Having started out pursuing an education in physics, Cowgill shares his experience of how he retooled himself as an archaeologist. Having never strayed from the dual path of math and archaeology, he considers why and how the discipline needs statistics. Ultimately Cowgill reflects upon his multi-faceted interests and proves himself equally and adeptly versatile in negotiating debates in the scientific or the humanistic questions of archaeology – as exemplified in his work at the great site of Teotihuacán in the basin of Mexico.