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Published in Great Plains Research 3:1 (February 1993), pp. 115-117. Copyright © 1993 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


This volume is both fascinating and frustrating. The work challenges one of the fundamental assumptions of most archaeological research-the existence of archaeological sites. In the preface, Ebert states that his goal is to bring a number of lines of evidence to bear on what I believe is the most critical question in archaeology today: whether we can continue to think in terms of sites, or whether this most basic unit of archaeological discussion rests upon so many untenable, unarticulated, in fact unarticulatable assumptions as to be a liability to the advancement and credibility of our field (p. xiii).