Lewis Binford

Lewis Binford has just died.  He was 81. It’s hard to imagine that there will be no fresh articles from Binford on the state of archaeology and archaeological methods.

Binford was an extremely controversial character in the debate of how best to do archaeology. I remember reading article after article by him in my Theory & Methods class, his voice would come out of the page at me like the voice of God. He wrote with such decisiveness! Say what you want about scientific/new/processual archaeology, Lewis Binford was a visionary. Archaeology will miss him.

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