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Review of Archaeology of Minnesota: The Prehistory of the Upper Mississippi River Region, by Guy Gibbon. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 38:On-Line Book Reviews.


2023 Book Reviews

Explanations in Iconography: Ancient American Indian Art, Symbol, and Meaning (pdf)

  • Oxbow Press
  • Edited by Carol Diaz-Granados
  • Reviewed by Dr. Thomas Emerson

Archaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas (pdf)

  • Oxbow Press
  • Edited by J. Grant Stauffer, Bretton T. Giles, and Shawn P. Lambert
  • Reviewed by Dr. Thomas Emerson

The Archaeology of Craft and Industry (pdf)

The Calf Creek Horizon: A Mid-Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation in the Central and Southern Plains of North America (pdf)

2022 Book Reviews

New Methods and Theories for Analyzing Mississippian Imagery (pdf)

Being Scioto Hopewell: Ritual Drama and Personhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Volumes 1 & 2 (pdf)

  • Springer
  • By Christopher Carr with contributions by Anna C. Novotny, William Rex Weeks, Jr., Christopher R. Caseldine, Brianna J. Rafidi, Heather L. Smyth, Mary F. Kupsch, and Samantha R. Feinberg
  • Reviewed by Eve A. Hargrave and Kristin M. Hedman

Repatriation and Erasing the Past (pdf)

Reconsidering Mississippian Communities and Households (pdf)

Bioarchaeology of the American Southeast: Approaches to Bridging Health and Identity in the Past (pdf)

New Materialisms Ancient Urbanisms (pdf)

  • Routledge
  • Edited by Susan M. Alt and Timothy R. Pauketat
  • Reviewed by Christina M. Friberg

Ancient Pottery, Cuisine, and Society at the Northern Great Lakes (pdf)

The Archaeology of American Childhood and Adolescence (pdf)

2021 Book Reviews

Indigenous Life Around the Great Lakes: War, Climate, and Culture (pdf)

People & Culture in Ice Age Americas: New Dimensions in Paleoamerican Archaeology (pdf)

A Universal Theory of Pottery Production: Irving Rouse, Attributes, Modes, and Ethnography (pdf)

Modeling Entradas: Sixteenth-Century Assemblages in North America (pdf)

A Primer on Chiefs and Chiefdoms (pdf)

The Archaeology of the Logging Industry (pdf)

Bears: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Perspectives in Native North America (pdf)

Household Economy at Wall Ridge: A Fourteenth-Century Central Plains Farmstead in the Missouri Valley (pdf)

Chipped Stone Technological Organization: Central Place Foraging and Exchange on the Northern Great Plains (pdf)

The Poetics of Processing: Memory Formation, Identity, and the Handling of the Dead (pdf)

The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology (pdf)


2020 Book Reviews

Fort St. Joseph Revealed: The Historical Archaeology of a Fur Trading Post (pdf)

The Archaeology of Ancient Cities (pdf)

Encountering Hopewell in the Twenty-first Century, Ohio and Beyond: Volume 1: Monuments and Ceremony and Volume 2: Settlements, Foodways, and Interactions (pdf)

  • University of Akron Press (Volume 1) and (Volume 2)
  • Edited by Brian G. Redmond, Bret J. Ruby, and Jarrod Burks
  • Reviewed by Edward R. Henry

Experiencing Archaeology: A Laboratory Manual of Classroom Activities, Demonstrations, and Minilabs for Introductory Archaeology (pdf)

  • Berghahn Books
  • Edited by Lara Homsey-Messer, Tracy Michaud, Angela Lockard Reed, and Victoria Bobo
  • Reviewed by Kaleigh Best, Teresa Palomares, and Jessica Spencer

The Archaeology of Villages in Eastern North America (pdf)

Color in the Ancestral Pueblo Southwest (pdf)

Cahokia in Context: Hegemony and Diaspora (pdf)

The Archaeologist’s Laboratory: The Analysis of Archaeological Evidence. Second Edition (pdf)

Contact, Colonialism, and Native Communities in the Southeastern United States (pdf)

Communities and Households in the Greater American Southwest (pdf)

Cahokia’s Complexities: Ceremonies and Politics of the First Mississippian Farmers (pdf)

L’Archaïque au Québec: Six Millénaires d’histoire Amérindienne (pdf)

Using and Curating Archaeological Collections (pdf)


2019 Book Reviews

New Life for Archaeological Collections (pdf)

Strategies for Quantitative Research: Archaeology by Numbers (pdf)

  • Routledge
  • By Grant S. McCall
  • Reviewed by Paul D. Welch

British Forts and Their Communities, Archaeological and Historical Perspective (pdf)

The Carolina Backcountry Venture (pdf)

Relational Engagements of the Indigenous Americas: Alterity, Ontology, and Shifting Paradigms (pdf)

An Essay on Political Economies in Prehistory (pdf)

  • Amazon
  • By Timothy Earle
  • Reviewed by Jon Muller

Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture (pdf)

Revealing Greater Cahokia, North America’s First Native City: Rediscovery and Large-Scale Excavations of the East St. Louis Precinct (pdf)

Feeding Cahokia: Early Agriculture in the North American Heartland (pdf)

Food Production in Native North America: An Archaeological Perspective (pdf)

Identified Skeletal Collections: The Testing Ground of Anthropology? (pdf)

Elements of Architecture: Assembling Archaeology, Atmosphere and the Performance of Building Spaces (pdf)

  • Routledge
  • Edited by Mikkel Bille and Tim Flohr Sørensen
  • Reviewed by Dr. Corin C.O. Pursell

The Archaeology of Large-Scale Manipulation of Prey: The Economic and Social
Dynamics of Mass Hunting

The Cumberland Archaic of Middle Tennessee (pdf)

The Archaeology of American Mining (pdf)

Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology (pdf)

Massacres: Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Approaches (pdf)

New Histories of Village Life at Crystal River (pdf)

Rediscovering Lost Innocence: Archaeology at the State Home and School (pdf)

Process and Meaning in Spatial Archaeology: Investigations into Pre-Columbian Iroquoian Space and Place (pdf)


2018 Book Reviews

Storage in Ancient Complex Societies: Administration, Organization, and Control (pdf)

Transforming the Landscape: Rock Art and the Mississippian Cosmos (pdf)

  • Oxbow Books
  • Edited by Carol Diaz-Granados, Jan Simek, George Sabo III, and Mark Wagner
  • Reviewed by Robert "Ernie" Boszhardt

Investigating the Ordinary: Everyday Matters in Southeast Archaeology (pdf)

Land of Water, City of the Dead: Religion and Cahokia's Emergence (pdf)

From Colonization to Domestication: Population, Environment, and the Origins of the Eastern Agricultural Complex (pdf)

Archaeological Perspectives on Warfare on the Great Plains (pdf)

Life beyond the Boundaries: Constructing Indentity in Edge Regions of the North American Southwest (pdf)

Maihot-Curran: un village Ironquoien du XVIe siècle (pdf)

New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee: Intellectual, Methodological, and Theoretical Contributions (pdf)

In the Eastern Fluted Point Tradition, Volume II (pdf)

North American Before the European Invasions, 2nd Edition (pdf)

  • Routledge
  • By Alice Beck Kehoe
  • Reviewed by Amanda F. Butler

Native American Landscapes: An Engendered Perspective (pdf)

Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium: Introducing Current Perspectives (pdf)

  • Routledge Press
  • By Olivery J. T. Harris and Craig N. Cipolla
  • Reviewed by Timothy R. Pauketat

Main Street Mound A Ridgetop Monument at the East St. Louis Mound Complex (pdf)

Indian Mounds of Wisconsin, Second Edition (pdf)


2017 Book Reviews

Archaeological Remote Sensing in North America: Innovative Techniques for Anthropological Applications (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
Edited by Duncan P. McKinnon and Bryan S. Haley
Reviewed by Robert McCullough


Forging Southeastern Identities: Social Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Folkflore of the Mississippian to Early Historical South (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
Edited by Gregory A. Waselkov and Marvin T. Smith
Reviewed by Alleen Betzenhauser


Archaeological Perspectives on the French in the New World (pdf)
University of Florida Press
Edited by Elizabeth M. Scott
Reviewed by Fay Gitlin


Viewing the Future in the Past (pdf)
University of South Carolina Press
Edited by H. Thomas Foster II, Lisa M. Paciulli, and David J. Goldstein
Reviewed by Michael Brent Lansdell


Mississippian Beginnings (pdf)
University of Florida Press
Edited by Gregory D. Wilson
Reviewed by Meghan E. Buchanan


Vernacular Architecture in the Pre-Columbian Americas (pdf)
Edited by Christina T. Halperin and Lauren E. Schwartz
Reviewed by Cameron H. Lacquement


The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast (pdf)
The University of Alabama Press
By Benjamin A. Steere
Reviewed by B. Jacob Skousen


Chiefdoms: Yesterday and Today (pdf)
Eliot Werner Publications, Inc. 
Edited by Robert L. Carneiro, Leonid E. Grinin, and Andrey V. Korotayev    
Reviewed by Thomas E. Emerson


Medieval Mississippians: The Cahokian World (pdf)
School for Advanced Research Press 
Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Susan M. Alt    
Reviewed by Susan Caba


American Antiquities: Revisiting the Origins of American Archaeology (pdf)
University of Nebraska Press 
by Terry A. Barnhart    
Reviewed by Kenneth B. Farnsworth


2016 Book Reviews

Sunken Dreams: A Jake Caine Archaeology Mystery (pdf)
Five Star Publishing 
by Steven Kuehn    
Reviewed by Victoria E. Potter


Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches (pdf)
University Press of Florida 
Edited by Craig N. Cipolla and Katherine Howlett Hayes     
Reviewed by Dwayne L. Scheid    


Modified Predator Mandible and Maxilla Artifacts and Predator Symbolism in Illinois Hopewell (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey 
by Kenneth B. Farnsworth, Terrance J. Martin, and Angela R. Perri    
Reviewed by T. Cregg Madrigal    


Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State (pdf)
University of South Carolina Press 
by Adam King   
Reviewed by Sarah A. Stephens


The Nature and Pace of Change in American Indian Culture: Pennsylvania, 4000 to 3000 B.P. (pdf)
Penn State University Press 
Edited by R. Michael Stewart, Kurt W. Carr, and Paul A. Raber   
Reviewed by Justin M. Reamer   


Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland (pdf)
University Press of Florida 
Edited by Vincas P. Steponaitis and C. Margaret Scarry  
Reviewed by Thomas E. Emerson  


The Archaeological Guide to Iowa (pdf)
University of Iowa Press 
Edited by William E. Whittaker, Lynn M. Alex, and Mary C. De La Garza 
Reviewed by Thomas Loebel 


The Archaeology of the North American Fur Trade (pdf)
University Press of Florida
by Michael S. Nassaney
Reviewed by Douglas C. Wilson


Transforming the Dead: Culturally Modified Bone in the Prehistoric Midwest (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
Edited by Eve A. Hargrave, Shirley J. Schermer, Kristin M. Hedman, and Robin M. Lillie
Reviewed by George R. Milner


Protohistory at the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia: The Illinois Country on the Eve of Colony (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Edited by Robert F. Mazrim
Reviewed by Jeffery A. Behm


Coming of Age In Chicago: The 1893 World’s Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology (pdf)
University of Nebraska Press
Edited by Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox
Reviewed by Brian Adams


2015 Book Reviews

Building the Past: Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley—Great Lakes (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Brian G. Redmond and Robert A. Genheimer     
Reviewed by William R. Iseminger   


Radiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective, Second Edition (pdf)
Left Coast Press
by R. E. Taylor and Ofer Bar-Yosef      
Reviewed by John P. Hart    


Hopewell Ceremonial Landscapes of Ohio: More than Mounds and Geometric Earthworks (pdf)
Oxbow Books
by Mark J. Lynott      
Reviewed by Mark F. Seeman    


A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp (pdf)
University Press of Florida
by Daniel O. Sayers    
Reviewed by Noeleen McIlvenna  


From These Honored Dead: Historical Archaeology of the American Civil War (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Clarence R. Geier, Douglas S. Scott, and Lawrence E. Babits     
Reviewed by Jonathan E. Reyman   


2014 Book Reviews

The Archaeology of American Cities (pdf)
University Press of Florida
by Nan A. Rothschild and Diana diZerega Wall   
Reviewed by Dr. Claire P. Dappert 


Use of Plants by the Hidatsas of the Northern Plains (pdf)
University of Nebraska Press
by Gilbert Livingston Wilson. Edited and Annotated by Michael Scullin.   
Reviewed by Kimberly Schaefer 


The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers (pdf)
University Press of Florida
by Sherene Baugher and Richard F. Veit  
Reviewed by Dawn Cobb


The Archaeology of Hybrid Material Culture (pdf)
Southern Illinois University Press
Edited by Jeb J. Card 
Reviewed by Susan M. Alt 


Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Tanya Peres 
Reviewed by Heather A. Lapham 


Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, and John J. Crandall
Reviewed by Aimée Carbaugh


The Archaeology of Downtown Cahokia Volume II: The 1960 Excavation of Tract 15B (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey 
Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat
Reviewed by Dr. Adam King


The Archaeology of French and Indian War Frontier Forts (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Lawrence E. Babits and Stephanie Gandulla
Reviewed by Vergil E. Noble 


Critically Reading the Theory and Methods of Archaeology: An Introductory Guide (pdf)
AltaMira Press
by Guy Gibbon
Reviewed by Julie Zimmermann Holt 


Drawing with Great Needles: Ancient Tattoo Traditions of North America (pdf)
University of Texas Press
edited by Aaron Deter-Wolf and Carol Diaz-Granados
Reviewed by Jonathan E. Reyman


The Egan Site: A Massey Phase and White Hall Phase Campsite in Western Illinois (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
by Andrew C. Fortier with contributions by Mary Simon and Emanuel Breitburg
Reviewed by Michael D. Conner


Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World (pdf)
University­ Press­ of­ Florida
Edited by Keith Ashley and Nancy Marie White­
Reviewed by Duane Esarey


Archaic Occupations at White Bend: Helton, Falling Springs, and Hemphill Horizons (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Edited by Richard L. Fishel with contributions by Richard L. Fishel, Michael F. Kolb, Steven R. Kuehn, David J. No- lan, and Mary L. Simon
Reviewed by Steven R. Ahler


Pinson Mounds: Middle Woodland Ceremonialism in the Midsouth (pdf)
The University of Arkansas Press
by Robert C. Mainfort, Jr.
Reviewed by Bret J. Ruby 


The Hoxie Farm Site Fortified Village: Late Fisher Phase Occupation and Fortification in South Chicago (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Edited by Douglas K. Jackson and Thomas E. Emerson
Reviewed by Dale R. Henning


2013 Book Reviews


The Creation of Inequality: How our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire (pdf)
Harvard University Press
by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus
Reviewed by Kenneth E. Sassaman


In the Eastern Fluted Point Tradition (pdf)
University of Utah Press
Edited by Joseph A. M. Gingerich
Reviewed by Brad H. Koldehoff


Native and Spanish New Worlds: Sixteenth Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast (pdf)
University of Arizona Press
Edited by Clay Mathers, Jeffrey M. Mitchem, and Charles M. Haecker
Reviewed by Dr. Mark J. Wagner 


Becoming Brothertown: Native American Ethnogenesis and Endurance in the Modern World (pdf)
University of Arizona Press
by Craig N. Cipolla
Reviewed by Diana DiPaolo Loren 


Community-Based Archaeology: Research with, by, and for Indigenous and Local Communities (pdf)
University of California Press
by Sonya Atalay
Reviewed by Melody Pope 


Paleoindian Lifeways of the Cody Complex (pdf)
University of Utah Press
Edited by Edward J. Knell and Mark P. Muniz
Reviewed by Dr. Thomas J. Loebel


Making Archaeology Happen: Design versus Dogma (pdf)
Left Coast Press
by Marvin Carver
Reviewed by Dr. Thomas E. Emerson


Woodland Potters and Archaeological Ceramics of the North Carolina Coast (pdf)
The University of Alabama Press
by Joseph M. Herbert
Reviewed by Ann S. Cordell


Mound Builders and Monument Makers of the Northern Great Lakes 1200–1600 (pdf)
University of Oklahoma Press
by Meghan C. L. Howey
Reviewed by Robert J. Jeske


Chinese Export Porcelains (pdf)
Left Coast Press
by Andrew D. Madsen and Carolyn L. White
Reviewed by Robert Mazrim


A Persistent Place: A Landscape Approach to The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Greenlee Tract in Southern Ohio (pdf)
Gray & Pape, Inc.
Edited by Matthew P. Purtill, contributions by Karen Leone and Emmanuel Breitburg
Reviewed by A. Gwynn Henderson


Foraging in the Tennessee River Valley: 12,500 to 8,000 Years Ago (pdf)
The University of Alabama Press
by Kandace D. Hollenbach
Reviewed by Dr. Philip J. Carr


Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Ecology in the Far Northeast (pdf)
Texas A&M University Press
Edited by Claude Chapdelaine
Reviewed by Brad H. Koldehoff


Life, Death, Archaeology at Fort Blue Mounds: A Settler’s Fortification of the Black Hawk War (pdf)
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
by Robert A. Birmingham
Reviewed by Vicki Twinde-Javner


The Rhoads Site: A Historic Kickapoo Village on the Illinois Prairie (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
by Mark J. Wagner
Reviewed by Brian G. Redmond


Archaeology of Minnesota: The Prehistory of the Upper Mississippi River Region (pdf)
University of Minnesota Press
by Guy Gibbon
Reviewed by William Green


The Archaeological Imagination (pdf)
Left Coast Press
by Michael Shanks
Reviewed by Sarah E. Baires


At Home in the Illinois Country: French Colonial Domestic Site Archaeology in the Midwest 1730–1800 (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
by Robert F. Mazrim
Reviewed by Ashley A. Dumas


Climate and Culture Change in North America AD 900–1600 (pdf)
University of Texas Press
by William C. Foster
Reviewed by Tristram R. Kidder


Interpreting Ground-penetrating Radar for Archaeology (pdf)
Left Coast Press
by Lawrence B. Conyers
Reviewed by Dr. Michael L. Hargrave


2012 Book Reviews


Spirits of the Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscape of Madison and the Four Lakes (pdf)
The University of Wisconsin Press
by Robert A. Birmingham 
Reviewed by Shirley J. Schermer


The Peabody Man: Jeffrey P. Brain (pdf)
Borgo Press
Edited by Ian W. Brown and Vincas P. Steponaitis
Reviewed by Christopher S. Peebles


Feasting with Shellfish in the Southern Ohio Valley: Archaic Sites and Rituals (pdf)
The University of Tennessee Press
by Cheryl Claassen
Reviewed by Patrick D. Trader


Arch Lake Woman: Physical Anthropology and Geoarchaeology (pdf)
Texas A & M University Press
by Douglas W. Owsley, Margaret A. Jodry, Thomas W. Stafford, Jr., C. Vance Haynes, Jr., and Dennis Stafford
Reviewed by Della Collins Cook


2011 Book Reviews


Sam Dellinger: Raiders of the Lost Arkansas (pdf)
The University of Arkansas Press
by Robert C. Mainfort, Jr.  
Reviewed by John R. Halsey


The Headpots of Northeast Arkansas and Southern Pemiscot County, Missouri (pdf)
The University of Arkansas Press
by James F. Cherry
Reviewed by John P. Hart 


Archaeology and Community Service Learning (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Michael S. Nassaney and Mary Ann Levine
Reviewed by Gail W. Brown 


The Archaeology of Regions: A Case for Full-Coverage Survey (pdf)
Percheron Press
by Suzanne K. Fish and Stephen A. Kowalewski
Reviewed by Michael J. Shott 


The Archaeology of Institutional Life (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
by April M. Beisaw and James G. Gibb
Reviewed by Russell K. Skowronek


2010 Book Reviews


Frontier Forts of Iowa: Indians, Traders, and Soldiers, 1682–1862 (pdf)
University of Iowa Press
Edited by William E. Whittaker 
Reviewed by Michael S. Nassaney 


Digging for History at Old Washington (pdf)
University of Arkansas Press
by Mary L. Kwas with a forward by Jay S. Miller
Reviewed by Timothy E. Baumann 


Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach (pdf)
University of Tennessee Press
by Stephen A. Brighton
Reviewed by Deborah L. Rotman 


Transitions: Archaic and Early Woodland Research in the Ohio Country (pdf)
Ohio University Press
Edited by Martha P. Otto and Brian G. Redmond
Reviewed by Kenneth B. Farnsworth 


1988 Book Reviews


Early Woodland Archaeology (pdf)
Center for American Archeology
Edited by Kenneth B. Farnsworth and Thomas E. Emerson
Reviewed by Kevin P. McGown