I sent the statement around to several anthropological and scientific news venues. The newsletter, Anthropology News, agreed to publish the statement, but they wanted to turn it into a “Letter to the editor.” I thought this was a bit odd, but agreed (since that was a condition of their acceptance of the document). The newsletter editors edited the statement down (something they said was necessary). When they removed the names of the participants from the start of the document, I assumed that they would add the names at the end as signatures for the letter. Well, that did not happen, and so a carefully-crafted group-authored statement became a shorter single-author letter to the editor.
Needless to say, I am quite upset at this turn of events. I am partly to blame for not double-checking that the other names would indeed be added to the letter as I had wanted. I have a long list of complaints about the AAA, including intellectual, professional, and bureaucratic issues, so I guess my list has just gotten a little longer.
If you are curious about our statement, I’ve posted it on my web site.
The signers are:
Robert D. Drennan (
Timothy Earle (Northwestern University)
Gary M. Feinman (
Roland Fletcher (
Michael J. Kolb (Northern Illinois University)
Christian E. Peterson (
Michael E. Smith (
Monica L. Smith (UCLA)
Barbara L. Stark (
Miriam T. Stark (
Our book, currently under review at a publisher, is tentatively titled, The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies (Michael E. Smith, editor)