I’m known by many names. “Mother,” “Nana,” “daughter,” “sister,” “cousin,” “friend,” “poet,” “author,” and “colleague,” all of which fit together to make me the whole person that I am.

Professionally, I hold a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s in archaeology and ethnohistory. As an archaeologist, I’ve spent more than 20 years studying the cultures of the world and delving into the interesting nuances of past civilizations. I’ve been a contributing author to more than 100 professional reports and journal articles. In 1998, I was awarded the Texas Historical Commission’s Award for Excellence in Archaeological Research. For four years, I served as assistant editor of the Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society. While these accomplishments speak to my professional sphere, they represent only one aspect of the multifaceted woman I truly am.

Mostly, I am a seeker, driven by an intense curiosity about Mother Earth and the many interesting people who inhabit her diverse terrain. I was always the kid who asked "why" and that hasn't changed. I continue to be fascinated by the intricacies of the past and its continuing influence on the present. But more than that, I am in awe of the creative men and women who had the ingenuity and the insight to step outside the cultural norms of their day and envision events and challenges in completely new ways. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of those creative individuals who pushed out the limits of their intellectual and cultural cosmos. Their tangible legacy can be seen in great works of art and the magnificent architecture found throughout the world, as well as in the seemingly mundane, everyday objects that have endured for centuries. Their vision is reflected in mankind’s great intellectual and enlightened strides. They bear witness to the truth of Albert Einstein’s perceptive words, “Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Linda Ellis

My study of mankind has led me down some amazing paths. It has expanded my mind and challenged me to see the world differently. I love nothing more than to confront a conventional idea or traditional way of doing things by circling around to the other side and exploring it from a novel perspective. New insights inspire me as I think and feel my way through the landscape of unexplored ideas and perceptions, delighted by each opportunity to learn something new and exciting. I hope you will join me as I explore the cultures of the world. Life is an amazing journey when you nurture your mind.