Conversations With Lew Binford: Drafting the New Archaeology by Paula L. W. Sabloff

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He did not know how to drive. So I was White's driver; I drove him back and forth between Ann Arbor and took him everywhere in Chicago at the Darwin Centennial. What did they do for the Darwin Centennial? Oh, my God. For the centennial, Chicago brought every person ever heard of including Darwin's offspring, [Thomas] Huxley, et * See Sol Tax (editor), Evolution after Darwin: The University of Chicago Centennial (1960) for the papers presented during the centennial celebration. Page 10 cetera, and anybody who was doing basic research that could in any sense be said to be a derivative of Darwin's ideasso it was all on the evolution of modern man.

So my reading of Steward. . Steward's anthology [Theory of Culture Change] came out in the '50s [1955]. It was not something that was available when I was a beginning student. I read it and discussed it during the time that I was a graduate student, I guess. He was at University of Illinois-Urbana. When his book came out, Leslie was all over it. We all had to read it, but we read it in the context of Whites criticism. That really turned me onWhites criticism, verbally in class and otherwise, of Stewardbecause it was really the first time I saw anyone in anthropology talking about how to do science.

He started this as a program out of Chicago in about 1928 with the experimental fieldwork in the upper Illinois Valley'27 to '28. They learned an awful lot about how to dig. Almost all of the people who later ran the WPA projects* were trained by Cole in the '20s. So Cole's techniques became the standard for good archaeology during the WPA [era]. Some really incredible worklike that done by Madeline Kneberg, and [David] DeJarnette's excavations in Alabama, which are still superbwere done in terms of standards that were being discussed and pioneered by Fay-Cooper Cole in the Upper Valley in the '20s.

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