Congratulations to Mark Agostini, a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University, on winning the Watson Smith Award.  Good writing will always be timeless.

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My friend Pat Beckett died November 20, 2020, in Las Cruces.  I first met Pat in 1995, as the sales manager for UNM Press, and then later that year at my first Pecos Conference.  When it came to Pecos I was square as a pool table and twice as green.  He helped cover my tables…

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I received an online order from a customer for a book which was listed as being available, one on hand. When I searched for it I couldn’t find it. Bugger. Going back and checking sales for the last several years I found I had actually sold the book in 2017, and failed to remove it…

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Wow!  I’ll be an exhibitor at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting here in Albuquerque, next April 10-14.  I’ll be in Booth 111, directly opposite the Silent Auction.  The 100-numbered exhibits are the first aisle on the west end of the Albuquerque Convention Center.  Just enter the Exhibit Hall and head left (west).  Exhibits…

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I recently purchased about 30 books from an archaeologist in Phoenix that I’ve done business with before, and in this lot were 5 titles from the archaeologist Watson Smith.  I’ve had some of Smith’s archaeological writings, but these were “One Man’s Archaeology”, Smith’s musings on various “short subjects”, including a 6 week tenure as acting…

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