James A. Ford and the Growth of Americanist Archaeology tells the story of Ford's role in the development of culture history, the dominant paradigm in the field from roughly 1914 to 1960. By studying Ford's life and the major part he played in the rise and fall of culture history, authors Michael J. O'Brien and R. Lee Lyman explore the underpinnings of the paradigm. To understand the state of Americanist archaeology today requires an understanding of what culture history embodies. James A. Ford and the Growth of Americanist Archaeology presents a thorough examination of the culture-history paradigm through a unique biographical approach. Students and scholars of archaeology and the history of archaeology will benefit from this work.
Michael J. O'Brien is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he is also Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Science. He is the author of numerous books, including The Prehistory of Missouri (University of Missouri Press). R. Lee Lyman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author or editor of several books, including Americanist Culture History: Fundamentals of Time, Space, and Form, The Rise and Fall of Culture History, and Prehistory of the Oregon Coast.