A Concluding Perspective on the Theoretical Contributions of Kent V. Flannery

Tenets for the Next Century of U.S. Archaeology
  • Gary M. Feinman


“In the spring of 1959, as I sat taking notes in a World Prehistory course at the University of Chicago, I was startled to hear Dr. Robert Braidwood say, ‘Would Mr. Flannery please stay after class?’ My first reaction was to wonder whether I had flunked the midterm so badly that he was going to advise me to try an alternative career. Instead, luckily for me, I was invited to join the Oriental Institute expedition to Iran” (Flannery, 1982a:163).


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  • Gary M. Feinman
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe Field MuseumChicagoUSA

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