Perspectives on the Origins of Americanist Archaeology.
Edited by David L. Browman and Stephen Williams.
University of Alabama Press
ISBN 0817311289, 416 pages
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Description From the Back Cover
1996, the Society for American Archaeology's Committee on the
History of Archaeology established a biennial symposium named
after Gordon R. Willey, one of the fathers of American archaeology,
to focus on the history of the discipline. This volume grew out
of the second symposium, presented at the 1998 meeting of the
Society for American Archaeology.
"Interest in the intellectual history of the field is certainly
nothing new--the first such volume appeared in 1856--but previously,
focus has been on individuals and their theories and methods,
or on various government agencies that supported, developed, or
mandated excavations in North America. This volume, however, focuses
on the roots of Americanist archaeology, including its pre-1915
European connections, and on some of the earliest work by women
archaeologists, which has been largely overlooked.
"Full of valuable insights for archaeologists and anthropologists--both
professional and amateur--into the history and development of
Americanist archaeology, New Perspectives will also inspire and
serve as a model for future research."
List of Illustrations
1. The Strait of Anian: A Pathway to the New World
2. "From Whence Came Those Aboriginal Inhabitants of America?"
3. Roots of the Walam Olum: Constantine Samuel Rafinesque and
the Intellectual Heritage of the Early Nineteenth Century
4. Toward a Science of Man: European Influences on the Archaeology
of Ephraim George Squier
5. Charles Rau: Developments in the Career of a Nineteenth-Century
6. Europe's Prehistoric Dawn Reproduced: Daniel Wilson's Magisterial
7. Maine Shell Midden Archaeology (1860-1910) and the Influence
of Adolphe von Morlot
8. Frances Eliza Babbitt and the Growth of Professionalism of
Women in Archaeology
9. Henry Chapman Mercer: Archaeologist and Cultural Historian
10. Frederic Ward Putnam: Contributions to the Development of
Archaeological Institutions and Encouragement of Women Practitioners
11. Origins of Stratigraphic Excavation in North America: The
Peabody Museum Method and the Chicago Method
12. George Grant MacCurdy: An American Pioneer of Palaeoanthropology