Native American Archaeology in the National Park
In Before Yellowstone, Douglas MacDonald tells the story of these early people as revealed by archaeological research into nearly 2,000 sites—many of which he helped survey and excavate. He describes and explains the significance of archaeological areas such as the easy-to-visit Obsidian Cliff, where hunters obtained volcanic rock to make tools and for trade, and Yellowstone Lake, a traditional place for gathering edible plants. MacDonald helps readers understand the archaeological methods used and the limits of archaeological knowledge. From Clovis points associated with mammoth hunting to stone circles marking the sites of tipi lodges, Before Yellowstone brings to life a fascinating story of human engagement with this stunning landscape.
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"Fills an important educational and outreach gap in the prehistory and archaeological record of Yellowstone National Park."—Mark Baumler, Montana State Historic Preservation Officer
"This important and timely volume balances our understanding of the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park with its fascinating prehistoric past. The lifeways of Native Yellowstone peoples are presented here as never before, the result of many years of exciting archaeological research."—Pei-Lin Yu, associate professor of anthropology, Boise State University
"This carefully crafted, well-researched book serves as an important introduction to the body of information collected by archaeologists in Yellowstone National Park. Before Yellowstone provides a comprehensive, integrated overview of human occupation for the last 11,000 years, and will be useful to anyone interested in the cultural history of the Greater Yellowstone region."—Beth Horton, park archaeologist, Yellowstone National Park
"MacDonald offers a rare glimpse into the depth of American Indian interactions with one of the country's greatest treasures. Before Yellowstone will help you forge a different connection with the park."—Joe Watkins, (Choctaw), Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland
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