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multiple specialities

I am incredibly torn: I know I want to be an archaeologist. However, I'm not sure if I want to be an Assyriologist or an Egyptologist! Both are such passions of mine; since I was a child, I've been almost equally obsessed with both cuneiform tablets and mummies! Both the walls of Babylon and the pyramids of Egypt! Both require a lot of work, with Egyptology requiring an incredibly amount of determination, willingness to work like crazy and for ridiculous hours, and a competetive spirit, and Assyriology demanding the same things but on a lesser basis (only, like, 1 in every 5 Egyptologist have actual careers). Is it possible to be both? Could I get, like, a Masters in Near Eastern archaeology, and a pHD in Egyptology? Or does an archaeologist have to only one subfield? 


Verily eagerly awaiting your response,


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