James began studying American colonial history at Syracuse University but soon realized that his desire to study the interactions between the Iroquois and Europeans was limited by the historian’s traditional reliance on written texts, especially since the Iroquois relied on the spoken word, ceremony, and artwork to tell their own stories.The Interdisciplinary Program in Social Sciences at the Maxwell School provided the answer to Bradley’s dilemma. degrees in the spring of 1979, James from Syracuse University and Margaret from the Upstate Medical Center.Compositional data were collected on ceramics (pottery and smoking pipes) from Seneca and Mohawk sites in an attempt to identify and reconstruct exchange and interaction patterns between these two widely separated League members.

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I wanted to understand how that happened.” And so began an academic journey into history, anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, and archaeology that would result in dozens of publications about the history of the Northeastern United States, from the end of the Ice Age to the present.

Bradley received his BA in History from Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania in 1969.

Bradley was born in Boston in 1947, the first son of Wesley and Barbara Bradley.

Since his father was a young medical doctor, they moved frequently (Newport, Rhode Island; Norfolk, Virginia; and Ann Arbor, Michigan) finally settling in Syracuse, New York.

Using pottery as a baseline for each area, pipe data were utilized in a discriminant-function analysis to identify exotic pipes in Seneca assemblages from different time periods. The approach developed for this study employed nondestructive analytical techniques applied to common classes of ceramic artifacts.

The investigation focused on pipes because they were a probable item of exchange and because the symbolism of pipes and tobacco made smoking an important part of Iroquoian political protocol. As such, the methodology should be broadly applicable to other studies of interaction and exchange in this and other regions. Esta investigación présenta una nueva avenida para contestar una pregunta antigua.

Still, Bradley thinks of himself as a Bostonian and explains his interest in history from being “in the shadow of Francis Parkman” when he lived on Beacon Hill’s Myrtle Street.

He spent his childhood in “Iroquois country” as the kind of boy who loved to be outside, getting dirty and looking for rocks, fossils, and snakes.

Although he planned to attend graduate school, the Vietnam War forced other decisions.

Two years earlier, he had registered as a conscientious objector and therefore was required to perform alternate service.

Little did he know this would be the first step back to Boston.