Lewis Robert Binford, born on the 21st of November 1931,
Mother from well to do family who lost $
Dad electrician laborer Josef lewis binford
mother(Eoline Roberts Binford)
was descended from Virginia Tidewater high society,by birth no money scout learning by doing
skilled in construction laborer helped with field work later years enrolled 1948 Virinia Polytech instutte under athlete scholarship foot ball forestry biology Married Jean mock two children $ problems 1952 enrolled army GI Bill to Okinawa, where he worked with native Ryukyuan peoples.
Dischared 1954 interest anthplogy
UNC 1957 B.A.
That turned his interests to archaeology. Under
the tutelage of Joffre Coe, Binford gained valuable field
experience, read the literature, and began to question the
conceptual underpinnings of the discipline.
Armed with the belief that archaeology could and should
do far more than merely situate ancient cultures in time
and space, and keen to bring it into the mainstream of
anthropology, Binford went to the University of Michigan
for graduate work.
Influential in his education there were
White, Albert Spaulding (from whom Binford learned
analytical methods), and James Griffin, the quintessential
culture historian, dean of eastern North American archaeology, and for Binford graduate adviser and symbol of all that
was (and was wrong with) traditional archaeology (Sabloff,
1998, p. 13). Binford earned his M.A. in 1958 and Ph.D. in
1964 at Michigan, though Griffin did not last as his adviser. After teaching at Michigan for a year, Binford joined
the University of Chicago anthropology faculty in 1961.
Binford left Chicago four years later,
still brash though unbowed despite having been denied
tenure. By then, at least, he had received his Ph.D. but only after Griffin was persuaded to resign from his dissertation
committee (Binford, 1972, p. 11). It was the first overt breach of what was a long, acidic relationship.
It was at Chicago that...
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