Herb Wright's contributions to archaeology

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Despite the fact that Herb Wright was a geologist, it can be argued that few individuals have made greater contributions to Plains and Midwestern archaeology. The necessity of Wright’s work for midcontinental archaeology is well demonstrated and is a testament to the enduring value of his interdisciplinary approach. Wright’s three main areas of contributions to archaeology were: (1) assisting in answering archaeological research questions, (2) providing the environmental context for past cultures, and (3) assisting students of archaeology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-237
Number of pages15
JournalPlains Anthropologist
Issue number247
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Wright was directly exposed to American archaeology in March 1956 when Braidwood invited him to a conference at the University of Chicago on the interpretation of non-archaeological materials from sites. The conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Wright spoke on Geology and his comments were published in 1957 in a volume edited by Walter Taylor. Midwestern archaeologists of note at the conference included John Champe (University of Nebraska), James Griffin and Volney Jones (University of Michigan), Richard MacNeish (National Museum of Canada), Paul Martin (Chicago Natural History Museum), and Paul Parmalee (Illinois State Museum).

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