DUPREE, Louis Benjamin. Greenville, NC 23.8.1925 — Durham, NC 21.3.1989. U.S. Archaeologist and Anthropologist, Specialist of Afghanistan. Son of Chauncey Leary D. and Luna Emily Tripp. In wartime served in U.S. Merchant Marine and in Philippines, then studied Asian archaeology and ethnology at Harvard (B.A. 1949, M.A. 1953 and Ph.D. 1955). In 1949 first visited Afghanistan. In the late 1960s met Nancy Hatch (1927–2017), a historian, in Kabul, divorced and married her. They worked together in Kabul until 1978, when expelled. Then lived mainly in North Carolina, but visited often Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Taught at several American universities and held important consultant offices, finally at Duke University and University of North Carolina, but mainly concentrated on reseach.
Publications: “Shamshir Ghar: Historic Cave Site in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan”, Arts as. 3, 1956, 195-206; Shamshir Ghar: Historic Cave Site in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 170 p. 31 pl. 102 fig. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History 46:2. N.Y. 1958.
– “Deh Morasi Ghundai: A chalcolithic site in South Central Afghanistan”, Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, New York 50:2, 27-136, pl. 13-25, N.Y. 1963; other articles.
– Afghanistan. Princeton 1973, 3rd ed. 778 p. Pr. 1980: edited with L. Albert: Afghanistan in the Seventies. N.Y. 1974.
Sources: D.P. Edwards, Encyclop. Iranica 7, 1996, 588f. (online); www.dupreefoundation.org/louis-dupree.htm; findagrave.com; Wikipedia.
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