New PDF release: Accidental archaeologist: memoirs of Jesse D. Jennings

By Jesse David Jennings

ISBN-10: 0874804523

ISBN-13: 9780874804522

Few archaeologists have had as nice an effect on American archaeology as Jesse Jennings. A founding father of nice Basin archaeology, professor of anthropology for greater than 40 years, founder and director of the Utah Museum of average heritage, director of the Glen Canyon salvage
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team and such recognized excavations as hazard, Hogup, and Cowboy caves, Jesse Jennings is a legend within the archaeological career. Opinionated, rough-edged, direct, and insightful, Jennings takes readers from his adolescence in New Mexico, Baptist collage, via graduate institution on the college of Chicago within the '30s, early specialist postings within the Southeast, the battle years, paintings at the plains, Kaminaljuyu in Guatemala, and directly to his long tenure and influential paintings on the collage of Utah as archaeologist and mentor. Jennings concludes his memoirs with a glance on the present perform of archaeology.

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In 1957, an archaeological report that discussed in detail excavation strategy, procedures, mistakes, and the excavator's evolving understanding of the deposits, that reported systematically and in detail not only the artifacts but also such unimpressive scraps as twigs, leaves, seeds, chaff, bones, and even human feces, and that integrated those data within a broad chronological/regional/ecological/ethnographic context was a marvelous novelty. Danger Cave did all that; and, as a result, the ideas that emerged from Jennings's laboring (inductively, be it noted) through his mountain of excavated and comparative data were taken very seriously by the archaeological profession.

Archaeology without Theory: An Innocent at Work 263 Appendix I. The Learning Process 287 Appendix II. Résumé 297 Index 303 Page ix Foreword JESSE D. JENNINGS is one of the most distinguished and influential founders of North American archaeology as it is known and practiced today, and this memoir offers a glimpse of the field's crucial growth period as reflected in the real-life experience of a leading protagonist. Jennings arrived at the University of Chicago in 1929 with a bachelor's degree from a small and now long-defunct Baptist college in Hot Springs, New Mexico.

Outside the Ordinary 245 15. Retirement 253 16. Retrospect 257 17. Archaeology without Theory: An Innocent at Work 263 Appendix I. The Learning Process 287 Appendix II. Résumé 297 Index 303 Page ix Foreword JESSE D. JENNINGS is one of the most distinguished and influential founders of North American archaeology as it is known and practiced today, and this memoir offers a glimpse of the field's crucial growth period as reflected in the real-life experience of a leading protagonist. Jennings arrived at the University of Chicago in 1929 with a bachelor's degree from a small and now long-defunct Baptist college in Hot Springs, New Mexico.

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