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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 usual historical past, director of the Glen Canyon salvage
team and such recognized excavations as threat, Hogup, and Cowboy caves, Jesse Jennings is a legend within the archaeological occupation. Opinionated, rough-edged, direct, and insightful, Jennings takes readers from his early life in New Mexico, Baptist university, via graduate institution on the collage of Chicago within the '30s, early expert postings within the Southeast, the struggle 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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I have attempted to hold boasting to a minimum, trying always for matter-off-act reporting of what I remember. I should perhaps say that this task was far more difficult than I had expected. For example, one cannot be fully candid, although I have tried to be. Another interesting result of this effort has been to discover that by being more or less honest with myself I have learned far more about myself than I really needed to know. In order to begin the story of one's life, something about an individual's childhood should be set out.

The service was in a huge white tent which was breathlessly hot in the July or August weather; I there absorbed snippets of gospel and heard a great deal about wickedness, sin, and the devil as well as God's wrath. Sunday preached of heaven and hell and salvation; he climbed on the pulpit and challenged Satan to wrestle him; he exhorted the faithful to more piety and, wringing wet with perspiration, shed his coat and necktie toward the end of the sermon. He urged sinners to mend their ways and to embrace the opportunity to serve the Lord with him.

Close to the center of town, just east of the Santa Fe River, there was an entire vacant city block, covered with cinders, set aside for camping travelers. Today there is a fine motel on the spot; in the '30s there was a tourist camp called Or- Page 10 chard Camp. Apparently tourists have always stayed at that place in the city. Our camp was near the lone water hydrant, but at some distance from the public toilets that were not often cleaned. The river, so close to camp, was running very low in late July/early August and it so fascinated me (it was the first river I had ever waded in) that on the first day I undertook to dam it.

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