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 average historical past, director of the Glen Canyon salvage
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 adolescence in New Mexico, Baptist collage, via graduate institution on the collage of Chicago within the '30s, early expert 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 college 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 the oldest, I was expected to set the example of obedience, filial respect, and neatness for my young sister. Early on I had chores and other responsibilities which came to include tending my sister. My mother, Grace (Belle) Cruce Jennings, was a true believer in an omniscient, omnipotent, as well as a just and angry and vindictive God. Aside from the fact that my mother was fanatically religious, with a strong, unforgiving, fundamentalist Southern Baptist view of human frailty, my childhood was unremarkable.
Although fewer than today, even then there were colorfully dressed women from the nearby pueblos selling jewelry, pottery, carved objects, baskets, and many other things they had made. There was a constant colorful movement in the plaza except at siesta time, when activity was almost entirely shut down. During my exposure to the fascinating new Indian and Hispanic cultures, my father and his Alaskan partner were inspecting the forests and refining their plans. Ultimately the purchase of the timber tract fell through and there was no job, leaving the family literally adrift with no home, no job, and no prospects.
Accidental archaeologist: memoirs of Jesse D. Jennings by Jesse David Jennings