A Tar on La Tortuga

October 07, 2010

Konrad Antczak (Class of 2012)

Konrad Antczak (Class of 2012) was only four years old when his parents discovered a map that would lead him into an archaeological legacy. The map was of an old fort on La Tortuga Island, located in Venezuela, and after this discovery, Antczak’s parents immediately traveled to the island searching for it, bringing Antczak and his baby brother along with them. The fort itself would not be discovered for another 15 years, at which point Antczak found his calling in life.

On Oct. 5, Antczak gave a speech where he talked about growing up as the son of two archaeologists. Antczak spent a good deal of his childhood alternating between playing at the sites and “annoying” his mom and dad while they worked.

“I really didn’t know that this would become such a great part of my life in the future,” said Antczak.
However, now it seems that archaeology is Antczak’s future. He took off last spring semester so that he could accompany his parents on a couple of excavations. He is also a member of the Rollins Archaeological Students Association (RASA). Antczak said that despite the hoards of mosquitoes and other bugs and the hot sun, he still loves archaeology.

“All of these experiences are great in the end,” he said.

Antczak hopes that his experiences with excavation thus far will help him as he pursues a career in archaeology. Based on the knowledge he’s demonstrated on excavation and archaeology, it is likely that his career will indeed be a successful one.

By Julia Campbell (Class of 2014)

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