Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Myriam Álvarez, I’m archaeologist and I work at the end of the world: Ushuaia. My job consists in investigating about how people lived in the past by studying their daily remains. I’m interested in explaining why societies change, how they manage the environment resources and what different uses tools had.
Suggest us a book and a divulgative website
One about mathematics: Matmática, ¿estás ahí? By Adrián Paenza (Singlo XI editores) (translation title: Mathematics, are you there?)
And the website, about palaeontology: www.grupopaleo.com.ar
Suggest us a museum or a divulgation centre
Museo Etnográfico de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires).
Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (Trelew, Argentina)
Mary King´s Close (Edimburgh)
I decided to become a scientist because I loved working out enigmas, understand why things work, and specially, understand human societies dynamic.
Something I love about doing archaeology is that it’s a profession that requires you to solve problems by linking different data, like pieces from a puzzle and with the application of different techniques. Is a very funny thing trying to work out what people did without the possibility of asking directly, but yes with the objects they used.
Between my books there is always space for... Julio Cortázar.
My favourite place to get lost is... the Patagonian forest.
I love... dancing. You can show your feelings without using words.
A journey I really enjoyed was... visiting the Iguazú waterfalls.
A especial city... St. Petersburg.
A small wonderful thing that we have near but it is possible we ignore is... The Born district in Barcelona, its streets, its shop windows and the facades.