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Adolph Bandelier

AKA Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier

Born: 6-Aug-1840
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: 18-Mar-1914
Location of death: Seville, Spain
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Anthropologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Native cultures of the American southwest

Nineteenth-century anthropologist, historian, and archaeologist Adolph Bandelier studied the ancient cultures of indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. He worked in his father's bank, reading about archeology in his spare time, until he was forty years old, and after eighteen months visiting 166 mesas and abandoned villages on a grant from the Archaeological Institute of America, he famously wrote in his journal, "I am dirty, ragged, and sunburnt, but of best cheer. My life's work has at last begun." He is the namesake of the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, a treasure trove of prehistoric Pueblo homes.

Wife: Josephine Bandelier ("Joe")

    University: Geology, University of Berne

    Archaeological Institute of America
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Swiss Ancestry

Author of books:
Report on the Ruins of the Pueblo of Pecos (1881)
Report of an ArchŠological Tour in Mexico in 1881 (1884)
Final Report of Investigations among the Indians of the Southwestern United States, Carried on Mainly in the Years from 1880 to 1885 (1890)
The Delight Makers (1890)
An Outline of the Documentary History of the Zuni Tribe (1892)
The Gilded Man (El Dorado) and Other Pictures of the Spanish occupancy of America (1893)
An Archaeological Reconnoissance into Mexico (1894)
The Islands of Titicaca and Koati (1910)
Indians of the Rio Grande Valley (1937, posthumous; with Edgar L Hewett)


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