I never met him, but I saw him give a paper at the SAA's. I was scared of him. I do not think he suffered fools easily, although I have been told he could be a great friend and mentor.I must have cited ten or fifteen of his books and articles in my dissertation. He loved data. he didn't pull stuff out of his ass. You could take an article of his and do a study of your own based on the information he'd provide.  And he could write so you could understand a sentence! How rare is that in an academic? He was a brilliant star that will continue to guide generations of archaeologists to come.