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By J. C. Harrington (auth.), Stanley South (eds.)

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In this specified quantity, twelve pioneers of historic archaeology supply memories of the early a part of their respective careers, circa 1920 to 1940. each one student needed to conquer quite a few biases held by way of historians and archaeologists-thus every one bankruptcy records a step within the field's march from a marginal to a mainstream self-discipline. The e-book makes for facinating analyzing for archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians of technology, and reminds us of the phrases of C.H. Fairbanks: ''what is prior is prelude; research the earlier. ''

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D. candidates in anthropology, whatever their specialty, were required to take a year-long course on the human skeleton. Our bones from the altar did not suggest the venerable Porras. When submitted to E. A. Hooton, an eminent physical anthropologist, our skeleton was pronounced to be that of a young adult European male, aged about 21 years. After measurements and observations had been taken, the bones were sent to the Navaho Indian Museum of the Franciscan Fathers at St. Michaels, Arizona, where, the last time I saw them, despite our letters and published reports, they were labeled as the remains of Father Porras.

Over the five-year span of our field operations we enjoyed the voluntary assistance of many people, among them such notables as Fred Eggan, Eric Reed, George Brainerd, Bob Burgh, Don Watson, and Anna Shepard. Most people came to visit and stayed to work, but there was no visitor nonsense about Anna. No one who enjoyed the slightest acquaintance with her would ever have accused her of taking a vacation. She reproduced all of our pottery types by every firing technique she could think of and, if I hadn't shut the electric generator off, usually by ten o'clock, I am sure she would have worked all night.

Sherds from Valencia and other Spanish potteries found at A watovi and other missions testify to the fact that the tentacles of this commerce reached up into New Mexico. A study of this highly organized and coordinated trading network presents a vastly different picture of the Spanish in the New World from that of Ponce de Leon fancifully seeking a fountain of eternal youth in Florida or De Soto stumbling lost through the swamps of Alabama and Mississippi, which is what most of us were brought up on in school.

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