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Archaeology of Eastern North America: Papers in Honor of Stephen Williams, edited by James B. Stoltman. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Archaeological Report No. 25, Jackson, MS, 1993

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Andrew L. Christenson

Prescott, Arizona, US
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This well-produced volume honors Stephen Williams, recently retired Peabody Professor of American Archaeology at Harvard University.

Section one, on Williams' life, career, and publications, is of most interest to readers of BHA. Chapter 1, by James B. Griffin details Williams' career in teaching, in museum management, and southeastern archaeology and ethnohistory. Williams served as chairman of at least 25 doctoral committees and is credited with chairing more women's committees than any other Harvard archaeologist (Claassen 1994:7).

Except for mention of his recent book, Fantastic Archaeology, neither this chapter or any other provides information on Williams' interest in and contributions to the history of archaeology.

Chapter 2 provides his twin brother, Philip's, perception of their early life together and divergence once they reached college. Philip seems to have had the initial interest in archaeology and both brothers went to Lloyd Wilford's 1947 summer field school in Minnesota, but Philip ended up in business while Stephen went on in archaeology.
How to Cite: Christenson, A.L., (1995). Archaeology of Eastern North America: Papers in Honor of Stephen Williams, edited by James B. Stoltman. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Archaeological Report No. 25, Jackson, MS, 1993. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology. 5(1), pp.17–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/bha.05108
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