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Although history and the outdoors, including hiking in the mountains and deserts,  is Ari Drummond’s greatest joy, he hadn’t realized he wanted to be an archaeologist until he was 23 and was nearly finished with a totally unrelated college degree. He pinpoints his decision to be an archaeologist to a single day: Having been traveling overseas for a while and wandering around Izmir, Turkey,  a museum of archaeology caught his eye. The halls of the museum contained an impressive collection of ancient Greek artifacts, ancient statues, vases, stone carvings, and even long-buried sarcophaguses (coffins). The archaeologist’s job would be  to pull centuries-old objects like those out of the ground, and seemed like something he might like to try. By chance, he struck up a conversation with a Mr. Yilmaz, an archaeologist and one of the museum’s curators. They got along  very good; so good in fact that Mr. Yilmaz invited him to lunch next day.  He suggested that he study archaeology during lunch.
Ari followed through. It happens that Indiana Jones movies were the rage at the time. To Ari, Indiana Jones was a role model. The films portrayed the archaeologist’s routine with surprising accuracy.  Ari was an avid fan of Indiana Jones’ movies. Snakes, especially rattlers, are often an issue in wilderness areas where Ari works. Other dangers include spiders, bears, and stumbling upon back country drug-growing  areas while he is out on a survey perils such as those don’t deter him. The search for evidence of ancient humans totally  will totally devour his entire mind and body. Managing an active dig site, he says, is like keeping multiple plates spinning all at once. (#11) He spends most of the time tirelessly digging into the earth and getting completely  filthy, but there are not frequent discoveries of arrowheads or other objects.
For Ari, there’s nothing so thrilling as reaching into the dirt and picking up varieties of stone tools or weapons that human hands have not touched for 800 years or  more. Such artifacts link him instantly to those ancient people who left them there so long ago. In fact, finding an arrowhead once led Ari to discover a previously unknown Shoshone Indian village in Utah.
Archaeologists dig excruciatingly  slowly. They engage in a methodical process of shaving the ground just a few centimeters at a time so the soil and the artifacts can tell us the story of the past. It’s a destructive science, really, because once the earth is disturbed, it can never be returned exactly as it had been.
6. For the sake of paragraph cohesion, which choice is the most effective substitute for the underlined sentence?
11. For the sake of cohesion, which choice most effectively combines the sentences in the underlined portions?
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