Archaeology in America

An Encyclopedia

by Francis P. McManamon, Linda S. Cordell, Kent G. Lightfoot, George R. Milner, Editors


A comprehensive reference of the most important and accessible archaeological digs in the United States and Canada.

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December 2008


Pages 1488
Volumes 4
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Physical Geography and Environment
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The greatness of America is right under our feet. The American past—the people, battles, industry and homes—can be found not only in libraries and museums, but also in hundreds of archaeological sites that scientists investigate with great care. These sites are not in distant lands, accessible only by research scientists, but nearby—almost every locale possesses a parcel of land worthy of archaeological exploration. Archaeology in America is the first resource that provides students, researchers, and anyone interested in their local history with a survey of the most important archaeological discoveries in North America. Leading scholars, most with an intimate knowledge of the area, have written in-depth essays on over 300 of the most important archaeological sites that explain the importance of the site, the history of the people who left the artifacts, and the nature of the ongoing research.

Archaeology in America divides it coverage into 8 regions: the Arctic and Subarctic, the Great Basin and Plateau, the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, the Midwest, the Northeast, the Southeast, the Southwest, and the West Coast. Each entry provides readers with an accessible overview of the archaeological site as well as books and articles for further research.



"This set offers the nonspecialist a comprehensive introduction to archaeology in America. A thorough introduction sets the stage with a discussion of the history and value of North American archaeology. . . . Few recent publications provide such a comprehensive overview—accessible to the general reader—of archaeology in America. This set would be a welcome addition to an academic or large public library."Booklist

"This collection of essays on over 300 topics related to archaeological sites and discoveries in North America and Hawaii was written by local experts, while the editors are anthropologists and/or archaeological scholars with numerous published books and articles to their credit. The arrangement is geographic, with each volume covering a different area of the United States. Each section begins with overview essays (e.g. 'The Archaeology of California'), followed by essays describing important archaeological sites in that geographical area. Accessible to general readers but also useful for students at the high school and college level, the essays describe sites of historical importance and lists of sources for further study—even pointing out museums, parks, and other visitor sites. Numerous maps and black-and-white photographs illustrate the text. Each volume also contains a glossary and an index; the final volume includes a contributor list with affiliation and location information for contributors and more information on the editors. . . . For public, high school, and college libraries that do not have access to DLO, purchase of this print set is recommended. The price is reasonable considering the amount of material included as well as the general level of interest in American history."Library Journal

"This set presents an overview of archaeology, rather than focusing on US sites, but no other comparable,
comprehensive set on US archaeological sites is available. . . . This set offers a fantastic overview of the most significant archaeological finds in the US. Summing Up: Essential."Choice

"This reference tool conveniently collects information about archaeological sites that can be difficult to find, thus it is highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries."ARBAonline

"Impressive for its thoroughness and quality of writing, this 4-volume reference describes archaeological sites in North America, including northern Mexico, the US, and Canada. . . . The articles are written by archaeologists and are both authoritative and accessible, with detailed discussion of the history of the site and its study, with bibliography and
information about public access and use provided for each. The volumes are well-illustrated with b&w plates of photos, drawings, and maps. Thoughtfully produced and rich in its coverage, this is a fine reference that will be essential for public and college libraries."Reference & Research Book News

"...this encyclopaedia is a useful and easily comprehensible overview of archaeology and archaeological sites in North America aimed at the general reader and beginning student of archaeology. It also provides a handy starting-point for further, more in-depth study. Recommended for academic libraries."Reference Reviews


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