I feel like most people don’t realize how broad of a field archaeology is. Everybody thinks of excavating ancient sites and trying to understand cultures that haven’t existed for many hundreds or thousands of years. There’s a lot of that, but there’s a lot more. Medieval churches, Renaissance cemeteries, Colonial forts, even World War battlefields all fall under the archaeologist’s efforts to understand the past through physical evidence. There are ongoing excavations at a former slave townsite in Illinois, a 17th-century castle in Ireland, and a synagogue in Poland that was looted by Nazis. I’ve had people tell me that everything’s already been discovered. They’re wrong.