Tributes to
J. Desmond Clark


Professor Desmond Clark inspired and supported many young scholars from Africa to become archaeologists and to love and respect archaeology. I myself happen to be one such lucky student who learned a lot from him both in the field and laboratory. He conducted archaeological fieldworks in Ethiopia for decades and worked tirelessly to uncover the prehistoric past of this fossil- and lithic-rich country.

There is no doubt that Ethiopian archaeology will suffer enormously from professor Clark's death. In part this is because he had been its sole advocate for decades and was determined to advance it. I think one way to pay tribute to professor John Desmond Clark's legacy will be to honor his dreams by continuing archaeological investigations in Africa and supporting local scholars, because this is what he precisely did. Professor Clark will be missed and remembered for many many years to come.

-Tadewos Assebework, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University at Bloomington