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date: 26 July 2021

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

There are many to acknowledge in a volume as large and comprehensive as this, beginning with the 61 other contributing authors. They complied with my scheduling, formatting, and content demands during the two and a half years that this book was in preparation, and I appreciate their diligence and staying power. I also wish to acknowledge Stefan Vranka at Oxford University Press, who commissioned this volume and saw it through to completion with the patience of Job. He, Sarah Pirovitz, and Brian Hurley at Oxford facilitated and prodded in equal measure, and I thank them for their invaluable assistance.

Of course, this book would not be possible without public support, primarily in the form of the universities, colleges, firms, institutes, museums, and state or provincial and federal agencies that employ the authors of this volume or that obtain funds to conduct archaeological research through grants and contracts as required by public laws. In addition, public interest in archaeology—and for learned understandings of history generally—is the real moral support without which the necessary laws and funds would evaporate. For instance, at the national and state levels, my own research and preservation efforts have been supported, facilitated, or promoted by the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Archaeological Conservancy, Archaeological Institute of America, National Geographic Society, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Museum, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Illinois Humanities Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Universities of Illinois, Buffalo, and Oklahoma. Graduate crew members, undergraduate field school students, and volunteers have shared in much of this work. I am most grateful to all. (p. x)