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Sureyya's Journey Part 9: In the Outback

By January 9, 2013

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Way back in 2005, Sureyya Kose was a 22-year-old information technology specialist working in Australia with a real problem: all of her off hours (and some of her working hours) were spent with her nose in an archaeology book. She decided it was time to switch careers, and since then, she's been sharing her story with us in periodic, eccentric and entertaining essays.

An Office in the Pilbara
Sureyya and her fellow archaeologists prepare for a day of archaeological surveying in the Pilbara desert of Western Australia. Photo by Sureyya Kose.

In previous entries, she's described everything from the processes of the first decision to reinvent herself, through her education (including setbacks), to her life as an itinerant field worker. In Part 9, Sureyya describes what it's like to be a contract archaeologist working in the harsh landscape of the Pilbara desert of Western Australia, where, despite the snakes and enormous spiders and toxic ants and caterpillars, she loves every minute. Her next step? Well, you'll just have to read on...

Sureyya's Journey

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