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Reflections on the United States National Museum-Gates Expeditions to the American Southwest, 1901 and 1905


American archaeology has reached a level of intellectual maturity which allows the study and analysis of its development. While most studies have stressed the growth of the discipline, few have emphasized the socio-historical context or the motivations of the individuals involved. The United States National Museum- Gates Southwest expeditions serve as a focus of these historical variables, and this report discusses community lifestyle, expedition participants, and financial agreements to clarify the organization and success of the endeavor.

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