The Plymouth Colony Archive Project

Remembering Jim

By Adrian Praetzellis

Prof. Deetz in 1968 interview

He gave you all his attention, regardless of how important or unimportant you thought you were.

He just about singlehandedly saved historical archaeology from the number crunchers and artifact wigglers.

He would rather be wrong and thought-provoking than right and prosaic.

He was loved by his students, many of whom became his friends.

He gently showed by example that historical archaeology is all about people.

By Adrian Praetzellis, November 27, 2000 (on Histarch)


A memorial fund has been established in Jim's honor to further promote the efforts of the Plimoth Plantation Living History Museum. Donations may be sent to:

James F. Deetz Fund
Plimoth Plantation
P.O. Box 1620
Plymouth, MA USA 02362

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