George Frison and Dennis Stanford's Agate Basin monograph is not only a classic of Plains paleoindian archaeology, but also of multidisciplinary research, geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, and experimental archaeology. Lucid presentation of meticulously excavated and analyzed sediments, bones and artifacts convey an unmatched sense of the sights, sounds and smells of Paleoindian life on the High Plains-from brutal winters and blistering summers, to killing and butchering bison, and to making lethal weaponry.
As Matthew Hill writes in his new prologue, 'Not merely an important volume of the Frison canon, Agate Basin stands as a foundational document in modern Americanist archaeology and a major accomplishment in American science.'
Originally published by Academic Press in 1982
George C. Frison is an American archaeologist. He has been given the Society for American Archaeology's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Paleoarchaeologist of the Century Award, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dennis J. Stanford is an anthropologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Matthew G. Hill is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Iowa State University.
Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition, Matthew G. Hill Acknowledgements Chapter One. Introduction George C. Frison The Site Locality History of Site Excavations Artifact Collections Chapter Two. Archaeology 1. Stratigraphy George C. Frison 2. Folsom Components George C. Frison 3. Agate Base Components George C. Frison and Dennis J. Stanford 4. Hell Gap Components George C. Frison 5. The Sheaman Site: A Clovis Component George C. Frison 6. Bone, Antler, and Ivory Artifacts and Manufacture Technology George C. Frison and Carolyn Craig 7. Raw Stone Flaking Material Sources George C. Frison 8. Radiocarbon Dates George C. Frison Chapter Three. Lithic Technology 1. Flaked Stone Technology and Typology Bruce A. Bradley 2. Fluting of Folsom Projectile Points George C. Frison and Bruce A. Bradley Chapter Four. Faunal Studies 1. Analysis of Postcranial Bison Remains George M Zeimens 2. Bison Dentition Studies George C. Frison 3. Bison Taxonomy George C. Frison 4. Bison Procurement George C. Frison 5. Cultural Modifications of Bone from Pronghorn (Antilocapra Americana) and Other Small Animals Danny N. Walker 6. Early Holocene Vertebrate Fauna Danny N. Walker Chapter Five. Paleoecological Studies 1. Geologic Investigation John Albanese 2. Soil Development and Paleoenvironments Richard G. Reider 3. Vegetation Ecology Clayton Marlow 4. Pollen Analysis Jane M. Beiswenger 5. Phytolith Studies Rhoda Owen Lewis 6. Fossil Nonmarine Gastropods Emmett Evanoff Chapter Six. Summary and Conclusions George C. Frison and Dennis J. Stanford Appendix References Name Index Subject Index