IAN W. BROWN
(UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, USA)
CURATOR OF GULF COAST ARCHAEOLOGY,
ALABAMA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Richard S. Fuller, Southeastern Archaeologist
is a tribute to a man who made a significant
contribution to the field of archaeology without
having ever earned an academic degree. In this
uniquely structured volume, over fifty
archaeologists reminisce upon Mr. Fuller's many
achievements and by doing so provide important
perspectives on the history of archaeology in
the southeastern United States. Ian W. Brown,
who worked side by side with Mr. Fuller for well
over four decades on numerous archaeological
projects in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama,
came to understand that the complexity of
character of this remarkable man is best
reflected in the subtitle of the book—"Warts and
Mr. Richard S. Fuller on the Tensas River in
Ian Brown and Rick Fuller sorting pottery from the Bottle Creek site
at the end of each day in the field.
The last photo taken of Mr. Richard S. Fuller,
a University of Alabama fan right to the very end.
Rick Fuller with Lisa Brazelton and her son Max
excavating with the University of South Alabama crew at the McInnis site
on Orange Beach/Gulf Shores in 2014
(courtesy Lisa Brazelton).
Rick Fuller on Mound Island in the mid
1990s. He was always happiest
when in the field (courtesy S. Gail Fuller).
Rick Fuller in the Gulf Coast Survey office in Smith Hall
at the Alabama Museum
of Natural History, University of Alabama in the mid 1990s.
Rick Fuller and a friend enjoying a Mobile Mardi Gras in 2013
(courtesy David Morgan).
Richard S. Fuller (1949–2020), known simply as Rick, was a native
of Mobile, Alabama.
Trained in anthropology at the University of South Alabama, he became a
who worked for U.S.A., Harvard, the University of Alabama, and a number of
Cultural Resource environmental firms,
including Coastal Environments Inc. of Baton Rouge, where he served as
their staff archaeologist.
Without ever having earned an academic degree, for reasons discussed in
Warts and All, Mr. Fuller went on
to make many significant contributions to the archaeology of Alabama,
especially to the Mobile Bay region,
and to the archaeology of Mississippi and Louisiana. Through his
conference presentations and his writings,
both published and unpublished, Mr. Fuller has had a profound effect on
southeastern U.S. archaeology.
Ian W. Brown
is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at
the University of Alabama and Emeritus Curator of Gulf Coast
Archaeology at the Alabama Museum of Natural
History. He is also a Fellow of the Society of
Antiquaries of London. Dr. Brown specializes in the
archaeology and history of Southeastern U.S. Indians
and has spent over four decades excavating sites in
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and writing
about the role of salt in North America, England,
and China. Dr. Brown was educated at Harvard College
(B.A. 1973) and Brown University (M.A. 1975, Ph.D.
1979). In the 1980s he taught at Harvard and also
served as Assistant Director of the Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology and Associate Curator
of North American Collections. He came to the
University of Alabama in 1991 and since then has
been awarded numerous teaching awards and commitment
to student awards. He has also had the honor of
being a past President of the Southeastern
Archaeological Conference (1992-94) and the
Association for Gravestone Studies (2009-13). He has
published a previous book with
University Press of the South in 2019:
Journal of an Archaeologist in the Three
Gorges of the Yangtze River in 1999.