Purple Hummingbird

Purple Hummingbird
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Elizabeth Warder Crozer Campbell and her husband, William Campbell, moved to the Mojave desert in 1924, it's dry climate proving to be the best for William, whose lungs had been burned by mustard gas in World War 1.

They camed to Twentynine Palms Oasis in what is now Joshua Tree National Park, homesteaded nearby, and became a central part of that early community. Life in the remote, stark landscape contrasted sharply with

Elizabeth's early years of wealth and privilege in Pennsylvania, but her resilient sprit made the best of what at first seemed like a bleak situation, as she explored the desert and became an amateur archaeologist. A keen observer and independent thinker, she soon hypothesized that prehistoric people had lived in the California deserts along the shores of the late Pleistocene lakes and waterways much earlier than was then believed. She devised a means for testing her hypothesis and found evidence to support it. Her interpretatuions conflicted, however, with the archaeological paradigm of the day and her ideas were dismissed by formally trained archaeologists . Even so, she and her husband cintinued their work, convinced of the accuracy of her findings. Four decades later the archaeological establishmentvalidated and accepted her ideas. campbell's research ultimately revolutionized archaeological thought, forming the besis of today's landscape archaeology

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