Justin Bailey. Photo Courtesy Kitty Kennedy
Justin comes from Bloomington, Indiana. He is 25 years old.
How did he become interested in archaeology?
"In the third grade, our class learned about the American Revolution and Native Americas. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated with the past. In 2009, my Dad, brother and I took a road trip to Colorado, and we stopped at Mesa Verde. It really struck a chord with me. I took a few Anthropology courses in high school and was pretty sure Anthropology was something I wanted to be involved in. I continued my studies at our community college, Ivy Tech. I then transferred to Indiana University and in 2014 graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and History."
After graduation, Justin and his girlfriend hiked the Appalachian Trail for 1,300 miles from Maine to Virginia. They maintained a blog while on the hike.
"I am sure Archaeology is the route I want to pursue. I would like to get my Masters degree but it’s still open where I will go. I also like to write and want to develop my writing skills."
About the Old Vero Site
"The overall pre-history of the Old Vero Site is significant for Archaeology, with human inhabitants going back over 10,000 years."
"I am impressed overall with the Vero Beach community being so involved and the commitment of the Mercyhurst crew to the dig. I believe it’s a critical time in our history for the general public to understand the process of science. In the case of an archaeological site, there’s a big step from the discovery phase to the display of findings in a museum. With an active community like Vero Beach, people are able to connect with the ‘in between phase’ and see just how painstaking and time-consuming science is. Whether it’s an archaeological site, an observatory, or a chemistry lab, it should be the role of both scientists and the community to be engaged and build a cooperative enterprise."