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REFLECTIONS ON MY LIFE IN ARCHAEOLOGY

  • Jeffrey R. Parsons (a1)

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I was born in October 1939, the oldest of three children. Dad was an agricultural economist employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Mom was a stay-at-home mother and part-time school librarian, with a vivid imagination and strong literary and historical interests, and our home was full of books. Since the 1780s, five generations of my father's family had owned and worked the same farm in western Maine, and that was where Dad was born and grew up. My mother's parents immigrated to America from Germany in 1884 and 1890; they met in Montana, worked a homestead there, and eventually became cattle ranchers in Alberta. After 1910, they took up a less rigorous life of farming in Connecticut and along the shore of Lake Cayuga in upstate New York, and it was there that Mom was born.

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Córdova, Carlos 1997 Landscape Transformation in Aztec and Spanish Colonial Texcoco, Mexico. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, Austin. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor.
Córdova, Carlos, and Parsons, Jeffrey R. 1997 Geoarchaeology of an Aztec Dispersed Village on the Texcoco Piedmont of Central Mexico. Geoarchaeology 12:177210.
Frederick, Charles 1995 Fluvial Responses to Late Quaternary Climatic Change and Land Use in Central Mexico. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, Austin. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor.
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Parsons, Jeffrey R. 1968a The Archaeological Significance of Mahamaes Cultivation on the Coast of Peru. American Antiquity 33:8085.
Parsons, Jeffrey R. 1968b An Estimate of Size and Population for Middle Horizon Tiahuanaco, Bolivia. American Antiquity 33:243245.
Parsons, Jeffrey R. 1971 Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Texcoco Region, Mexico. Memoir No. 3, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons, Jeffrey R. 2001 The Last Saltmakers of Nexquipayac, Mexico: An Archaeological Ethnography. Anthropological Paper No. 92, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons, Jeffrey R. 2006 The Last Pescadores of Chimalhuacan, Mexico: An Archaeological Ethnography. Anthropological Paper No. 96, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons, Jeffrey R. 2008 Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Northwestern Valley of Mexico: the Zumpango Region. Memoir No. 45, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons, Jeffrey R. 2009a The Pastoral Niche in Prehispanic Mesoamerica. In Food and Feasting in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Foodways Past and Present, edited by Staller, John E. and Carrasco, Michael D.. Originally presented in Spanish as El Nicho Pastoral en Mesoamérica Prehispánica: ¿Como Funcionó una Civilización sin Ganado Domesticado, in Mesoamérica: Debates y Perspectivas colloquium (2007), El Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico.
Parsons, Jeffrey R. 2009b The Regional Surveys in the Basin of Mexico, 1960–1975, and Beyond: Scope, Methodology, Strengths and Weaknesses, Past Uses of Data, Future Prospects, and Miscellaneous Thoughts. Presented at Assessing Current Understanding and Charting Future Research in Basin of Mexico Archaeology seminar (2007), San Miguel Ometusco, Mexico.
Parsons, Jeffrey R., Hastings, C., and Matos, Ramiro 1997 Rebuilding the State in Highland Peru: Herder-Cultivator Interaction during the Late Intermediate Period in the Tarama-Chinchaycocha Region. Latin American Antiquity 8:317341.
Parsons, Jeffrey R., Hastings, C., and Matos, Ramiro 2000 Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Upper Mantaro and Tarma Drainages, Junín, Peru: Vol. 1, The Tarama-Chinchaycocha Region. Memoir No. 34, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons, Jeffrey R., and Parsons, Mary 1990 Maguey Utilization in Highland Central Mexico: An Archaeological Ethnography. Anthropological Paper No. 82, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons, Jeffrey R., and Psuty, Norbert P. 1974 Agricultura de chacras hundidas en el antiguo Perú. Revista del Museo Nacional, 40:3154.
Parsons, Jeffrey R., and Psuty, N. 1975 Sunken Fields and Prehispanic Subsistence on the Peruvian Coast. American Antiquity 40:259282.
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Parsons, Mary 1972a Spindle Whorls from the Teotihuacan Valley, Mexico. In Miscellaneous Studies in Mexican Prehistory, edited by Spence, Michael W., Parsons, Jeffrey R., and Parsons, Mary, pp. 4580. Anthropological Paper No. 45, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons, Mary 1972b Figurines from the Teotihuacan Valley, Mexico. In Miscellaneous Studies in Mexican Prehistory, edited by Spence, Michael W., Parsons, Jeffrey R., and Parsons, Mary, pp. 81120. Anthropological Paper No. 45, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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