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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 traditional historical past, director of the Glen Canyon salvage
team and such well-known excavations as hazard, Hogup, and Cowboy caves, Jesse Jennings is a legend within the archaeological career. Opinionated, rough-edged, direct, and insightful, Jennings takes readers from his early life in New Mexico, Baptist university, via graduate college on the college of Chicago within the '30s, early specialist 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 collage of Utah as archaeologist and mentor. Jennings concludes his memoirs with a glance on the present perform of archaeology.

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On another occasion, a troupe of traveling players came to town to present a few of the tragicomic plays so popular at the turn of the century. When the manager heard grandpa laugh, a deep, infectious belly laugh that made those around him spontaneously smile or laugh, he gave grandpa and a couple of ne'er-do-well cronies a dollar each to come to the play and laugh at the humorous parts. They came, collected their dollars, and remained mute during the comic passages, laughing uproariously at the tragic sections and especially at the death of the heroine.

This account, then, is principally about my life as I attempted to survive and perhaps to contribute something of value to the field of American archaeology. I have made no effort, except for the first twenty years, to keep the account chronological. The passage of time as such is a pretty monotonous thing at best, and to tell eighty-plus years of life experiences chronologically would be even more monotonous. I think I have learned more writing this than I expected to, because as I looked back on my actions, some of which were clearly not to my advantage at the time, I came to know a little more about myself.

Being milked was particularly resisted by both animals. What with their kicking and lunging, milking time was a lively and angry exercise until I learned to tie their hind legs tightly together at the hocks once they were firmly fixed in the stanchion on the milking platform. Tensions eventually eased, although the goats never enjoyed being milked. I finally came to enjoy the goats' companionship. The milk did not improve my mother's condition, however. Finally, after the doctors insisted that the family relocate in the high, thin air of the West there was, presumably, a period of search for the proper location and probably for employment.

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