Bank, Andrew. Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Publisher’s Abstract:  Focusing on the crucial contributions of women researchers, Andrew Bank demonstrates that the modern school of social anthropology in South Africa was uniquely female-dominated. The book traces the personal and intellectual histories of six remarkable women (Winifred Tucker Hoernlé, Monica Hunter Wilson, Ellen Hellmann, Audrey Richards, Hilda Beemer Kuper, and Eileen Jensen Krige) through the use of a rich cocktail of new archival sources, including family photographs, private and professional correspondence, field-notes and field diaries, published and other public writings and even love letters.

Cline, Eric H. Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.

Publisher’s Abstract:  The author, an archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries, from Pompeii to Petra, Troy to the Terracotta Warriors, and Mycenae to Megiddo and Masada.

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Custred, Glenn. A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016.

Publisher’s Abstract:  A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science defends the holistic scientific approach by examining its history, which is in part a story of adventure, and its sound philosophical foundation. Custred’s book discusses how anthropology developed in the nineteenth century during what has been called the Second Scientific Revolution.

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Davies, Surekha. Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Publisher’s Abstract: Giants, cannibals and other monsters were a regular feature of Renaissance illustrated maps, inhabiting the Americas alongside other indigenous peoples. In a new approach to views of distant peoples, Surekha Davies analyzes this archive alongside prints, costume books and geographical writing. Using sources from Iberia, France, the German lands, the Low Countries, Italy and England, Davies argues that mapmakers and viewers saw these maps as careful syntheses that enabled viewers to compare different peoples. In an age when scholars, missionaries, native peoples and colonial officials debated whether New World inhabitants could—or should—be converted or enslaved, maps were uniquely suited for assessing the impact of environment on bodies and temperaments.

Kelly, Isabel T. Isabel T. Kelly’s Southern Paiute Ethnographic Field Notes, 1932–1934: Las Vegas. Edited by Catherine S. Fowler and Darla L. Garey-Sage. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2016.

Publisher’s Abstract: This publication presents the first volume (Las Vegas) of the early ethnographic field work of anthropologist Isabel T. Kelly. From 1932 to 1934, Kelly interviewed thirty Southern Paiute people from southeastern California, southern Nevada, northern Arizona, and southern Utah about “the old ways.” Her notes comprise the most extensive primary ethnographic documentation of Southern Paiute/Chemehuevi lifeways of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Fowler and Garey-Sage have now synthesized the first set of these handwritten field notes and sketches, providing organization, commentary, and illustrations to put them in context for the modern reader.

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Lozny, Ludomir R., ed. Archaeology of the Communist Era: A Political History of Archaeology of the 20th Century. Cham: Springer, 2017.

Publisher’s Abstract: This book highlights the political conditions that influenced archaeological theory and practice during the communist era worldwide, and contributes to better recognition and comprehension of the interconnection between archaeology and political pressure, especially imposed by the totalitarian communist regimes.

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Warren, Claude N. and Joan S. Schneider. Purple Hummingbird: A Biography of Elizabeth Warder Crozer Campbell. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2017.

Publisher’s Abstract: Elizabeth Campbell was an amateur archaeologist who hypothesized that prehistoric people had lived in the California deserts along the shores of late Pleistocene lakes and waterways much earlier than was then believed.  Her research ultimately revolutionized archaeological thought, forming the basis of today’s landscape archaeology.

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