As a kid, Marc Primelo ’17 (music, archaeology) dreamed of becoming a Navy Seal. Today, he envisions an aquatic profession of a very different sort—a career in underwater archaeology. Marc discusses his fieldwork in at a Grecian dig site and more.
Clubs and organizations:
Infernos a cappella group, College Choir, Dickinson College Safety Shuttle, College Residence Life & Housing, WDCV-FM and Tunnel Snakes.
2016-17 Emil R. and Tamar Weiss Prize in the Creative Arts [awarded annually to a student who produces a major artistic work during his or her senior year].
The Complete Chronicles of Conan by Robert E. Howard.
Muppet Treasure Island.
On choosing Dickinson:
Dickinson's programs fit everything I wanted in my undergraduate experience.
Favorite place on campus:
The Morgan Field plateau.
Favorite Dining Hall food:
On choosing a major:
I've always been interested in history and research, so archaeology appealed to me. Music is a passion of mine, and I couldn't pass up on the amazing staff and opportunities available through Dickinson's music department.
Favorite learning experience:
Participating in the fieldwork at Mycenae with [Associate] Professor [of Archaeology; Christopher Roberts Chair in Archaeology Christofilis] Maggidis and my peers. It was my favorite experience through Dickinson thus far.
Most important thing I’ve learned so far:
Every task is fruitful if done well.
I study the West African griot music traditions, and play the kora (mandinka harp).
I hope to begin working as an underwater archaeologist, likely in Eastern Europe, with hopes of contributing meaningful research to the scientific community.
As a kid, I wanted to be …
… a Navy Seal.
Proudest accomplishment so far:
Player's Player Sportsmanship Award, from my high school swim team.
If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …
… Genghis Khan.
The FQ think-tank group. They have taught me so much about how to live a complete life, and I am proud to be among their ranks.
In a perfect world …
… strength would be unnecessary.
I am attempting to recreate the epigonion harp. Ancient music has always been a field of interest for me; it fascinates me how much context-specific aspects of a culture can reveal about that people and that time.
Published October 12, 2016