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New Perspectives on the Origins of Americanist ArchaeologyNew 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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Book Description From the Back Cover

"In 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."

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


1. The Strait of Anian: A Pathway to the New World

2. "From Whence Came Those Aboriginal Inhabitants of America?" A.D. 1500-1800

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 German-American Archaeologist

6. Europe's Prehistoric Dawn Reproduced: Daniel Wilson's Magisterial Archaeology

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