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.


Plains archaeologists have long awaited a worthy successor to Waldo Wedel's magisterial Prehistoric Man on the Great Plains (1961). W. Raymond Wood's edited volume pretty much fills the master's very large shoes. As befits the increase in the size of the database and our understanding of the complexity of cultural dynamics on the Plains since Wedel's publication, the fourteen topics into which the book is divided are each examined by different collaborators: "Introduction" (W. Raymond Wood); "The Great Plains Setting" (Marvin Kay); "A History of Great Plains Prehistory" (Richard A. Krause); "The Paleo-Indian Cultures of the Great Plains" (Jack L. Hofman and Russell W. Graham); "The Northwestern and Northern Plains Archaic" (George C. Frison); "The Central and Southern Plains Archaic" (Marvin Kay); "The Plains Woodland" (Ann Mary Johnson and Alfred E. Johnson); "The Central Plains Tradition" (Terry L. Steinacher and Gayle F. Carlson); "The Middle Missouri Tradition" (R. Peter Winham and F. A. Calabrese); "The Coalescent Tradition" (Craig M. Johnson); "The Oneota Tradition" (Dale R. Henning); "The Southern Plains Villagers" (Richard R. Drass); "The Late High Plains Hunters" (Jeffrey R. Hanson); and "Euro-American Archaeology" (Douglas D. Scott). The last is a particularly welcome contribution, an indication of the increasing importance this branch of the discipline is assuming in a post-NAGPRA world.