Lewis R. Binford, one of the most influential anthropological archaeologists of the twentieth century, is best known as the pioneer of "New Archaeology." He helped establish the field of ethnoarchaeology in the 1960s, arguing that an understanding of the archaeological record is only possible through an understanding of the process and cultural context under which it was formed. Binford has authored or edited nine books, including An Archeological Perspective, Bones: Ancient Men & Modern Myths, In Pursuit of the Past: Decoding the Archeological Record, Working at Archeology, and, most recently, Constructing Frames of Reference. He is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Southern Methodist University.|
This lecture was made possible in part by the generosity of F. Wendell Miller, who left his entire estate jointly to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Mr. Miller, who died in 1995 at age 97, was born in Altoona, Illinois, grew up in Rockwell City, graduated from Grinnell College and Harvard Law School and practiced law in Des Moines and Chicago before returning to Rockwell City to manage his family's farm holdings and to practice law. His will helped to establish the F. Wendell Miller Trust, the annual earnings on which, in part, helped to support this activity.
- Interdisciplinary Scholars for Anthropology
- LAS Miller Lecture Funds
- Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB)