The Life and Work of W. B. Nickerson (1865-1926): Scientific Archaeology in Central North America (Mercury)

The Life and Work of W. B. Nickerson (1865-1926): Scientific Archaeology in Central North America (Mercury)

By: Ian Dyck (author)Paperback

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eng-CADuring his spare time, William Baker Nickerson investigated sites from New England to the Midwest and into the Canadian Prairies. In the course of exploration, he created an elegant and detailed record of discoveries and developed methods which later archaeologists recognized as being ahead of their time. By middle age, he was en route to becoming a professional contract archaeologist. However, after a very good start, during World War I archaeological commissions disappeared and failed to recover for many years afterward. Consequently, in spite of heroic efforts, Nickerson was unable to restore his scientific career and died in obscurity. His life story spans the transition of North American archaeology from museums and historical societies to universities, throwing light on a phase of history that is little known.

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Ian Dyck worked as archaeologist, curator and program manager at the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History (now Royal Saskatchewan Museum) and later at the National Museum of Man (subsequently Canadian Museum of Civilization, now Canadian Museum of History) until his retirement in 2010.


Abstract (v) Resume (vi) Acknowledgements (xvii) Introduction (1) PART I A Life in Archaeology Chapter 1 Family Background and Education (11) Chapter 2 Archaeology and its Intellectual Context, 1790 to 1890 (23) Chapter 3 Field Work in Illinois and Ohio, 1884-1885 (43) Chapter 4 Life in Michigan with a Little Archaeology, 1886-1893 (59) Chapter 5 First Five Years in Northwestern Illinois, 1893-1898 (75) Chapter 6 Second Stretch in Northwest Illinois, 1898-1902 (95) Chapter 7 Life in Chicago, 1902-1909 (115) Chapter 8 Life in Kidder, 1909-1912 (147) Chapter 9 Dreams of Full-Time Archaeology, 1912-1913 (163) Chapter 10 Two Commissions and an Old Obligation, 1913-1914 (187) Chapter 11 Sourisford and Snowflake, 1914-1915 (209) Chapter 12 Valleys of the Assiniboine, Little Saskatchewan, and Whitemud Rivers, 1915-1916 (225) Chapter 13 Cambria Village and Judson Mound, 1916-1917 (241) Chapter 14 One Career Ends, the Other Fades, 1917-1922 (257) Chapter 15 It Was Always Archaeology (267) Epilogue (275) Conclusion (281) PART II Appendices-Reports from the Field Appendix 1 Nickerson's Summary of Explorations in Northwest Illinois to September 1898 (293) Appendix 2 Summary of Nickerson's Archaeology, 1893-1902 (297) Appendix 3 Letter Reports for the 1912 Manitoba Survey (303) Appendix 4 Nickerson's Letter Reports for 1913 Excavations, Jones Village Site, Cambria, Minnesota (319) Appendix 5 Nickerson's Letter Reports for 1913. Investigations at Sourisford, including the End-of-Season Summary Report (323) Appendix 6: Nickerson's Special Report on 1914 Archaeology (329) Appendix 7: Nickerson's Summary of 1914 Investigations for the GSC Annual Report (331) Appendix 8 Progress Reports on Minnesota Archaeology, 1916 (333) Appendix 9 Nickerson's Analysis of Expenditures for September and October 1916 (341) Appendix 10 Nickerson's Answers to Libby's Questions about North Antler Creek Sites (343) Bibliography (347) Index (367)

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  • ISBN13: 9780776623887
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 396
  • ID: 9780776623887
  • weight: 771
  • ISBN10: 0776623885

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