Lewis Binford (November 21, 1930 – April 11, 2011)

Lewis Binford died on Monday of this week. Here’s part of what the Southern Methodist University had to say about Lewis Binford.

Lewis R. Binford, SMU Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, died April 11 in Kirksville, Mo. During his 40-year career as an archaeologist, Binford transformed scientists’ approach to archaeology, earning a legacy as the “most influential archaeologist of his generation,” according to Scientific American.
Binford first gained attention in 1962 as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago when he wrote a path-breaking article in American Antiquity proposing that archaeologists abandon their emphasis on cataloguing artifacts and instead study what the artifacts revealed about prehistoric cultures. The proposition launched what is now known as “New Archaeology.”

Please read the entire piece.
It is nearly impossible to overstate Lewis Binford’s impact on every aspect of archeology.
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