OH WAIT! This isn't Guild Wars Lore, this is real world archaeology!
Sorry to hijack your forum for a few minutes Leon!
I hope you are all doing well. I stopped by today to attend to a private message from a member of Blade and Rose, and I thought drop into my old halls of esteemed learning in the Lore Forum to see how you are all doing.
As the title of this thread illustrates in jest, I am now a real archaeologist!--well, at least an archaeologist graduate student.
Currently, I'm a researcher at a museum, specializing in Greek and Roman antiquities, and specifically in symbolism and inscriptions on Greek and Roman numismatics.
I'm also a fellow for the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and have been given a grant for my first archaeological dig! I'll also be published for the first time this fall/winter in ASOR's annual bulletin of archaeology, so if you are in an academic institution with access to ASOR's journals, look for my name sometime this fall/winter.
In a few days, I will be leaving for Israel to participate in my first real excavation at Tel Zayit. If you are a follower of archaeology, you may have heard that the oldest Hebrew abecedary was discovered there in 2005, dating to 950 BCE, challenging what we thought we knew about the timeline of literacy in the ANE. If you have two hours to kill, check it out, we are featured on the PBS Nova special "The Bible's Buried Secrets", which is available to watch online in entirety for free on PBS's website.
Believe it or not, many of the talents I fostered here at the Lore Forum, I am now using in the real life field. So, I have to say thank you to all of you for the years of great academic debate we shared.
So, feel free to drop me a private message sometime. They go right to my email, and I promise I'll respond in a timely manner. I'm glad to see you are all still dedicated to the lore of Guild Wars, keep those developers honest!
And if you ever need an inscription translated from Latin or ancient Greek, feel free to give me a call