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J. Desmond Clark: An Archaeologist at Work in African Prehistory and Early Human Studies: Teamwork and Insight

Interviewee(s):
Clark, J. Desmond
Interviewer(s):
Troy, Timothy
Title:
J. Desmond Clark: An Archaeologist at Work in African Prehistory and Early Human Studies: Teamwork and Insight
Abstract:
Education in England, Cambridge; pre-war work in Africa, Rhodes-Livingstone Museum history, museum collections, infrastructure; conversation with Betty Clark about family and the museum in wartime; WW II in Somaliland, Yavello, Gondar campaign, ancecdotes; 1947 Pan-African Congress and subsequent congresses; work on patterns of movement, Nachikufu, Kalambo Falls, the winter schools; research work of the sixties, iron and copper smelting, Louis Leakey stories, friendship with Glynn Isaac; developing a "whole picture" approach, tools, foods, hunting; work in Syria, Nyasaland, Malawi; mounting and staffing expeditions, training African students; Ethiopia in the seventies, Porc Epic Cave, Gadeb, the Sudan, political issues; India, G.R. Sharma, Son River valley, research logistics; China's Nihewan Basin; UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology faculty, professional association, research facilities, students and colleagues. Includes dialogues and monologues created in 2001-2002 with colleagues Andrew Smith, Garniss Curtis, Charles Keller, Timothy White, Hiro Kurashina, Martin Williams, Donald Adamson, Steve Brandt, Merrick Posnansky, Robert Blumenschine, and Jack Harris.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
2000 2001
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b11321174
Rights:
Clark, J. Desmond. "J. Desmond Clark: An Archaeologist at Work in African Prehistory and Early Human Studies: Teamwork and Insight." Interview by Timothy Troy in 2000 and 2001. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2002.