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Careers In Archaeology

Complied by
A. Gwynn Henderson and Nicholas R. Laracuente
Kentucky Archaeological Survey

Below is a beginning list of sources that, like the March 2011 issue of The SAA Archaeological Record, present archaeologists writing or (in the case of the audio and video interviews, talking) about and reflecting on their careers in their own words.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but taken together, these resources can provide information to the neophyte, inspiration to the seasoned veteran, and a perspective to anyone seeking a better understanding of what makes an archaeologist an archaeologist.

Adams, William Y.
2009 Road from Frijoles Canyon: Anthropological Adventures on Four Continents. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

Berlin, Andrea
2005 Personal Snapshot: One Archaeologist’s View of A Career in Archaeology.
Archaeology Magazine 58 (No. 1 Jan-Feb):1-3.

Bird, Junius B., Margaret Bird, John Hyslop, and Gordon R. Willey
1988 Travels and Archaeology in South Chile. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City.

Coe, Michael D.
2006 Final Report: An Archaeologist Excavates His Past. Thames and Hudson, London.

Hawley, Marlin F., and Virginia A. Wulfkuhle (compilers and editors)
2006 Plains Archaeology's Past: A Collection of Personal Narratives. Plains Anthropologist 51 (No. 200) Special Issue. Earlier versions of some of these narratives were previously published in The Kansas Anthropologist (abstracts are online at http://www.katp.org/TKAarchive.pdf).

Jennings, Jesse D.
1994 Accidental Archaeologist: Memoirs of Jesse D. Jennings. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Leone, Mark P.
2010 Critical Historical Archaeology. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA.

Lister, Florence C.
1997 Pot Luck: Adventures in Archaeology. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

MacNeish, Richard S.
1978 The Science of Archaeology? Duxbury Press, North Scituate.

Nicholas George (editor)
2010 Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA.

Noel Hume, Ivor
2010 A Passion for the Past: The Odyssey of a Transatlantic Archaeologist. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, VA.

Shook, Edwin M., as told to Winifred Veronda
1998 Incidents in the Life of a Maya Archaeologist. Southwestern Academy Press, San Marino, CA.

Smith, Shelley J., Jeanne M. Moe, Kelly A. Letts, and Danielle M. Paterson
1996 Lesson 17: Archaeology As A Career. In Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher's Activity Guide for Fourth Through Seventh Grades, by Shelley J. Smith, Jeanne M. Moe, Kelly A. Letts, and Danielle M. Paterson, pp. 89-94. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Washington, D.C.

Society for California Archaeology
1997- 2006 Interviews with Archaeologists.

Torrey, Rick, Deb Hull-Walski, and Stephen Loring
2010 Video interviews with archaeologists who work in the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, about their museum careers. http://anthropology.si.edu/video_interviews.html

Wendorf, Fred, and Romuald Schild
2008 Desert Days: My Life as a Field Archaeologist. Southern Methodist University Press, Dallas

Audio interview, ‘Desert Days’: An Interview with Dr. Fred Wendorf, on The Archaeology Channel. http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/audio/wendorfint.html

Whittington, Stephen L.
1993 Museum Anthropology. Bulletin of the National Association of Student Anthropologists 9 (1):5.