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Archaeological Booklets

These archaeological booklets are usually less than 100 pages and focus on single or a limited number of subjects .   A wealth of information in a small package.  Check out our booklets by clicking here.

 

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U. S. Mounds Poster

Although the actual tile of the map is "Distribution of Mounds in the Eastern United States"  it also illustrates mounds  as far west of the Mississippi River as North and South Dakota.

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 Archeological Atlas of Ohio

This large format (approximately 12" x 17") soft cover book is printed on acid-free, premium heavyweight paper and features the full-size, color maps of each of the 88 Ohio counties as well as the county archaeological descriptions, trail and mound distribution maps  as found in the original.
           
 

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Ohio Flint Types Poster

Printed on an offset press, matte finish paper is coated on both sides, 24" x 36", 73 flint artifacts  illustrated.

Data and artifact outlines were provided by Ohio archaeologist Jonathan "Jeb" Bowen, Ph.D.

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New Petroglyph Titles


 

Petroglyphs of California

An excellent resource on the pteroglyphs of California as well as Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, .Features distribution maps of  petroglyphs grouped by design type..

Petroglyphs of Oregon

Features distribution maps of Oregon's petroglyphs grouped by design type.


 

The Technique of Porcupine-Quillwork Decoration Among the North American Indians

William C. Orchard - 1916


 

Prehistoric Remains Which Were  Found on the Site of the City of Cincinnati and a Vindication of the Cincinnati Tablet

Robert Clarke - 1876


 

The American Bisons, Living and Extinct

J. A. Allen - 1876

Another extraordinarily rare work that was published in 1876.  Allen has split this report into two parts:  Part 1 concerns the extinct Bison of North America and Part 2 the modern species.


 

The George C. Davis Site, Cherokee County, Texas

Newell and  Krieger - 1949

The Davis site is a planned civic-ceremonial center that has three earthen mounds—Mound A, a large platform mound with elite residences and special purpose structures; Mound B, a second platform mound; and Mound C, a burial mound used as a cemetery for the elite or ranked members of the society—a borrow pit, and a large associated village (estimated at more than 110 acres) with more than 100 known or suspected structures. The structures include the domestic residences of the commoners that lived at the site as well as the residences for the elites (chiefs and religious leaders) and special structures used for ritual and ceremonial purpose


 

Archaeological Survey of Indiana

4 Volumes - 17 Counties

From the 1920s through the late 1950's, the Indiana Historical Bureau started an archaeological survey of Indiana counties.  As far as we can determine there were only 17 surveys that were actually completed and we have grouped these surveys geographically into four volumes.  Township maps show the location of the sites and surface surveys that were conducted and the plates are of outstanding artifacts of bone, flint, stone, pottery and copper.


 

Relics of the Revolution

Reginald Pelham Bolton - 1916

Early excavations of the hut camps of the American Revolution provides insight into the soldier's lives of both the British and American armies.


New Cahokia Map on the Archaeology Map Page


 

 

The Cahokia Mound Group and Its Village Site Materials

P.F. Titterington - 1938

A classic work on the Cahokia Mound Group, Titterington describes the wide variety of artifacts found in the village site of the largest temple mound in the United States.

 

Origin of the Cahokia Mounds  & Cahokia and Surrounding  Mound Groups

A. R. Crook & D. I. Bushnell, Jr.

Two early works on Cahokia, some of the earliest aerial photographs of Cahokia were taken by the United States Army Air Service pilot, Lieutenant G. W. Goddard, and 12 are included


 

Cahokia or Monks Mound - Greatest Monument of Prehistoric Man

Various Contributors - 1913

An early work on the Cahokia Mound Group (circa 1913), it contains the sketch by H. M. Brackenridge, written in 1811, which is one of the earliest descriptions of Cahokia.

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The Adena People

With Chapter on Adena Pottery by James B. Griffin

William S. Webb and Charles E. Snow - 1931

One of Webb's best works.  The Adena people draws from Webb's and Snow's own excavations as well as extensive references to Excavation of Coon Mound by Greenman (below).  Highly recommended resource for early mound building.

 

Ohio Hopewell Ceramics
An Examination of the Extant Collections

Olaf H. Prufer - 1968

An excellent resource on the Hopewell pottery of Ohio. Sites examined include: Harness, Rockhold, Hopewell, Ater, Ginther, Tremper, Mound City, Seip, Fort Ancient, Fort Hill, Marriott-1, Turner and Russell Brown.
 

 

Native Village and Village Sites East of the Mississippi

Bureau of American Ethnology - Bulletin 69

David I. Bushnell, Jr. - 1919

A discussion of village sites of the of the Eastern United States drawing from documents and maps dating back to the 16th century.

 

Native Cemeteries and Forms of Burial East of the Mississippi
Bureau of American Ethnology - Bulletin 71

David I. Bushnell, Jr. - 1920

A discussion of burial practices of the Eastern United States  drawing from documents and maps dating back to the 16th century.

 

Analysis of Indian Village Site Collections from Louisiana and Mississippi
Anthropological Study Number 2

James A. Ford - 1936

Excellent work by Ford examining the prehistoric cultures of the Southeast through their artifacts and pottery.

 

Crooks Site: A Marksville Period Burial Mound in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana
Anthropological Study Number 3

James A. Ford and Gordon Willey - 1940

Excavation of the the famous Marksville period site in Louisiana, carried out from 1938-1939. The large mound was previously examined in 1909 by Clarence B. Moore but his test pits found no features and he subsequently abandoned the site.

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Archaeological Survey of Eastern Colorado

First, Second  and Third Reports

E. B. Renaud - 1931-33

Eastern Colorado sites surveyed under  the direction of E. B. Renaud. This publication covers various types of sites as well as: enclosures, pictographs, petroglyphs, pottery, projectile types, stone tools, etc.. With color map of Eastern Colorado sites.

  2 New Archaeological Maps
Fort Ancient Map and Features, 13 x 19
Serpent Mound Map and Features 13 x 17

  3 New Volumes of Classics in Texas Archeology
Volume 3 - Texas Coastal Archeology
Volume 4 - Panhandle and Southern High Plains Archeology
Volume 5 - Central Texas and Lower Pecos Archeology

 

Ohio Prehist Monuments Vintage Guidebooks

Map and Guide to Fort Ancient
Map and Guide to the Great Serpent Mound

   

Cahokia Mounds - Moorehead 1929

 

Explorations of 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1927 - Moorehead
Mound Technique - Taylor
Some Geological Aspects - Leighton
The Use of Molluscan Shells by the Cahokia Mound Builders - Baker
 

The early explorations and history  of the  most famous mound group in North America.   Includes discussions of Cahokia and the other mounds and village in this area.


   

Indian Beadwork

 

A Help For Students Of Design

Clark Wissler - 1922

Authoritative paper covering manufacture and design of beadwork articles.  The designs are from the Arapaho and Dakota tribes and are generally representative of the Plains Indians as a whole.  Of special interest are the diagrams of design elements and their meanings.


   

The Serpent Mound of Ohio

 

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Prehistoric Remains in the Ohio Valley

F. W. Putnam

Extraordinarily rare, Putnam wrote these papers for the The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine between November, 1899 and April 1890.  Containing excellent engravings and material that is not readily available in other sources it provides an excellent resource on Serpent Mound.


 

The Wesleyan University Collection of Antiquities of Tennessee

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 Some Mounds of Eastern Tennessee

George Grant MacCurdy - 1917

Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Council of Americanists, Washington, 1915.  An examination of early collections of Tennessee archaeological material featuring some extraordinary shell artifacts that were used by William H. Homes in his Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans.


 

Archaeology of the Missouri River Valley

Three papers concerning Missouri River Archaeology and George F. Will.

  • Archaeology of the Missouri Valley, Anthropological papers of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol. XXII, Part VI, 1924, George F. Will

  • The Upper Missouri River Valley Aboriginal Culture in North Dakota, North Dakota Historical Quarterly, Vol. XI, No. 1 and No. 2, January-April, 1944, George F. Will and Thad. C. Hecker

  • George Francis Will, A Biography, North Dakota History, Volume 23, No, 1, Harlow Leslie Walster


 

Great Plains Archaeology
New Old Stock Titles

The J and L Reprint Company produced some excellent reprints, as well as original papers, concerning the archaeology of the Great Plains. These quality reprints are not used copies but new old stock and still wrapped and packed in the boxes just as they were delivered from the printer.

As supplies of these are limited to stock on hand we have listed them on a special page. See the Great Plains Titles Page.

 

Archeological Atlas of Ohio
Individual County Archaeological  Maps Now Available
13" x 19" individual county maps on heavyweight stock

We have reproduced the famous county maps (full size) from Mills' Archeological Atlas of Ohio on a heavyweight paper and have added the list of township archeological features, cartographic table of map symbols and a mound distribution map of Ohio. Available in heavyweight paper as well as extra heavyweight coated glossy.  See the archaeological maps page.


 

Archeology in Arkansas
Volume 1 - Caddo Archeology
Assembled and edited by Duncan P. McKinnon

We have partnered with the Arkansas Archeological Society to produce the first of a planned 3 volumes on Arkansas archeology. This first assemblage of 13 articles from past issues of the Arkansas Archeologist features a foreword by Duncan McKinnon and focuses on Caddo archaeology.

Please take a look at the AAS description page and then follow the embedded links to their site.  Another archeological organization well worth joining.

Arkansas Archeological Society description page


 

The Serpent Mound
Adams County, Ohio
E. O. Randall

E.O. Randall was the secretary of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society when he wrote this book in 1916,  includes sections on the History of the Serpent and construction of the mound with various theories of the Mound Builders and discussions on serpent worship and foreign serpent mounds.. 


 

Source Material on the History and Ethnology of the Caddo Indians
John R. Swanton - 1942

The classic work on pottery by William H. Holmes, the former director of the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology. This publication explains pottery types and methods of manufacture and is profusely illustrated with 177 full page plates (7  full color), 79 illustrations  and a color pottery distribution map of the Eastern United States. 

 


 

Big Bend Basket Maker Papers Nos. 1-3

Witte Memorial Museum Bulletins 1-3

Extraordinarily rare bulletins of the Witte Memorial Museum focusing on the Basket Maker culture in Texas.


 

Painted Pebbles

From The Lower Pecos and Big Bend Regions of Texas

Witte Memorial Museum Bulletin 5

Another rare bulletin of the Witte Memorial MuseumWe will reprint bulletin number 4 as soon as we can acquire a copy (see publication assistance request at top of page).


Aboriginal Pottery of the Eastern United States
William H. Holmes (1903)

The classic work on pottery by William H. Holmes, the former director of the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology. This publication explains pottery types and methods of manufacture and is profusely illustrated with 177 full page plates (7  full color), 79 illustrations  and a color pottery distribution map of the Eastern United States. 

 


Archeological Atlas of Ohio, Mills (1914 ) ON CD

After we released our hardcopy reprint of the Archeological Atlas of Ohio we addressed  a request by our customers that we also develop a CD that would allow viewing of this important archaeological  atlas.  This CD uses the industry standard Adobe Reader, and has a zoom capability that allows a magnification of 400-600%+ on the map images.


Archeological Atlas of Ohio - Hardcopy

 

 


Hopewellian Communities in Illinois

Edited by Deuel Thorne

 

An excellent resource on the Hopewell of Illinois and the Hopewell in general.

Paper authors to this volume include: Thorne Deuel, Illinois State Museum , James B. Griffin, University of Michigan, Winslow M. Walker, John C. McGregor, University of Illinois, Melvin L. Fowler, Illinois State Museum, and Georg K. Neumann, Indiana University


The Wulfing Plates

Products of Prehistoric Americans - Watson (1950)

Primitive Copper Working: An Experimental Study - Cushing

Primitive Metal Working - Willoughby

An archaeologically isolated find of 8 repousse' copper plates, made in Dunklin County, Missouri in 1906 generates two questions: who made these copper plates and how did they end up buried in a field that has no known mounds or village sites in the vicinity? An excellent discussion of these plates' manufacture, design and cultural significance.


Spiro Mound

The Spiro Mound Collection in the Museum - E. K. Burnett

Historical Sketch of the Spiro Mound - Forrest E. Clements

Since the original Spiro Mound amateur excavations resulted in the scattering of the contents into numerous private collections, the Heye Museum of the American Indian produced this publication to catalog the objects that were acquired by the museum. Also included is an historical sketch of the Spiro Mound.


The Mound-Builders, Henry Clyde Shetrone

 

The classic work on the Mound-Builders of the United States by Henry Clyde Shetrone.  This work examines earthworks and mounds from North Dakota to Florida and Kansas to the East Coast. Our reprint features the full color Mound-Builder plate as well as the full size color foldout map of mound and earthwork distribution of the Eastern United States.

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Contributions to the Archaeology of Missouri

Part I. Pottery

The Archaeological Section of the St. Louis Academy of Science - 1880

Archaeological Remains in Southeastern Missouri by W. B. Potter
The Ancient Pottery of Southeastern Missouri by Edward Evers

ARCHAEOLOGICAL  MAPS
Archaeological maps from various publications
 

Contributions to the Archaeology of the Illinois River Valley
By Frank C. Baker, James B. Griffin, Richard G. Morgan, Georg K. Neumann, Jay L. B. Taylor
Edited by James B. Griffin and Richard G. Morgan

A look at the archaeology of the Illjinois River Valley dedicated to Warren K. Moorehead.   This publication also includes the ethnozoology of the prehistoric Indians of Illinois and a section on Hagan Mound Crania.

Sites include Havana,  Hagan, Rose, Hilderbrand, Naples, Kamp Brangenberg, Utica mounds and Snicarte Village Site
 


Fort Ancient
The Great Prehistoric Earthwork of Warren County, Ohio
Warren K. Moorehead

   "On a slightly rolling plateau in Warren County, Ohio, overlooking the beautiful valley of the Little Miami river, is situated Fort Ancient, the greatest of all prehistoric earthworks in the Mississippi basin.
   This plateau is remarkable in its configuration. There is nothing precisely like it to be found in the Ohio valley, so far as the writer's observation extends. The plateau is cut up irregularly by ravines, and although none are of great length, yet all of them are precipitous and attain their depth within a few hundred yards from the beginning of their erosion ... The distance around the inclosure (following the center of the embankment) is 18,712.2 feet." (Warren K. Moorehead, 1908)


Masterpieces of the Ohio Mound Builders
Hilltop Fortifications Including Fort Ancient
E. O. Randall

E.O. Randall was the secretary of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society when he wrote this book in 1916,  includes sections on Mound Builders, and forts of Ohio including: Fort Ancient,  Spruce Hill Fort, Fort Hill, Glenford Stone Fort, Miami Fort, Fortified Hill (Butler County),  and even Cahokia Mound in Illinois merits a discussion. 


Californian Bone Artifacts and Californian Shell Artifacts
Appendix: Additional Bone Artifacts By Phil C. Orr
E. W. Gifford

University of California Anthropological Records, Volume 3, Number 2 and Anthropological Records, Volume 9, Number 1.  The bone and shell artifacts of California are examined by E. W. Gifford.   

Profusely illustrated with 96 full-page plates illustrating hundreds of bone and shell artifacts. 


 

Survey of Ohio Fluted Points
Olaf H. Prufer - 1960-1964

All 10 volumes complete in one book

The fluted point survey undertaken by Olaf H. Prufer of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History was conducted between 1960 and 1964 with a total of 10 volumes produced over that period.  As many of these originals haven't survived the past 50 years we were extremely fortunate in acquiring a full set for republication.  We are indebted, again, to Larry Conrad of the Western Illinois University Archaeological Research Laboratory for his help in obtaining a complete set of these rare originals.


Basket Designs of the Indians of California
A Collection of four of our books on California Indian Baskets in one volume

Basketry Designs of the Indians of Northern California (Dixon - 1902),  Basket Designs Of The Indians Of Northwestern California, Basket Designs of the Mission Indians of California (Kroeber - 1922), Plants Used In Basketry By The California Indians (Ruth Earl Merrill - 1923).


Early Bulletins of the
Texas Archeological and Paleontological Society
1929-1952 Project Complete

The first 24 years of  this fine archeological publication.  It's extreme scarcity is primarily due to the extraordinarily low number published (300 per year) as well as the high demand it now enjoys.  We would like to express our appreciation to the Texas Archeological Society for allowing us to reprint these volumes. 

We would also like to offer a special thanks to Tim Perttula for his invaluable assistance over the last 18 months  in making some of these rare Texas archaeological reprints possible.

Click here to access the Bulletin Page


Crania Americana

A Comparative View of Skulls of Various Aboriginal Nations of North and South America

Samuel George Morton, M.D. - 1839

With a New Introduction by Jane E. Buikstra, Ph.D.

 

Published  in 1839, 22 years before the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, Crania Americana is an  extraordinarily rare book in any condition. Criticized in this modern, somewhat more enlightened age,  for its early 19th Century views on race, the publication of Crania Americana did provide important early steps toward the modern science of  physical anthropology.

We wish to thank Dr. Jane Buikstra Professor of Bioarchaeology, Arizona State University for providing us with an excellent new introduction to this historically important work. 


Indian Trails of the Southeast
William E. Meyer(1925)
Preface and Trail Map Index by John R. Swanton
Extract from the 42nd Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology

Published after his death, Myer worked with John R. Swanton And Charles Rau from the Smithsonian on this excellent publication.  The map of Tennessee is a whopping 35" long and the general Southeast map is 12" x 15"  The area covered encompasses Kentucky to Florida and the Atlantic Ocean to the Texas border.  A wonderful companion to Ohio Indian Trails by Frank N. Wilcox, another of our reprints. 


The Belcher Mound
A Stratified Caddoan Site in Caddo Parish, Louisiana
James A. Ford & Clarence H. Webb (1952)
With a new foreword by Timothy Perttula

Another rare title of Caddo archeology, Belcher Mound has been out of print for 50 years.  Tim Perttula, archaeologist for the Caddo Nation, has provided a new foreword to bring this  important publication up to date.


Poverty Point
A Late Archaic Site in Louisiana
Clarence H. Webb  (1956)

We have updated this publication by the inclusion of the full page color plate of the famous Poverty Point clay objects from Clarence B. Moore's Some Aboriginal Sites in Louisiana and in Arkansas that was not included with the original publication.


Texas Type Descriptions - Suhm &Jelks (1962)
2009 Reprint Edition
With a new Foreword by Dee Ann Suhm Story and Edward B. Jelks

One of the most sought after titles on Texas archaeology this classic has been updated with a new foreword by Dee Ann Suhm Story and Edward B. Jelks, the original authors.

We would like to thank the Texas Archeological Society for making this important work available again.


Classics in Texas Archeology, Volume 2
Jornada Mogollon Archeology

Second in a planned series of 5 volumes, this is a compilation of selected articles from The Bulletin of the Texas Archeological and Paleontological Society, spanning the years 1934 to 1954,  assembled and with a new foreword by archaeologist Myles R. Miller (series editor Timothy K. Perttula). 

Volume 2 is a collection of articles discussing Jornada Mogollon archaeology,  an egg-shaped cultural region comprising parts of west Texas, south-central New Mexico, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. Click here to visit Archaeology Page 14 on this website


 

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A Pilot Study of Wichita Indian Archaeology and Ethnohistory

Robert E. Bell, Edward B. Jelks, W. W. Newcomb - 1967

A very rare publication on the Wichita Indian tribes utilizing both archival research and and excavations of sites in Texas and Oklahoma. An excellent study of the Wichita Indians.

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The Texas Archeological Society has provided valuable archaeological publications since 1928 and if you have an interest in Texas archaeology we heartily recommend joining.  Please click on the logo above to read more about this organization.   


 


Additional Texas Titles
   
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Available Again - Enhanced Edition

Certain Caddo Sites in Arkansas, Harrington

Part of the Indian Notes & Monographs series, this book conducts a detailed examination of the  Caddo Indians.  Harrington's excavations and research of historical sources builds on the previous  work of Clarence B. Moore and provides a vivid picture of this vanished culture.

 

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Archaeological Survey of Kentucky- Volume 1

The University of Kentucky. Reports in Archaeology and Anthropology, Volume 1, Parts 1-6

Webb and Funkhouser

 

The Williams Site in Christian County, KY
The So Called “Ash Caves” in Lee County, KY
The Page Site in Logan County, KY
Rock Shelters of Wolfe and Powell Counties, KY
The Tolu Site in Crittendon County, KY
The Duncan Site on the Kentucky-Tennessee Line

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Certain Mounds and Village Sites - Volume 1

William C. Mills

After three years of searching, we finally obtained access to a copy of this extremely rare and expensive original and for this we offer a special thanks to Larry Conrad of Ancient Society Books

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The Florida Indian and His Neighbors

Edited by John W. Griffin (1949)

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Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, Cover

Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley

Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, Serpent Mound Plate

Squier and Davis - 1848

 


The legendary book that started it all.  Exceedingly rare and arguably one of the most important books on United States archaeology ever written, this 160 year old publication was written to document the earthworks of prehistoric America before the plow and advancing civilization could obliterate them forever.  See the detail page by clicking here

This is the only reprint available with the two Marietta Works plates (numbers 1 and 45) rendered in color as in the original.

See plates and description for the Ancient Works at Marietta, Ohio - from Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley by clicking here


Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley - 48 Plate Set

This is the same plate set (with a different cover) that we are providing to the gift shop of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park at the Hopewell Mound Group near Chillicothe, Ohio. Spiral bound, plates are enlarged 120%,

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A Study of the Glacial Kame Culture in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana

Wilbur M. Cunningham (1943)

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Ohio Indian Trails - Frank N. Wilcox

The classic study of the Indian Trails of Ohio, a fascinating read and a great reference on an important part of U.S. and Ohio history.  Now includes a reprint of the Map of Indian Trails and Towns from the 1914 Mills Archeological Atlas of Ohio.

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Societies in Eclipse - Smithsonian Institution Press

Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands Indians, A.D. 1400-1700

David S. Brose C. Wesley Cowan Robert C., Jr. Mainfort

These books were published by the now defunct Smithsonian Institution Press and have been out of print for about 5 years or so.  Dr. Brose, who we met through a mutual friend, was gracious enough to allow us to offer a small quantity of them to our customers from his own limited stock.  These are brand new,  right out of the box originals - in mint condition.  We only have a few and I know a lot of our customers will be interested in the subject matter, so please see the detail page here.

 

  Pipes and Smoking Customs of the American Aborigines, Based on Material in the U. S. National Museum, Joseph D. McGuire
  Prehistoric Ethnology of a Kentucky Site, Harlan I. Smith
  Prehistoric Textile Art, William H. Holmes
  Origin and Development of Form and Ornament in Ceramic Art, William H. Holmes
  Burial Mounds of the Northern Sections of the United States, Cyrus Thomas
  Indian Village Site and Cemetery Near Madisonville, Ohio, Earnest A. Hooten with notes on the Artifacts by Charles Willoughby

  Folsom, The Lindenmeier Site, Frank H.H. Roberts, Jr., Kirk Bryan and Louis L. Ray
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Indian Knoll - Two Titles


Clarence B. Moore

Some Aboriginal Sites on Green River, Kentucky

Certain Aboriginal Sites on Lower Ohio River

Additional Investigation on Mississippi River

Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Vol XVI

"Along part of Green river, Ky., and particularly in "The Indian Knoll," Ohio County, were found by us objects of antler, hooked at one end and having a cavity in the other end, in which sometimes was asphalt, used for fastening something introduced into the cavity... Usually in intimate association with these hooked implements of antler were found, in nearly every instance where the hooked implements were present, as exactly described later in this report, other objects, some of antler (most of which were made from the base of the horn), some of stone... Hereafter in this report, for convenience and not because we are fully convinced they are such, we shall designate the hooked implements as needles and the objects found with them as sizers. We were aware that we had to face two probable objections in connection with our determination, namely, the orifices in the ends of the needles, and the perforations in the sizers, neither of which seem absolutely necessary for the use to which the needles and sizers were assigned." Clarence B. Moore

The Original excavation of Indian Knoll by Clarence B. Moore in 1915.  These are the findings which piqued Webb's curiosity about the hooked antler implements and bannerstones.  Also contains the  four colored plates of bannerstones by Mary Louise Baker.


Atlatls and Bannerstones
Excavations at Indian Knoll - W.S. Webb

"From a careful study of this body of artifacts, their position in the graves, and their association with each other, the conviction has grown that all of these antler hooks are the distal ends of atlatls. All of the antler sections are handles, attached to the proximal end of the atlatl, and the "banner" stones, subrectangular bars, and composit shell artifacts are all atatl weights.”  

As a teenager, in the mid-1960's, my uncle took me to meet one of the well known artifact collectors of Ohio.  While looking at his collection of bannerstones I mentioned that I had read somewhere of them being used as altatl weights.  His response was that atlatls had been found in caves in the Southwest but not in the East, so there was no evidence of this.  Little did I realize at that time that a definitive study of their use as weights had been published 20 years previously by William S, Webb of the University of Kentucky.   The in-situ finds of atlatl handles, weights and hooks left little doubt of their aboriginal use.

The first excavation at the site was by Clarence B. Moore in 1915 but it was confined to a  limited area.  We are  very fortunate that the Moore excavations did not destroy the entire site and that Webb was able to recover some of the most compelling evidence of the use and construction of the atlatl in the Eastern United States.

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The Aborigines of Minnesota - Now Available!

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Earthworks in Minnesota  is a 330 page excerpt of The Aborigines of Minnesota containing the earthworks of Minnesota by county as well as all of the mound foldouts.  This excerpt is targeted at readers who are more interested in a county archaeological atlas of the state of Minnesota than the full  two part book..

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The Archeological History of New York, Part 1
Aboriginal Occupation of New York

Arthur C. Parker, 1920

 

A rare archaeological description of the aboriginal occupation of New York state.  This book discusses the various occupations (Mound Builder, Eskimo, Iroquois and Algonkian) as well as in-depth descriptions of excavations of 12 sites by famous archaeologists such as: M.R. Harrington, Arthur C. Parker, E.G. Squier (of Squier and Davis fame) and Frank H. Cushing.  

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The Archeological History of New York, Part 2
Archaeological Atlas by Counties

Arthur C. Parker, 1920

 

A rare archaeological atlas for the Empire State, this book features maps of the counties of New York along with locations and descriptions of their sites.   

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Archeological Investigations
Bulletin 76 of the Bureau of American Ethnology

Cave Explorations MO, IN, IL, KY, TN, AL, NE and Archaeology in Hawaii

Gerard Fowke, 1922

 

Gerard Fowke examines the archaeology of caves in the Ozark Region of Central Missouri as well as selected caves and rock shelters from Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee not to mention sites in Kansas and Nebraska.  Just to top it off, he also includes some early archaeological information concerning Hawaii as well.

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Primitive Methods of Working Stone
Based on Experiments of Halvor L. Skavlem

With an new introduction by John C. Whittaker, Ph.D.

Alonzo W. Pond, 1930

 

A very rare work on early experimental stone tool manufacturing.  Mr. Skavlem independently developed these techniques for ground stone and flaked tools over a fifteen year period starting in the first part of the 20th Century.  A must read for anyone interested in methods of producing stone tools.

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Primitive Industry
Illustrations of the Handiwork in stone, bone and clay of the Native Races of the Northern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States of America

Charles C. Abbott - 1881

 

A rare and comprehensive work of the artifacts of the Northern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States. From the common pitted stones to exquisite pipes and copper artifacts.

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Archaeological Atlas of Ohio

The Archeological Atlas of Ohio - Mills 1914

Any way you spell it The Archeological (Archaeological) Atlas of Ohio was, and is,  the most famous and comprehensive archaeological atlas ever printed - with  over 5,000 archaeological features of the 88 counties of the Buckeye State identified and mapped. 

Link to the Archaeology page 

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