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By Jesse David Jennings

Few archaeologists have had as nice an effect 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 typical heritage, director of the Glen Canyon salvage
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team and such well-known excavations as probability, Hogup, and Cowboy caves, Jesse Jennings is a legend within the archaeological occupation. Opinionated, rough-edged, direct, and insightful, Jennings takes readers from his formative years in New Mexico, Baptist collage, via graduate college on the collage of Chicago within the '30s, early specialist postings within the Southeast, the conflict 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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It must have been a long, long trip, but it was continuous education for me. The high point of the trip came one afternoon at Amarillo, Texas. It was raining, which was unusual in Amarillo, then as now. After the camp was established on a farm just outside of town, my dad and I walked back into town and saw a small crowd (which we joined) gathered in front of a mercantile store. " A tall, rangy young city feller in white shirt, red tie, and wearing sleeve garters came out and followed the cowhand off the porch into the street, where they began an earnest exchange of punches.

As I explain in the first chapter, I developed a series of behaviors for dealing with other people that now seem to me to be largely a defense mechanism against my uncertainties and an awareness of my inadequacies. Page 1 One The Youthful Years On the face of it, the first decades of Jesse David Jennings's life were ordinary, typical of most children of that period. I was born on July 7, 1909, in Oklahoma City, it is said on a kitchen table because my family probably could not have afforded lying-in facilities, even had they been available in Oklahoma City two years after Oklahoma became a state.

Ayers, the lawyer, very well as an awesome, dignified figure), a bank, and two doctors. One of the doctors was habitually intoxicated. He claimed he was better at his job than his competitor. " No one ever speculated (that I knew about) how good he would have been sober; probably it was so unlikely as to deserve little speculation. Although there were only a few hundred people in town, there were at least four churches: Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, and a Baptist offshoot called Dunkard. The wealth was distributed by denomination.

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