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By Alice Beck Kehoe, Mary Beth Emmerichs

ISBN-10: 0585164320

ISBN-13: 9780585164328

ISBN-10: 0826319394

ISBN-13: 9780826319395

Those twelve essays concentrate on the fight to professionalize Americanist archaeology within the 19th and 20th centuries. managed by means of antiquarian and aristocratic creditors within the mid-nineteenth century, the sphere handed into the arms of pros training a full-fledged archaeological technological know-how via the early 20th century. The authors deal either with mainstreams in archaeological inspiration, professionalization, and technological know-how and with the connection of archaeology to American society and tradition. in the course of the developmental struggles, robust males and associations marginalized girls, ethnic minorities, the reduce and center sessions, and practitioners with the inaccurate pedigree, and blocked examine agendas that diverged from the norm. as well as Kehoe, participants comprise Elin D. Danien, Donald McVicker, Neil Asher Silberman, Lawrence G. Desmond, William G. Dever, Stephen L. Dyson, James W. Halporn, Mary Ann Levine, Susan J. Bender, Don D. Fowler, and Jonathon E. Reyman.

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Holistic context was dismissed as an amateurish inability to achieve scientific acuity (Hinsley 1983:6568). , the Bureau of American Ethnology, Field Museum, and School of American Research in New Mexico). Publication of research occurred through these institutions' monograph series, subject to the editorial judgment of respective staffs. Legitimation followed the general arguments for professional science: that training in the scientific method honed intellectual powers, and that scientific knowledge could be transmuted into reliable civic guidance (Kevles 1988:111).

With this background, Gilman's concept of archaeology was exclusively Classical. The archaeology of America was Page 5 subsumed into natural history, a categorization in part fostered by German romanticism about American Indian ''children of nature" (Kohlstedt 1995:106). Debate over democratic science versus professionalization ran parallel to debate over archaeological research in America versus collecting Classical, or even prehistoric European antiquities for America. Curtis Hinsley (1985:5355) describes the second annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in 1880, presided over by Charles Eliot Norton, professor of art history at Harvard University as follows: the "Boston gentlemen" of the AIA had invited John Wesley Powell, director of the new Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology, to speak.

MARY BETH EMMERICHS UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SHEBOYGAN Page 1 INTRODUCTION Alice B. Kehoe The 1987 conference "Explaining Archaeology's Past: The Method and Theory of the History of Archaeology" convened by Andrew Christenson (Christenson 1989) catalyzed a surprising range of scholars and quickly spawned an informal committee, the organization of sessions at national meetings, and under the editorial enthusiasm of Douglas R. Givens, a Bulletin of the History of Archaeology. Two of the sessions directly inspired by the 1987 conference produced the papers published in this book.

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