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{SPEAKER name="Gordon Ekholm"}
Yeah, this is more or less I suppose the way that I'll be speaking at about this level.
{SPEAKER name="Shirley Gorenstein"}
{SPEAKER name="Gordon Ekholm"}
Just testing again, get voice level
{SPEAKER name="Shirley Gorenstein"}

{SPEAKER name="Shirley Gorenstein"}
Once more
{SPEAKER name="Gordon Ekholm"}
Just testing, see what our voice sounds like -- I think we'll be talking at about this loudness.

{SPEAKER name="Shirley Gorenstein"}
Okay. This is Shirley Gorenstein interviewing Gordon Ekholm March 30th 1971, American Museum of Natural History and I'd like to begin by asking you if you can give me a narrative of your early career as a graduate student and beginning professional.

{SPEAKER name="Gordon Ekholm"}
Well, my first interest in archaeology came was when I was undergraduate at the University of Minnesota.

I had, uh, in high school I had become extraordinarily interested in biological subjects and by the time I graduated from high school I had shifted somewhat to an interest in paleontology and when I began at the University of Minnesota I was determined that I was going to be an historical geologist or a paleontologist.

I began courses in geology but as a sophomore 1 course in anthropology - general anthropology by Albert Ernest Jenks shifted my interest entirely to archaeology.

I all of a sudden realized that I think that I was much more interested in the activities of human beings than I was in the history of uh-- of simpler animals and this was something that I could really take hold of.

I then majored in anthropology, did field work with Jenks in Minnesota one summer, then --