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