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Published in Great Plains Research, 18:2 (Fall 2008). Copyright © 2008 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


For a little over 75 years, Colorado has played host to important discoveries regarding the peopling of the New World during the latest Pleistocene, with the earliest human occupations dating to at least l3,000 years before the present. Frontiers in Colorado Paleoindian Archaeology is a welcome addition to the already large body of research concerning this popular subject. The edited volume contains an introduction, ten chapters broken into three sections, an afterword, and a thorough index. Part 1 provides the context for the volume, including an environmental reconstruction of the Front Range (J.P. Doerner) and an overview of the history of Colorado Paleo indian research (Pitblado and Brunswig). Part 2 contains four important papers regarding the Dent mammoth site, the first well-documented association between humans (Clovis complex) and mammoths in all of North America (Brunswig; D.C. Fisher and D.L. Fox; J.J. Saunders; L.S. Cummings and R.M. Albert). Part 3 offers four assorted papers on pollen and archaeoclimatic reconstructions of northwestern Colorado (Cummings, R.A. Varney, and R.A. Bryson), a site structure analysis ofthe Barger Folsom camp in Middle Park (T.A. Surovell and N.M. Waguespack), an analysis of Paleoindian land use in the Front Range and the Middle/North Park Basins (Brunswig), and the differences between the James Allen and Angostura point complexes of the Southern Rocky Mountains (Pitblado).