The hemenway southwestern archaeological expedition, 1886-1889: A model of inquiry for the history of archaeology

Curtis M. Hinsley, David R. Wilcox

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Abstract

The Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition (1886-1889), led by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, was the first major archaeological expedition to the American Southwest. Cushing became ill and never finished a final report, and for more than a century his reputation has suffered accordingly. Over the past ten years the authors of the present chapter - an American cultural historian and a south western archaeologist - have unearthed the archival records of Cushing's expedition, including his original but fragmentary report, as well as diaries and field notes of the participants. The Hemenway Project is gradually publishing this multivoiced documentary history, in the hope that it will provide a model for the history of archaeology that gives immediacy to the actors and relevant, contemporary meaning to their intentions and actions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArchives, Ancestors, Practices
Subtitle of host publicationArchaeology in the Light of its History
PublisherBerghahn Books
Pages37-46
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780857450654
ISBN (Print)9781845450663
StatePublished - Jun 15 2008

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Hinsley, C. M., & Wilcox, D. R. (2008). The hemenway southwestern archaeological expedition, 1886-1889: A model of inquiry for the history of archaeology. In Archives, Ancestors, Practices: Archaeology in the Light of its History (pp. 37-46). Berghahn Books.