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James F. Deetz, 70, a pioneer in the field of historical archaeology who in 1993 became the Department of Anthropology's first chaired professor, died Nov. 24 of pneumonia.

A funeral service will be held Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Bede's Catholic Church in Williamsburg, with a reception to follow.

Deetz earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and taught at California-Santa Barbara, Brown, the University of Cape Town and California-Berkeley before accepting the Harrison Chair in New World Studies at U.Va. A specialist in Colonial America, Deetz was the anthropology department's first historical archaeologist.

His research combined major excavations at sites like Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass. -- a living history museum that Deetz directed for a dozen years -- and Virginia's Flowerdew Hundred plantation with meticulous research of historical documents to paint a picture of the culture of a particular era. He also worked on Native American and African sites.

He authored several books, most recently, "The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love and Death in the Plymouth Colony" (W.H. Freeman, 2000), co-authored with his wife and professional colleague, Patricia Scott Deetz.

He was also a popular professor, supervising the studies of dozens of graduate students and teaching popular undergraduate courses, including introductory level sections.

He is survived by his wife, 10 children and 16 grandchildren.

Amber N. Hartman, 19, of Stanardsville, died Nov. 16. She was employed by the Law School Foundation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlottesville Pregnancy Center, 320 W. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Anne F. Woodson, 79, died Nov. 23. She was retired from the University Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

Betty Shiflett Leake, 60, died Nov. 24. She was a secretary at the School of Architecture. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlottesville/Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22907-2017.

Gail Lindsay, 48, died Nov. 24. She was an employee of the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center.

Norvin C. "Jack" Hensley, 86, of Charlottesville, died Nov. 25. He was a former employee of the Blue Ridge Sanatorium. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3025 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901.


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