Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier

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Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Berne, Bern District, Bern, Switzerland
Death: March 18, 1914 (73)
Sevilla, Seville, Andalucía, Spain
Occupation: American archaeologist
Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier

Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier (August 6, 1840 – March 18, 1914) was an American archaeologist after whom Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, United States, is named.

Bandelier was born in Bern, Switzerland. When a youth he emigrated to the United States. As a young man he labored unhappily in his family business. Under the mentorship of the pioneering anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan he turned to scholarship, more particularly to archaeological and ethnological work among the Indians of the southwestern United States, Mexico and South America. Beginning his studies in Sonora (Mexico), Arizona and New Mexico, he made himself the leading authority on the history of this region, and — with F. H. Cushing and his successors — one of the leading authorities on its prehistoric civilization.

In 1892 he abandoned this field for Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, where he continued ethnological, archaeological and historical investigations. In the first field he was in a part of his work connected with the Hemenway Archaeological Expedition and in the second worked for Henry Villard of New York, and for the American Museum of Natural History of the same city. Bandelier had shown the falsity of various historical myths, notably in his conclusions respecting the Inca civilization of Peru.

While he was in the pueblo of Isleta, he met his long term friends Father Anton Docher, The Padre of Isleta and Charles Fletcher Lummis.

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August 6, 1840
Berne, Bern District, Bern, Switzerland
March 18, 1914
Age 73
Sevilla, Seville, Andalucía, Spain