Guess you don't have to be a nerd to be a world-renowned archaeologist. A Baltimore hairdresser became exactly that when she saw a bust of Roman woman at the Walters Museum in Baltimore. She was blown away by the hair-do on the bust and tried to recreate it without success.
History books told her that it was probably a wig. She didn't buy that theory and began digging deeper, even questioning the translations of certain words regarding the hair. Eventually, she proved the archaeologists wrong and discovered that the hair-do was no wig and that with needle and thread she could re-create it. The rest is history. She's famous in the annals of archaeology now. This might be worth showing to freshmen when we discuss archaeology at the beginning of the year.