J. Jefferson Reid – “Thirty Years into Yesterday: A History of Grasshopper Archaeology”
Twenty-five years ago, the University of Arizona Field School at Grasshopper ended 30 years of fieldwork initiated by Raymond H. Thompson, expanded by William A. Longacre, and concluded by me. The research potential will long outlive the directors and will never be repeated in the prehispanic archaeology of the American Southwest. This presentation highlights the unique achievements of Grasshopper research as it continues to provide a strong empirical case for testing contemporary explanations of past human behavior. A history of Grasshopper research is unique in providing a comparison of culture history, processual, and behavioral archaeology approaches to the same archaeological record.