Fifty Years of Southeastern Archaeology. Selected Works of John W. Griffin.

By: Griffin, Patricia C.

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Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xx + 257 pp. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: John Griffin was held in equally high esteem by archaeologists and historians. Before his death in 1993, he was urged to collect some of his original and pathbreaking writings into a volume that would trace the story of his professional life. In doing that, he created a work that documents the critical early years of historical archeology in the Southeast. This volume includes sixteen selections from Griffin's extensive publication list, which began in the 1930s. Ten of the essays relate to Florida archaeology and history, while the others cover investigations in other parts of the Southeast and the Midwest. They include an article on bison in Illinois archaeology, Griffin's first attempt to apply principles of ecology to cultural change; a report on the sleuthing that unraveled the story of Chief Osceola's grave and his mortal remains; an article on Florida archaeology entered into the Congressional Record by Senator Claude Pepper; a chapter fro Here They Once Stood, the pioneering work on Florida missions that he coauthored; and a study of Booker T. Washington's boyhood home, one of the first archaeological studies of an African-American historical site. Griffin was the first professional archaeologist employed in the state of Florida (1946). HIs frequently cited scholarship stands the test of time, and he was widely regarded as a friend, mentor, and asource of wisdom among his colleagues. As one of them, Kathleen Deagan, remarks in the foreword, this book oÓoffers the kinds of insights into both the apst and the professional that can only come from depth of experience in partnership with a continually open and curious mind.Ó

Title: Fifty Years of Southeastern Archaeology. Selected Works of John W. Griffin.

Author Name: Griffin, Patricia C.

Location Published: Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, (1996). First Edition.

Categories: Archaeology

Seller ID: 9744gcs