A White-Bearded Plainsman

The Memoirs of Archaeologist W. Raymond Wood

W. Raymond Wood played a leading role in the early days of Great Plains archaeology. In A White-Bearded Plainsman, he tells how his own career emerged, as the discipline of Plains archaeology developed during the post-World War II era. Readers will learn of the childhood influences that lead Wood to pursue the path of archaeologist, and of the events and people that shaped his professional life. In addition to telling Wood’s personal story, the book provides an intellectual history of the discipline of mid-continental archaeology over the last half century. It will thus be valuable to students and scholars in the field, as it describes how the paradigms in Plains and midwestern prehistory have changed over time. To understand the discipline, one must understand the cultural and intellectual underpinnings that shaped it. Wood’s book helps map for a new generation of archaeologists from whence they’ve come, and his role in the developments along the way.

W. Raymond Wood’s long career in Great Plains archaeology began in the 1950s. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Table of Contents:
List of Figures
Foreword by Richard A. Krause
1. Early Years
2. Undergraduate Years at Nebraska
3. The Plains Conference and More
4. Graduate Years at Nebraska
5. The University of Missouri, Round One
6. Graduate School in Oregon
7. A Detour to Arkansas
8. The University of Missouri, Round Two
9. Sabbatical in Colorado
10. Return to the Dakotas, Part One
11. Along the Trail
12. Return to the Dakotas, Part Two
13. The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
14. Teaching at the University of Missouri
15. Retirement, 2002
Appendix: Résumé