By Jesse David Jennings
Few archaeologists have had as nice an influence 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 historical past, director of the Glen Canyon salvage
team and such recognized excavations as hazard, Hogup, and Cowboy caves, Jesse Jennings is a legend within the archaeological occupation. Opinionated, rough-edged, direct, and insightful, Jennings takes readers from his early life in New Mexico, Baptist collage, via graduate institution on the college of Chicago within the '30s, early specialist postings within the Southeast, the warfare 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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Some of Jennings's fellow students were Donald Collier, Fred Eggan, Robert Braidwood, Madeline Kneberg, James Griffin, Kalervo Oberg, Philleo Nash, Alexander Spoehr, Georg Neumann, and John Embree, to mention a few comrades who later became well known. During the 1930s and 1940s (interrupted by service as a naval officer during World War II) Jennings worked in the Midwest, Southeast, and Mississippi Valley for the WPA and National Park Service, interacting with such colleagues as Thorne Deuel, Charles Fairbanks, David DeJarnette, Stuart Neitzel, Frank Setzler, John Corbett, George Quimby, Robert Wauchope, William Webb, Gordon Willey, James Ford, Philip Phillips, and Albert Spaulding.
However, childhood, especially the first six or seven years, comprises the most important period in any life because it is then that the adult is formed, a truth that has long been established; the experience of living shapes one. The very fact of living teaches a great deal, as do precept, admonition, and the example set by those around a child. I am convinced that all those factors permanently mold everyonethoughts, reactions, even motor habits. Thus, each person is unique to the extent that no one else has had the identical experiences; therefore, it seems necessary or desirable to inflict some of my early years on those who, for whatever reason, are reading this book.
47, No. 3, pp. 483-484, 1982). Page xii Thus, a brief sketch of Jennings's academic history, offered to contextualize professionally the remarkable career that is recounted in much more human terms in the memoir that follows. The remainder of this foreword offers a few impressions of the man himself. It has to be written in the first person, because what I have to report was learned at firsthand, as Jennings's student, his employee, and ultimately his colleague. Necessarily, considering the source, these impressions stem from a later phase of Jennings's career, after he became a professor of anthropology at the University of Utah and was well established as a major figure in American archaeology.
Accidental archaeologist: memoirs of Jesse D. Jennings by Jesse David Jennings