About Benjamin Williams
Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that passion for archaeological theory.
For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling through Asia, North America, and Europe, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting that information into practical archaeological travel guides at PathsUnwritten.com.
Some travel highlights (good and bad) include:
- Sailed through the Bermuda Triangle on a fishing trawler luxury ship
- Visited ruins of 3 of the 4 oldest civilizations in the world
- Lost my passport in the Korean DMZ
- Attended a traditional Nepali wedding
- Crawled through ancient tunnels in the temple city of Delphi I later found out were the sewers
- Worked an office job in Central China
- Detained by Chinese police for unknowingly travelling to a town off-limits to foreigners
- Off-roaded in the Mongolian Steppe looking for a ruined fortress
- Caught pneumonia on the Tibetan Plateau
- Worked at a bar in Bangkok
- Unintentionally hitchhiked through Qinghai and Shaanxi Provinces
- Explored never-before-published ancient rock-cut structures in China