry to earn his two bachelor degrees in Anthropology and Foreign Languages & Literature in 2004 from SIUE.

Terry's professional preparation has served him well. He currently records archaeological sites during salvage excavations as part of the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program (ITARP). Terry is presently involved in the analysis of several prehistoric archaeology sites in Madison County. The ITARP is an agreement between University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to promote and preserve the state's archaeological resources. The program began nearly half a century ago, and conducts short-term and long-term large-scale archaeology projects exclusively in Illinois.

"Funding is the biggest problem with archaeology jobs," said Terry. He noted that keeping up with the ever-evolving technology changes that impact how archaeologists work has also been a challenge. Terry recently had his SIUE senior project published in the Illinois Archaeology Survey Journal.

During his undergraduate studies at SIUE, Terry received grants and loans that allowed him to continue working on his bachelor degrees. "Without the financial help, I would not have gone to college," said Terry. He received the Mary Warren Bagley Rekas Memorial Scholarship Award, which is given to students with strong academic ranking and who have displayed an active interest in the archaeology in the Cahokia area.

Terry mentions Dr. Julie Holt (PhD, New York University) as being the professor who made a strong, positive impression on him. He remembers that she was always available to help students. Since graduating, Terry has remained in contact with Dr. Holt. It was Dr. Holt who encouraged him to submit his paper to the Illinois Archaeology Survey Journal. Terry frequently visits SIUE to watch senior anthropology students present their papers.

Even in his leisure time, archaeology dominates Terry's interests, including reading about archaeology and annually visits several archaeology conferences. He periodically attends lectures at Cahokia Mounds. Archaeology is Terry's passion, hobby and career. In the future, he would like to travel more and become an entrepreneur with his own archaeology company.



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Arts & Sciences Today, May 2008

Dean Kent Neely's Welcome

Michael Mizerany:
A Star Is Born

Gifford Combines Love of Outdoors
with a Career in Anthropology

Interest in Student Senate Leads to
Government Office for McCracken

Tricia Viviano: Public Relations
& Jewelry Extraordinaire

Aviation Enthusiast Gustafson
Rises to the Top

Mass Com Alumnus Returns
for a Career at SIUE

Sheridan Devotes his Life
to Education

Social Work Gala 2008

Arlo Guthrie Concert

SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame

Contributors to the College
of Arts and Sciences

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