Why Did We Do It That Way: The University of Utah Glen Canyon Project in Retrospect
Carol Condie AND I both worked on the University of Utah portion of the Glen Canyon Archeological Project--she as de facto editor of the University of Utah Anthropological Papers (though her actual title was Associate Editor) and I as a field crew member and crew chief Carol spared not the red pencil when she worked over my attempts at reporting our field results. I learned much about how to write from her-lessons I have relied on throughout my career. I'll provide my "take" on the intellectual context in which this project was developed, and on what seem to me to have been some of the assumptions that were built into it. I also want to talk about some of the organizational and methodological aspects of the research, and then close by considering a few of its deficiencies as well as its lasting contributions. My comments are based to a considerable extent on my reading of the project's published reports, but also on perusal of some of the archival materials held at the University of Utah. However, much of what I offer here is derived from my memories of discussions with Jennings and other project personnel, and from personal perspectives on why we did what we did, developed during the project and subsequently.