What is “A WORLD BENEATH” all about?

July 30, 2021

Archaeologists? You mean the people that dig up dinosaur bones? Before getting the incredible opportunity to speak with the crew for “A World Beneath,” I had absolutely no idea what archaeologists really did. It wasn’t something that I sought out to understand in the first place, because I had a misconstrued understanding of what archaeology […]

Archaeologists? You mean the people that dig up dinosaur bones?

Before getting the incredible opportunity to speak with the crew for “A World Beneath,” I had absolutely no idea what archaeologists really did. It wasn’t something that I sought out to understand in the first place, because I had a misconstrued understanding of what archaeology was. You might think that studying ancient artifacts and cultures that span back to the beginning of human civilization isn’t very interesting. Old stuff? No thanks, right? But I can assure you that if you weren’t a history nerd before, you’re about to become one.

History speaks volumes, and Dr. Matthew Lupu is here to show you just how important and how exciting archaeology ultimately is. Talking with Dr. Lupu briefly about his career and his goals for the series was enough to convince me that “A World Beneath” is going to be an absolute delight to write about. 

 

Meet Dr. Matthew Lupu! 

When Dr. Lupu isn’t traveling the world in search of history itself, you can find him working as a dentist in Florida. In fact, it wasn’t until he was already a dentist in 2014, that he discovered a passion for studying ancient languages. Enamored with the prospect of traveling and going on life-changing adventures, Dr. Lupu was adamant to go to school and get his masters in archaeology as well as a masters in Greek and Latin. 

When asking Dr. Lupu about his reasoning behind making the series, his answer honestly surprised me. I wasn’t aware that funding for classics/humanities majors such as archaeology were majorly lacking. Dr. Lupu explained that classics aren’t taken very seriously in the public eye. I mean, you’re less likely to choose a history major over an engineering major to take on a leading role. This shouldn’t be the case though. When it comes down to it, history is just as important as STEM. “We need a classics and history department, because it’s important for political or powerful figures to have these backgrounds,” Dr. Lupu told me. If the people who are leading us aren’t educated in history, then we doom ourselves to repeat mistakes we made in the past. 

That is why this series is so important. There’s so much out there that we don’t understand. There are ancient cultures that they don’t teach you about in schools, old societies that get skipped over because they’re deemed ‘unimportant.’ With “A World Beneath,” Dr. Lupu hopes to bring more of an awareness to these things in a way that’s entertaining and fun! 

 

Stay tuned for more on “A World Beneath.” 

Written by Jadin Leon

comments

  1. Very well said! Funding for arts and humanities is extremely important, and inextricably linked to the cultivation of critical thinking within a society. It is very important that archaeology and history departments stay open, and well-funded, so that we avoid departmental closures like the one happening at the University of Sheffield as we speak. The more we know about the/our past, through archaeological & historical research, the better equipped we are towards the future.
    I am very much looking forward to watching “A World Beneath”!

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