Dean of Southwest Archaeology
This book presents the first comprehensive examination of Cummings’ life, offering readers a greater understanding of his trailblazing work. Todd Bostwick elucidates Cummings’ many intellectual and cultural contributions, investigates the controversies in which he was embroiled, and describes his battles to wrest control of Arizona archaeology from eastern institutions that had long dominated Southwest archaeology.
Cummings saw the Southwest as an American wilderness where the story of cultural development revealed by the archaeologist and anthropologist was as important as it was in Europe. Bostwick’s meticulous account of his life reflects his great reverence for the region and pays tribute to a man whose dedication, mentoring, and friendship have forever sealed his place as The Dean.
"A much needed, long overdue biography... It should have a broad audience comprising those interested int he history of archaeology and anthropology in the Southwest-- both scholar and general reader alike-- as well as those interested in the early days of university building at Utah and Arizona... An essential reference." --J. Jefferson Reid, co-author of The Archaeology of Ancient Arizona