Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1999


Published in Great Plains Research 9 (Spring 1999). Copyright © 1999 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Using the backdrop of geological, palaeontological, and archaeological data, the authors state their objective as offering "readers an accessible, route-oriented approach to more than 65 outstanding sites in the province, before it was a province." The book is a guide providing basic descriptions of these sites, lavishly supplemented with numerous color photographs and information on how to visit each one. In attempting to strike a fine balance among its different themes, it is neither overwhelming in its detail, nor so superficial as to be useless to all but the complete novice. As an academic and an archaeologist, I approached the book with some trepidation, prepared to be disappointed by what I expected to be a shallow and out-of-date treatment of what I know about Alberta's prehistory. Fortunately, my doubts in this regard were completely unwarranted: the archaeology is as up-to-date as it needs to be, and I learned a great deal more about the geology and palaeontology of this diverse province.