HomeBiographyWritingsPhotosContactDennis E. Puleston Maya Archaeologist, Naturalist, Teacher 1940-1978

This site has been created by Denny’s family and friends to make his published and unpublished work available to the public.

He died early in his career, but not before he developed a new and innovative way of thinking about human society and its relationship to nature. At the time of his death, much of this thought was either published in obscure and weighty academic form or remained unpublished in field notes, journals and an exquisite collection of color slides.

Denny delighted in observing and understanding the behavior of living things and how they worked toward capturing and converting energy into productive life and, in the case of humans, culture. He believed human society to be inextricably linked in a chain of life that included the tiniest organisms as well as the vast expanses of forest, tundra and swamp.

Den on Temple

Den in Maler's Palace

For this reason, he lived and worked in such places as the Canadian wilderness, the island of Moorea, Society Islands, and the tropical forests of Central America which he came to love deeply. During his stay on Moorea, he became profoundly interested in the islands and hoped to research Pacific migration and cultural adaptation in this environment. This, however, he did not accomplish.

Throughout his life he collected specimens of plants, shells, and animals and kept detailed field notes, journals and photographic records. He inspired others to pursue lines of research and inquiry into the tiniest details of ecology which, he was certain would eventually lead to a better understanding of human adaptation.

It is our intention to make these thoughts and the deep appreciation of the natural environment available to you.


We welcome your comments, suggestions and contributions.

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