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Matthew Hill

Born into a conventional middle class Seattle family, I got into Anthro
because it was raining outside and have been here ever since. B.A.,
Washington in the epi-boasian era,  1 year at Utah.  M.A., Washington
State. At Utah I was both exposed convincingly to White and discovered
that I am no ethnographer, thus became a Cultural Anthropologist, sub
species archaeologist. At Southern Illinois, in the Taylor era, I
meso-americanized until I realized I couldn't critically keep up with
the literature and decided to be the MacNeish of West Africa, I planned
the equivalent of the Tehuacan Project for the Fouta Djallon, but for
personal and geo-political reasons, did Ph.D. research in Sierra
Leone.  After a salvage survey in Cote d'Ivoire I turned north and in
70s and 80s had three seasons in The Gambia. In between, local historic
archaeology to provide student opportunities.

Neuro-muscular problems have kept me out of the field since the mid
80s, and a good thing too because it means that with a little luck I
will retire with everything written up.  Then, I move to British
Columbia, carry on with Gambian ethnohistory and study vernacular
architecture.  Waterloo was a stop-gap (thanks Mike S. for offer at
Purdue but Indiana seemed too much like Illinois) and next month I get
my 25 year Seiko.  3 kids (2 off the rack, 1 custom) range 15-30.
Hobbies: Food (creation- consumption), Creative fermentation,
Architecture, Internet. Red SAAB 

Matthew Hill Anthropology Dept. U.  Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

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