The surname of dr. Indrė Žigeu, a researcher at the Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology (BRIAI) of Klaipėda University (KU) and a Deputy Director at Neringa Museum has recently been announced in the dissertation competition, organised by the Lithuanian Young Scientists Union. Indrė’s dissertation “Glassware and the Culture of its Use in Klaipėda within the Context of the Baltic Sea Region (16th-19th Centuries)”, defended at KU, was among the top 11 nationwide. According to dr. I. Žigeu, this recognition required at least 10 years of consistent work!
Did you dream of becoming an archaeologist when you were small?
To be honest, for a long time I didn’t know what I wanted to become. There are children who are determined on their professional direction since the fifth form, but I didn’t know it until the eleventh form. I mean, I wanted to try everything: to be a teacher, a doctor, an interior designer. In the 11th form, it was time to start thinking about the future; the maturity exams had been gradually approaching. It was at that time that Citizenship Education lessons began, where I enjoyed exploring the Constitution, the state governance system, political theories, and I realised that, perhaps, I wanted to turn to political sciences. I was attracted to political sciences, and history, no doubt, has a lot in common.
What comes to archaeology, it wasn’t my childhood passion. Although, now when I think about it, when I was in a primary school, we used to go to the nearby pine forest with my classmates to look for gold, and when my grandparents demolished their house, it daunted to me to “dig” under the floor of the house. I found a full bag of pottery fragments then, I also found some coins, what really “hooked” me. It was very intriguing at that time but later, of course, I forgot about it.
In the later years at school, after a preliminary exploration of the direction of my desired profession, I began to analyse the study programmes offered by the universities of Lithuania to choose where I would like to continue my studies. I came to an Open Door Days event at KU and, firstly, I paid a visit to the Department of Political Sciences, and, finally, I decided to get acquainted with the history studies. By that time I have already read and knew about the possibility to study archaeology, to get acquainted with the field of underwater archaeology, which generally distinguished the studies at the History Department of KU from the study programmes offered by other universities. I was tempted by the fact, but I have to admit that, at first, studies in Klaipėda were not among my priorities. Nevertheless, it was the finger of fate that I entered KU and enrolled in the History study programme. Later, I chose the specialisation of archaeology, this is how all this started…
Are you from Klaipėda?
I was born in Klaipėda, but I graduated a secondary school and grew up in Mažeikiai. So, I can say that I came back to my home (author’s note. – is laughing).