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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 128-129. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Douglas Bamforth and his colleagues demonstrate in this edited volume the valuable role in modern archaeology for thoughtful reinvestigation of previously studied site locations and archaeological collections. Containing 14 chapters by 11 contributors, The Allen Site includes comprehensive paleoenvironmental research and detailed reanalysis of cultural materials recovered from renowned excavations conducted in the Medicine Creek Basin between 1947 and 1949, deposits that hold a series of human occupations ranging from 10,550 to 8,000 radiocarbon years in age. These new studies provide valuable improvements to our understanding of environmental change and early human adaptations during the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene on the Central Great Plains. The book also offers essential perspectives on the original paleontological and archaeological research in this region with a primary focus on the Allen Site (although updated geomorphic and paleoenvironmental information is presented for the nearby sites of Red Smoke, Lime Creek, and Stafford).