J. Desmond Clark
The century closed its chapter with the departure of the greatest
archaeologist it had created. Africa has known not so many scholars
who were as interested in its values and importance in the history
of humanity and cultures, as was Desmond Clark.
The plains of Ogaden, the head waters of Wabe-Shebele and the caves
of Porc-Epic & Laga-Oda; the Middle Awash sites of Bodo, Maka,
Meadura, Dawaitoli, Hargufia, Bouri and Aduma; and other sites like
Arba were areas where Desmond unearthed and revealed few of the
chapters on the history of early human cultures & their dynamics.
I was fortunate enough to have known
Desmond even if it was only for the last 20 years. This last 20
years have determined the direction of the life I chose to follow.
That life I chose to follow is inspired by Desmond. Desmond was
an inspiration to all Africanist Archaeologists. He had inspired
most of Africa's emerging generation of Archaeologists through his
brilliant works and vibrant personality. Desmond was our teacher,
guide, support and inspiration. He was a living legend & he
will remain a legend and his works will continue to inspire us all.
-Yonas Beyene, Department of Archaeology
and Anthropology; ARCCH, Ethiopia