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May 05, 2008
I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and consider myself fortunate to be part of the enduring legacy he created as an educator.
May 05, 2008
I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Norman Barka. He was instrumental in shaping my graduate education in historical archaeology at the College of William and Mary. I will never forget his classes and his dry sense of humor. His contribtutions to historical archaeology are admirable. My condolensences to his family and friends.
May 05, 2008
Very sad news indeed to hear Dr. Barka has passed on. As evidenced by the entries here, he was a giant in the education of so many archeologists spread across the U.S. My memories of him both in the classroom and in the field on Statia will always be pleasant. And of course the stories about him are legendary. Farewell Sparky, so very many people will miss you.
May 05, 2008
So very sorry to hear of Dr. Barka's passing. We have such fond memories of time spent in his company at William & Mary and in Bermuda. We joined Norm's legion of MA students in 1990 and with them, acknowledge his achievements both as a scholar and professor. His wriest, driest humor will be greatly missed.
Suzanne Plousos and Joe Last
May 05, 2008
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Friday I posted a hasty note to this guest book. I would like to add several things which I neglected to include at that
time. First of all, my condolences to Norm's family. I was surprised at his passing so quickly after his retirement. I simply didn't think of him as 'that old'. I remember him from my years at W&M with his dry humor and shy smile. On the Yorktown Battlefield site he set me to excavating a fence line, because I "was experienced at that" (I was on the fencing team in college). I had my first anthropology class with him and it pretty much hooked me on the subject. Though our paths never crossed professionally after my graduation, he was responsible for starting me on a course which as spanned several decades. I share others sense of loss, both to the profession and on a
personal note as one of my most influential professors.
May 05, 2008
Sad news, indeed. I suppose that I must have known him some 30 years through his dedicated service to the Society for Historical Archaeology. Norm was the definitive gentleman scholar, with a quiet but delightful sense of humor, and he will be missed greatly.
May 03, 2008
I knew Norman Barka for many years ,primarily through the meetings of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Barka was an important researcher on two difference regions: the Chesapeake and on the West Indies. He was a major educator and supporter of Historical Archaeology as seen in his work as Editor of the SHA Newsletter [Ruppe Award]. He was also a very nice person. We all looked for him and missed him at the most recent SHA meetings.
May 03, 2008
We are very saddened to learn of Dr. Barka's death. We will always remember him as a friend and mentor.
May 02, 2008
I'm saddened to hear of Norm Barka's passing...the world's light is a bit dimmer.
May 02, 2008
I was sad to hear the news about Dr. Barka. He will surely not be forgotten by any of the students that he introduced to the field of historical archaeology. I was fortunate to be able to take classes with him the year before he retired, and I can't help but smile when I think of his wry sense of humor. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed, but he has truly left a legacy.

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