By Anna Marie Prentiss
In Field Seasons, Anna Marie Prentiss chronicles her reviews as an archaeologist, supplying an insider’s examine the varied cultures, own agendas, and profession pathways linked to American archaeology because the past due 20th century. because the narrative strikes from her educational education to employment in executive and personal consulting to her eventual professorship at a kingdom college, numerous subject matters emerge.
This booklet is ready occupation paths. Its dialogue of the varied jobs in the archaeological career makes it precious to scholars looking information approximately their profession suggestions. It additionally offers perception into the cultures of yank archaeology, a self-discipline with many colleges of inspiration and certain subcultures. the area of archaeological box technicians is kind of diverse from that of presidency bureaucrats or lecturers. Prentiss additionally explores the weather of cultural swap inside archaeology whereas she displays on her own evolution all through her thirty years in the discipline.
The book’s targeted own evaluate of the country of yankee archaeology will entice a large swath of scholars and pros. scholars will locate it an wonderful highway map to attainable careers whereas execs will locate lots of scholarly fabric relating ethics, archaeological idea, and interpretations of the archaeological list.
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There were layers of snail shells, followed by piles of clams and mussels cemented together in hard layers by geochemical processes. Deep in the mound were fiber-tempered ceramic sherds, representing America’s earliest-dating pottery tradition. Sherds found near the top were probably made by Timucuan peoples who no longer exist today. We celebrated the end of the project with a crab feast in a Palatka park near the St. Johns River. With three dozen blue crabs purchased by our benevolent boss, no one went hungry.
2. Reconstructed pithouse showing architecture (Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, Kamloops, British Columbia). nology by working with Professor Hayden. There were thousands of stone artifacts waiting to be studied, resulting from the first two years of excavations at the Keatley Creek site. As is typical of archaeological lab research, our job was to analyze the artifacts bag by bag. Some came from excavations of ancient living floors; others, from trash dumps. All contained dozens to hundreds of items.
Binford, by force of his intellect and personality, had transformed archaeology from an enterprise interested in describing things to one contributing to the big questions regarding the evolution and organization of human societies. He had also succeeded in forcing archaeologists to be explicit regarding their research questions, assumptions, and methods. After the mid-1960s, when it came to obtaining major research funding or publishing major works, it was not enough to just be a famous archaeologist; you had to justify your research design.