Christina Elson

Christina was always fascinated by archaeology because it combined her love of history with her interest in world cultures. After high school, she left her hometown in Virginia to go to college in Mexico. There, she learned Spanish, took classes in archaeology, and went on her first digs. She returned to the U.S., went to graduate school, and today she's an archaeologist whose expertise is the ancient cultures of Mexico.

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia
Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Job: Curatorial Associate of the Anthropology Division at the American Museum of Natural History
Known for: her studies of the ancient Aztec and Zapotec cultures of Mesoamerica

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; Christina Elson: courtesy of AMNH.