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Army veteran Ricky Nelson is heading to the south-central Andes in Peru on May 21 to study the ancient Chanka people of the region.
Nelson, 26, of Mesa, Ariz., is scheduled to be there for 11 weeks doing what he loves, participating in a dig as a future full-fledged archaeologist.
A junior in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, he credits his discovery of the field of archaeology, first as a student at Mesa Community College, with not just enriching his life – but saving it. Read more.