Feb. 10, 2009
-- In 1944, a patriotic young man of twenty years old joins the Army’s Tenth Mountain Division and is wounded leading his platoon against the Germans in Italy. Left alone on the battle field, in and out of consciousness, he fights back hopelessness and despair by vowing to stay alive. Battling through great adversity and physical pain during two years of recuperation in Army hospitals and learning to live with a permanent injury, he began a life long dream of becoming an archaeologist.
FRED WENDORF, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory Emeritus, Southern Methodist University, went on to receive his MA and PhD from Harvard, and spent more than sixty years as a field archaeologist in the US and Africa. His collection of artifacts and antiquities is permanently housed as the Wendorf Collection at the British Museum, London. In 1987, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and is a dominant figure in American and North African archaeology.
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