Exploring Native North America

Exploring Native North America

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Baker & Taylor
A discussion of eighteen North American archaeological sites dating from 9300 to 4000 B.C.E. examines the scientific data and techniques supporting conclusions about early Americans and their lives.

Book News
The curator of anthropology at The American Museum of Natural History profiles 18 archaeological sites in the US and Canada that contain evidence of mostly early Americans. He does an excellent job of summarizing the data and explaining the techniques clearly to keep the focus on the conclusions scientists have reached about the people and their ways of life. The sites span from 9300 BC to the Little Big Horn. For each he includes a list of further reading and directions for visitors. Photographs, drawings, and maps accompany the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Oxford University Press
From Blackwater Draw in New Mexico to the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Wyoming, the archaeological evidence left by Native Americans forms a fascinating legacy. In the third volume in Oxford's acclaimed Places in Time series, David Hurst Thomas guides readers through twenty well-known sites in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
A lively and engaging narrative, as well as photographs, maps, reconstructions, and site plans help tell the story of each site and illuminate the early history of North America. Thomas's introduction provides a brief history of the archaeological research in the region, along with a discussion of its demographic trade and economy, science and technology, and art and religion. Each chapter is devoted to a single site and features a map showing its location, a site plan or reconstruction, a chronological table covering the span of occupation, a history of the site's excavation, a discussion of the principle finds and description of the particular method used by archaeologists. Sites covered include Cape Krusenstern in Alaska, Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump in Canada, Mesa Verde in Colorado, Serpent Mound in Ohio, and Knife River in North Dakota. Thomas also addresses the culture and way of life of the people who lived at each site, their technological achievements, their relationship with the environment, and the spiritual beliefs that motivated them.
Gracefully written and based on the most current archaeological scholarship, Exploring Native North America offers a fascinating tour for history buffs, armchair time-travelers, and anyone planning to explore these intriguing sites.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780195118575
Branch Call Number: 970.01 T362e
Characteristics: xii, 227 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 26 cm


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