Willey was educated at the University of Arizona and Columbia; and spent the majority of his professional life at the Peabody Museum in Harvard. He conducted fieldwork in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Florida, and was a terrific teacher and a writer of mystery novels.
Sources and Important Publications
Gorenstein, Shirley. 2002. Obituary: Gordon R. Willey. American Anthropologist 104(4):1254-1256.
Willey, Gordon Randolph 1988. Portraits in American archaeology: remembrances of some distinguished Americanists. Albuquerque :University of New Mexico Press
--- and Philip Phillips. 1958. Method and theory in American archaeology. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press (reprinted several times
--- 1987. Essays in Maya archaeology Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press
--- and Jeremy A. Sabloff. 1980. A history of American archaeology. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman
This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.