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Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 13, No.1, 2003. Copyright © 2003 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


This volume emerged from the 1992 symposium "Geoarchaeological Research in the Great Plains: A Historical Perspective" held in conjunction with the fiftieth annual meeting of the Plains Anthropological Society in Lincoln, Nebraska. Edited by the symposium's organizer, it includes an introduction and summary by Mandel and seven chapters covering portions of the Great Plains. Areas identified and contributing authors include the Southern High Plains (Vance T. Holliday), the Southern Osage Plains (C. Reid Ferring), Kansas and Northern Oklahoma (Rolfe D. Mandel), Eastern Plains and Prairies (E. Arthur Bettis), Nebraska (David W. May), the Northwestern Plains (John Albanese), and the Northern Plains (Joe Alan Artz). Each chapter provides anecdotal references to the significant individuals, events, interactions between disciplines, sites, and advances in the evolution of geoarchaeology in the author's respective subdivisions of the Great Plains. The book's general theme is not an elaboration of major research results that have come from the work of geoarchaeologists. Collectively, the authors relate the changing face of geoarchaeology from (in most cases) the simple relative dating of sites by geoscientists for archaeologists.