H. Marie Wormington on archaeological excavation, 1938 (Parezo, 1993).
Wormington became the first women president of the Society for American Archaeology, 1967. She received awards from the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1970, Colorado's State Archaeologist's Award in 1977, an Honorary Doctorate from Colorado State University in 1977, and the Society of American Archaeology's Distinguished Service Award in 1983. Today we celebrate Hannah Marie Wormington, a scientist who was an indomitable foremother of archaeology to women. Wormington has always opened her field school to women, providing them the opportunities to acquire professional skills. Her dedication to working with amateur archaeologists, her ability to gather data on early man synthesizing the information into a readable text for laymen as well as scholars, has made her an important contributor to the discipline of archaeology.
Selected Works by H. M. Wormington:
1937 The Amateur Archaeologist. Minnesota Archaeologist 2(6): 1-6.
1962b A Survey of Early American Prehistory. American Scientist 50(1): 230-42.
1983 Early Man in the New World: 1970-1980. In Early Man in the New World. Richard Shutler, Jr., ed. Berkeley: Sage Publications.
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Wormington, Hannah M.
| Hannah Marie Wormington was an American
archaeologist known for her study of Paleo-Indians
in the Southwest. She contributed greatly to the body of
research of prehistoric cultures, among those were
the Fremont of Utah, and the Uncompahgre of
Colorado. She is still well regarded for her
monographs that synthesize large and complex bodies of
Wormington was born in Denver, Colorado and educated at the University of Denver, graduating with her B.A. in 1935. There she studied with E.B. Renaud, who inspired her to pursue archaeology. This pursuit took her to France to research French Paleolithic. Returning to Denver from her studies abroad, she was hired by the Denver Museum of Natural History as a staff archaeologist. In 1937, she became curator of archaeology, establishing the museum's status as an important center for Paleo-Indian research. She remained at the museum until 1968. She received her doctorate in 1954, becoming the first Harvard female Ph.D. to specialize in archaeology.
Her most significant publications were Ancient Man in North America (1939b) and Prehistoric Indians of the Southwest (1947). Both are considered classics for synthesizing the incredible amount of data on the subject of Prehistoric Indians.
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