This expanded edition of Indians and Archaeology of Missouri gives an excellent introduction to the cultural development of Missouri's Indians during the past twelve thousand years. Providing a new chapter on the Hunter Foragers of the Dalton period and substantial revision of other chapters to incorporate recent discoveries, the Chapmans present knowledge based upon decades of experience with archaeological excavations in an understandable and fascinating form.
The first edition of Indians and Archaeology of Missouri has been recognized in Missouri and nationally as one of the best books of its kind. The Missouri Historical Review called it "simply indispensable." The Plains Anthropologist added similar praise: "Clearly written and exceptionally well illustrated...it is the answer to the amateur's prayers." Archaeology described it as "a boon to Missouri's many amateur archaeologists, a useful source of information for professionals and interesting reading for the layman."
Carl H. Chapman, widely recognized as Missouri's premier archaeologist, is Professor of Anthropology and Research Professor in American Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is also author of The Archaeology of Missouri, 2 vols. (University of Missouri Press, 1965, 1980), and Osage Indians III: The Origin of the Osage Indian Tribe (Garland Press, 1974). Eleanor F. Chapman, who has illustrated various archaeological publications since 1946, is co-author with Henry and Jean Hamilton of Spiro Mound Copper (Missouri Archaeological Society, Memoir 11, 1979). She is also the illustrator of both volumes of The Archaeology of Missouri.