Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran: a discussion with author Dr Linda Jacobs

a Pay what you Wish benefit for MuCCC

Dr Jacobs will be on Bob Smiths’ 1370 connection” Wed, 4/25 at 12 noon-WXXI am 1370.

In 1974, Dr. Linda Jacobs was invited to participate in an archeological dig in Iran.

Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (Kalimah Press, 2011) reveals an Iran that the West never hears about.

This book describes the practice of archaeological excavations, the history of the region, and the early civilizations that inhabited present-day Iran as well as the author’s story of selfdiscovery.
Jacobs shares with the reader her emotional journey to understand Iranian culture that felt both strange and familiar. In spite of class, culture, and language differences, she and the villagers, who hosted her, formed a friendship that has withstood the test of time, distance, and political revolution.

Dr. Jacobs will share stories and photos of her hosts when they first met in 1974 and in 2008.

In 1974, a young American archaeologist, Linda Jacobs, was invited to participate in an important dig in Iran. While there, not only did Jacobs uncover ancient treasures, but she also penetrated cultural boundaries to discover the intimate everyday life of an Iranian village, which was mysterious and unavailable to foreigners. Digging In is her emotional journey to understand a culture that felt both strange, different, and yet somehow oddly familiar and connected to her own Arab roots.

“All excavation is blind, because the archaeologist is digging into the unknown,” says Jacobs, who befriends her “pickman” and his family and becomes a part of their lives as they do hers. Separated by class, culture, and language, they find a way to form a friendship that has withstood the tests of time, distance, and political revolution. Jacobs is inspired by the courageous women she meets throughout her stay in Iran, women who are struggling against the poverty, hunger and traditions deeply embedded in their society.

“They changed the way I felt about my family, my heritage, and the world,” she tells us. Her remarkable story is filled with fascinating facts about the process of archaeology, the history of the region, and its early civilization. Join Jacobs in discovering an Iran that the West never hears about, as well as the story of her own self-discovery, which every reader can identify with.

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Linda Jacobs
Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran