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The Marley R. Brown School of Archaeology or the Hero’s Quest in California

Author(s): Adrian C. Praetzellis ; Mary Praetzellis

Year: 2015

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Marley had a way of making a bad first impression. So it’s odd that neither Adrian nor I can remember when or where we all met. Marley followed Jim Deetz out West in the late 1970s. While Jim inspired students, Marley did battle with regulators and the under-informed from his job at Interagency Archaeological Services.  Our boss David Fredrickson probably performed the introduction. Marley knew theory like no one else and we could find our way around any archaeological site. We had a brief and productive collaboration before Marley left for Colonial Williamsburg. A reviewer of one of our reports sarcastically referred to the "Marley Brown School," where theory fused with archaeology in the regulatory context, allegedly creating an impossible and inappropriate mix that could not be reproduced elsewhere. Marley and Jim civilized the West for historical archaeology. We will try to do justice to Marley’s contribution to that story. 

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The Marley R. Brown School of Archaeology or the Hero’s Quest in California. Adrian C. Praetzellis, Mary Praetzellis. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433872)


Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 51

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America