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Catalog Number 101.18
Title Dena F. Dincauze papers
Date circa 1960-1966
Collection size 1 linear foot
Creator Dincauze, Dena Ferran
Administrative/Biographical History Dena Ferran Dincauze (1934-2016) was born in Boston, MA, and received her BA from Barnard College in 1956. She studied prehistoric archaeology at Cambridge University, England, and received her PhD in anthropology from Harvard University in 1967. Dincauze joined the anthropology department at UMass Amherst in 1973, where she taught until her retirement in 2001. She is considered one of the most influential archaeologists of the Northeastern United States, and was very active with professional organizations, serving as president of the Society for American Archaeology and editor of American Antiquity; she also was active in the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. She married Robert F. Dincauze in 1956, and had two children: Jacqueline and Eric.
Scope & Content This collection contains field records used by Dincauze for her Harvard University dissertation entitled "Cremation Cemeteries in Eastern Massachusetts" (1966) as well as notes on specific chapters, correspondence about her thesis, and correspondence about professional positions. The field records, mainly from Mansion Inn but also from Vincent, Watertown Arsenal and Coburn (all in Massachusetts), consist of photographs of artifacts, drawings of artifacts, maps, and specimen catalog cards.
Conditions Governing Access This collection is open for research.
Language of Material English