Media Mail Shipping $3.00 Flat Rate Per Order - U.S. Only

Plains Archaeology  J & L
Archaeological Maps
Arkansas Archeological Society
Texas Archeological Society
Early TAS Bulletins
AC History Philosophy
Manual Arts
Metalwork and Jewelry
Model Aeroplanes Kites
Author Biographies
Related Links
Links Other
About Gustav's Library
Contact Us



Media Mail Shipping $3.00 Flat Rate Per Order - U.S. Only

handbook of Aboriginal american antiquities
Part 1 Introductory
The Lithic Industries

William Henry Holmes - 1919

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

William Henry Holmes (1846-1933) of the Bureau of Ethnology, follows his Stone Implements of the Potomac-Chesapeake Tidewater Province with a comprehensive look at methods of working stone by the aborigines of the Americas.  Includes flint knapping, ground stone techniques, quarrying and large stonework  A very comprehensive study of prehistoric stone working techniques.

Please note that this book was published after the discovery of Ishi (reportedly the last of the Yahi Indians who was found in 1911 near Oroville, California) and includes pictures and descriptions of his stoneworking techniques.

Although Holmes probably intended a follow-up book (hence the Part 1 in the title) it was never published.  I really can't imagine what else he could have written to add much to this wonderful study of stonework.

The cover picture is one of the plaster dioramas designed by Holmes for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.  As with most of Holmes' work, it is profusely illustrated with 282 illustrations

This 6-3/4" x 9-3/4", soft cover, facsimile reprint contains 380 pages and 282 illustrations (many are full page). $24.95


Chipping Abrading Process Bone Chipping

Bone Point Chipping Hammer Chipping

Chisel Use

Pressure Flaking Hammerstone Use

Freehand Pressure

Klamath Freehand Ishi Chipping Point

Freehand Pressure

Saw abrader Hammerstone Scars

Paiute chipping

Pressure Sequence  

Arrow Sharpening

Sample  Plates - click on image to enlarge


I. The place of archeology in human history
II. Resources and agencies of archeologic science
III. Progress of archeologic research
IV. Problems of race and culture origins
V. Problems of intercontinental communication
VI. Problems of migration
VII. Problems of culture development and mutation
VIII. Problems of chronology
IX. Culture characterization areas
     1. The North Atlantic area
     2. The Georgia-Florida area
     3. The Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley area
     4. The Upper Mississippi and Great Lakes area
     5. The Great Plains and Rocky Mountain area
     6. The Arid area
     7. The California area
     8. The Columbia-Fraser area
     9. The Northwest Coast area
     10. The Arctic Coast area
     11. The Great Northern Interior area
     12. The North Mexican area
     13. The Middle Mexican area
     14. The South Mexican area
     15. The Maya-Quiche area
     16. The Central American-Isthmian area
     17. The North Andean-Pacific area
     18. The Middle Andean-Pacific area
     19. The South Andean-Pacific area
     20. The Amazon Delta area
     21. Primitive South America
     22. The West Indian or Antillean area
X. Classification of antiquities
XI. Acquirement and utilization of materials
XII. Acquirement of minerals
Quarrying and mining
XIII. Quartzite bowlder quarries, District of Columbia
XIV. Flint Ridge and Warsaw quarries, Ohio
         Flint Ridge quarries
         Warsaw quarries
XV. Flint quarries: West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana
XVI. Mill Creek quarries, Illinois
XVII. Flint quarries near Crescent,Mo
XVIII. Novaculite quarries, Arkansas
XIX. Chert quarries of the Great Plains
XX. Quartzite quarries, Wyoming
XXI. Obsidian mines
XXII. Steatite quarries
XXIII. Mica mines
XXIV. The red pipestone quarry
XXV. Hematite ore and paint mine, Missouri
XXVI. Turquoise mines
XXVII. Quarries of building stone
XXVIII The stone-shaping arts
XXIX. Fracture processes
           Percussion fracture processes
XXX. Pressure fracture processes
XXXI. Crumbling processes
XXXII. Abrading processes
XXXIII. Incising processes
XXXIV. Piercing processes
XXXV. Fire fracture processes
XXXVI. Cushing's account of shaping processes