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Walter Hough in 1904
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
|Died||1935, aged approx. 76|
|Alma mater||West Virginia Agricultural College, West Virginia University|
|Awards||Order of Isabella|
|Influenced||Paul Sidney Martin|
Hough was born at Morgantown, West Virginia. He was educated at Monongalia Academy, West Virginia Agricultural College, and West Virginia University (A.B., 1883; Ph.D., 1894). He was employed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as an assistant (1886–94), as assistant curator of ethnology (1896–1910), and as curator from 1910 until his death in 1935. Though Hough's work revolved around cataloging the museum's collections, he also spent time doing archaeological field work in the American Southwest. In 1905, Hough unearthed preserved cobs of maize in a cave in New Mexico that helped subsequent archaeologists determine that the Mogollon ethnic group inhabited the area before the Anasazi Puebloans, who were previously considered to be the area's earliest inhabitants.
- "Censers and incense of Mexico and Central America"—full online copy at HathiTrust
- Mann, Charles C. (November 2018). "What Ancient Maize Can Tell Us About Thousands of Years of Civilization in America". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
- Hough, Walter (1912), "Censers and incense of Mexico and Central America", Proceedings of the United States National Museum, Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press (etc.) (published 7 April 1912), 42 (1887), pp. 109–137, doi:10.5479/si.00963801.42-1887.109, hdl:2027/gri.ark:/13960/t5z60gv4v, ISSN 0096-3801, retrieved 16 April 2010
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- "Walter Hough: An Appreciation", American Anthropologist, Volume 38, Issue 3,
- Christy G. Turner, II and Jacqueline A. Turner, "The First Claim for Cannibalism in the Southwest: Walter Hough's 1901 Discovery at Canyon Butte Ruin 3, Northeastern Arizona", American Antiquity, Vol. 57, No. 4 (Oct., 1992), pp. 661-682
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