Catalogue

COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations.

Folsom [electronic resource] : archaeological investigations at the Paleoindian type site /
David J. Meltzer ; with contributions by Meena Balakrishnan ... [et al.].
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006.
description
xiv, 374 p.
ISBN
0520246446 (case : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
More Details
added author
added author
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006.
isbn
0520246446 (case : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8840698
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Excerpts
Flap Copy
"This book has been nearly 100 years in the making. Since its discovery in 1908, the full story of the Folsom site has been waiting to be told. Finally, it's all here between two covers--the site itself, and the story of its discovery."--Robert Kelly, author ofThe Foraging Spectrum, and former president of the Society for American Archaeology "This book is the culmination of a monumental research effort. It documents and evaluates the data collected and personalities involved in the initial investigations over seven decades ago. It includes the results of a well-planned and executed research effort taking advantage of all resources presently available. Meltzer blends all this into a readable, understandable, and long overdue final report on the Folsom site."--George C. Frison, author ofSurvival by Hunting "Discoveries at the Folsom site in 1926-27 brought remarkable changes to our perceptions of American prehistory. Meltzer returned and brought 70 years of advancement in the discipline to bear on lingering questions and then wrote this eloquent account that mirrors the history of American archaeology."--Michael B. Collins, The University of Texas at Austin "This is an instant classic. Meltzer draws his readers in like Bison antiquus coming to water. When he springs his trap--baited with unassailable evidence from documentary and archaeological research--he scores big time.Ê Folsom may have just established a new standard of archaeological reportage."--David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History
Flap Copy
"This book has been nearly 100 years in the making. Since its discovery in 1908, the full story of the Folsom site has been waiting to be told. Finally, it's all here between two covers--the site itself, and the story of its discovery."--Robert Kelly, author of "The Foraging Spectrum," and former president of the Society for American Archaeology "This book is the culmination of a monumental research effort. It documents and evaluates the data collected and personalities involved in the initial investigations over seven decades ago. It includes the results of a well-planned and executed research effort taking advantage of all resources presently available. Meltzer blends all this into a readable, understandable, and long overdue final report on the Folsom site."--George C. Frison, author of "Survival by Hunting" "Discoveries at the Folsom site in 1926-27 brought remarkable changes to our perceptions of American prehistory. Meltzer returned and brought 70 years of advancement in the discipline to bear on lingering questions and then wrote this eloquent account that mirrors the history of American archaeology."--Michael B. Collins, The University of Texas at Austin "This is an instant classic. Meltzer draws his readers in like Bison antiquus coming to water. When he springs his trap--baited with unassailable evidence from documentary and archaeological research--he scores big time. Folsom may have just established a new standard of archaeological reportage."--David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History
Flap Copy
"This book has been nearly 100 years in the making. Since its discovery in 1908, the full story of the Folsom site has been waiting to be told. Finally, it's all here between two covers--the site itself, and the story of its discovery."--Robert Kelly, author of The Foraging Spectrum , and former president of the Society for American Archaeology "This book is the culmination of a monumental research effort. It documents and evaluates the data collected and personalities involved in the initial investigations over seven decades ago. It includes the results of a well-planned and executed research effort taking advantage of all resources presently available. Meltzer blends all this into a readable, understandable, and long overdue final report on the Folsom site."--George C. Frison, author of Survival by Hunting "Discoveries at the Folsom site in 1926-27 brought remarkable changes to our perceptions of American prehistory. Meltzer returned and brought 70 years of advancement in the discipline to bear on lingering questions and then wrote this eloquent account that mirrors the history of American archaeology."--Michael B. Collins, The University of Texas at Austin "This is an instant classic. Meltzer draws his readers in like Bison antiquus coming to water. When he springs his trap--baited with unassailable evidence from documentary and archaeological research--he scores big time. Folsom may have just established a new standard of archaeological reportage."--David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Meltzer's summary of past research at the Folsom site is a stunning, readable reporting of one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America. In 1927 this site established the antiquity of humans in the New World by demonstrating that they were contemporaneous with an extinct form of bison. Meltzer (Southern Methodist Univ.) not only covers the work he and an earlier generation did at the site, but explores why it took this particular site to demonstrate human antiquity. In fact, the field was primed for just such a discovery; within 10 years, the find served to order a great deal of prehistory that previously had been assumed to be quite recent. This is a point that should be remembered in light of recent announcements of even earlier finds in the New World. Well illustrated with photos, drawings, and site plans and accompanied by exhaustive analyses of tools and faunal remains, this model of clarity is a must for academic libraries serving graduate and undergraduate programs in archaeology, anthropology, and vertebrate paleontology. Though technical in content, the volume also has a place in larger libraries with diverse users. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. R. B. Clay formerly, University of Kentucky
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Choice, April 2007
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Back Cover Copy
"This book has been nearly 100 years in the making. Since its discovery in 1908, the full story of the Folsom site has been waiting to be told. Finally, it's all here between two covers--the site itself, and the story of its discovery."--Robert Kelly, author of "The Foraging Spectrum, and former president of the Society for American Archaeology
Bowker Data Service Summary
This interdisciplinary study provides a comprehensive look at the adaptations and environments of the late Ice Age Paleondian hunters who killed a large herd of bison at this spot, as well as a measure of Folsom's pivotal role in American archaeology.
Long Description
In the late 1920s outside a sleepy remote New Mexico village, prehistory was made. Spear points, found embedded between the ribs of an extinct Ice Age bison at the site of Folsom, finally resolved decades of bitter scientific controversy over whether the first Americans had arrived in the New World in Ice Age times. Although Folsom is justly famous in the history of archaeology for resolving that dispute, for decades little was known of the site except that it was very old. This book for the first time tells the full story of Folsom. David J. Meltzer deftly combines the results of extensive new excavations and laboratory analyses from the late 1990s, with the results of a complete examination and analysis of all the original artifacts and bison remains recovered in the 1920s - now scattered in museums and small towns across the country. Using the latest in archaeological method and technique, and bringing in data from geology and paleoecology, this interdisciplinary study provides a comprehensive look at the adaptations and environments of the late Ice Age Paleoindian hunters who killed a large herd of bison at this spot, as well as a measure of Folsom's pivotal role in American archaeology.
Table of Contents
Introduction : the Folsom Paleoindian sitep. 1
Folsom and the human antiquity controversy in Americap. 22
Situating the site and setting the ecological stagep. 51
Archaeological research designs, methods, and resultsp. 84
Geology, paleotopography, stratigraphy, and geochronologyp. 112
Late glacial climate and ecologyp. 154
The faunal assemblage and bison bonebed taphonomyp. 205
Artifacts, technological organization, and mobilityp. 247
Folsom : from prehistory to historyp. 295
Field procedures and protocolsp. 309
The Folsom diary of Carl Schwachheimp. 316
Historical archaeology of the Folsom sitep. 325
Sediment mineralogy and bone preservationp. 331
Defining Folsom : theme and variationsp. 338
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem