Carolyn Dillian presents a lecture examining the life and career of Charles Conrad Abbott across the transition in archaeology from an amateur hobby to professional science through the lens of debate about human evolution in the 19th century. The lecture pulls together various strands of knowledge and research from the late 19th century about the origins of humans in the New World. Throughout the late 1800s, debates erupted about the credibility of Abbott's work due to contradictory beliefs from William Henry Holmes. Abbott was a prolific writer, leaving behind personal diaries covering much of his adult life, as well as extensive correspondence and published works that document the rise and fall of his career. Abbott's story is one of a developing understanding of human evolution and the professionalization of a discipline. This presentation will touch on these elements of the Abbott’s work and provide a unique insight into the life and legacy of a publicly discredited 19th century archaeologist.
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Dillian, Carolyn, "Misadventures in Archaeology: Charles Conrad Abbott and the Evolution of a Discipline" (2020). HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecture Series. 24.