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The Great Basin

The Great Basin Author Donald Grayson
ISBN-10 9780520267473
Release 2011-04-18
Pages 418
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"The Great Basin, centering on Nevada and including substantial parts of California, Oregon, and Utah, gets its name from the fact that none of its rivers or streams flow to the sea. This book synthesizes the past 25,000 years of the natural history of this vast region. It explores the extinct animals that lived in the Great Basin during the Ice Age and recounts the rise and fall of the massive Ice Age lakes that existed here. It explains why trees once grew 13' beneath what is now the surface of Lake Tahoe, explores the nearly two dozen Great Basin mountain ranges that once held substantial glaciers, and tells the remarkable story of how pinyon pine came to cover some 17,000,000 acres of the Great Basin in the relatively recent past.These discussions culminate with the impressive history of the prehistoric people of the Great Basin, a history that shows how human societies dealt with nearly 13,000 years of climate change on this often-challenging landscape"--Provided by publisher.

Perspectives on Prehistoric Trade and Exchange in California and the Great Basin

Perspectives on Prehistoric Trade and Exchange in California and the Great Basin Author Richard E. Hughes
ISBN-10 9781607812005
Release 2012-03-13
Pages 292
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This volume investigates the circumstances and conditions under which trade/exchange, direct access, and/or mobility best account for material conveyance across varying distances at different times in the past.


ISBN-10 1560989335
Release 1998-10-17
Pages 356
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Main Selection, Natural Science Book Club. Spanning 25,000 years and covering topics that range from Pleistocene glaciers to the ill-fated Donner Party, The Desert's Past presents the first complete synthesis of the environmental and human history of North America's Great Basin.

Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats

Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats Author Donald K. Grayson
ISBN-10 1607814692
Release 2016-04-15
Pages 320
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Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats book for free.

Quantitative Zooarchaeology

Quantitative Zooarchaeology Author Donald K. Grayson
ISBN-10 9781483299440
Release 2014-06-28
Pages 202
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Quantitative Zooarchaeology

Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau

Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau Author Steven R Simms
ISBN-10 9781315434964
Release 2016-07-01
Pages 383
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Written to appeal to professional archaeologists, students, and the interested public alike, this book is a long overdue introduction to the ancient peoples of the Great Basin and northern Colorado Plateau. Through detailed syntheses, the reader is drawn into the story of the habitation of the Great Basin from the entry of the first Native Americans through the arrival of Europeans. Ancient Peoples is a major contribution to Great Basin archaeology and anthropology, as well as the general study of foraging societies.

Oregon Archaeology

Oregon Archaeology Author C. Melvin Aikens
ISBN-10 0870716069
Release 2011
Pages 496
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Archaeological research has revealed much about Oregon's history in the last twenty years.Oregon Archaeologyincorporates this new knowledge, telling the story of Native American cultures in Oregon beginning with the earliest evidence of human occupation about 14,000 years ago and continuing into the nineteenth century. It includes selected studies in contact-historic period archaeology to illustrate aspects of first encounters between Native Americans and newcomers of European and Asian heritage, as well as important trends in the development of modern Oregon. Oregon's early human history is linked to four of the five major cultural regions of western North America: the Great Basin, the Columbia Plateau, the Northwest Coast, and California.Oregon Archaeologyoffers a coherent and unified history of an area that is highly differentiated geographically and culturally. A historical narrative informed by evidence from critical sites,Oregon Archaeologyis enriched with maps, photographs, line drawings, and an extensive bibliography.Oregon Archaeologyis an essential reference for archaeology professionals and students, and also for general readers interested in Oregon's Native American culture and history.

The Sagebrush Ocean

The Sagebrush Ocean Author
ISBN-10 9780874173437
Release 1999
Pages 248
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This 10th anniversary edition, with text, photographs, and a new preface by Stephen Trimble, celebrates the Great Basin wilderness in all seasons.


Amber Author Andrew Ross
ISBN-10 0674017293
Release 1998
Pages 73
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The fossilized resin of ancient trees, amber preserves organic material--most commonly insects and other invertebrates--and with it the shape and surface detail that are usually obliterated or hopelessly distorted during the mineralization we associate with fossils. This fascinating substance offers a unique intersection of the fields of paleontology, botany, entomology, and mineralogy.

The Statues that Walked

The Statues that Walked Author Terry Hunt
ISBN-10 1439154341
Release 2011-06-21
Pages 256
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The monumental statues of Easter Island, both so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands, have built such monumental works? No such astonishing numbers of massive statues are found anywhere else in the Pacific. How could the islanders possibly have moved so many multi-ton monoliths from the quarry inland, where they were carved, to their posts along the coastline? And most intriguing and vexing of all, if the island once boasted a culture developed and sophisticated enough to have produced such marvelous edifices, what happened to that culture? Why was the island the Europeans encountered a sparsely populated wasteland? The prevailing accounts of the island’s history tell a story of self-inflicted devastation: a glaring case of eco-suicide. The island was dominated by a powerful chiefdom that promulgated a cult of statue making, exercising a ruthless hold on the island’s people and rapaciously destroying the environment, cutting down a lush palm forest that once blanketed the island in order to construct contraptions for moving more and more statues, which grew larger and larger. As the population swelled in order to sustain the statue cult, growing well beyond the island’s agricultural capacity, a vicious cycle of warfare broke out between opposing groups, and the culture ultimately suffered a dramatic collapse. When Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo began carrying out archaeological studies on the island in 2001, they fully expected to find evidence supporting these accounts. Instead, revelation after revelation uncovered a very different truth. In this lively and fascinating account of Hunt and Lipo’s definitive solution to the mystery of what really happened on the island, they introduce the striking series of archaeological discoveries they made, and the path-breaking findings of others, which led them to compelling new answers to the most perplexing questions about the history of the island. Far from irresponsible environmental destroyers, they show, the Easter Islanders were remarkably inventive environmental stewards, devising ingenious methods to enhance the island’s agricultural capacity. They did not devastate the palm forest, and the culture did not descend into brutal violence. Perhaps most surprising of all, the making and moving of their enormous statutes did not require a bloated population or tax their precious resources; their statue building was actually integral to their ability to achieve a delicate balance of sustainability. The Easter Islanders, it turns out, offer us an impressive record of masterful environmental management rich with lessons for confronting the daunting environmental challenges of our own time. Shattering the conventional wisdom, Hunt and Lipo’s ironclad case for a radically different understanding of the story of this most mysterious place is scientific discovery at its very best.

Encyclopedia of Prehistory Complete set of Volumes 1 8 and Volume 9 the index volume

Encyclopedia of Prehistory Complete set of Volumes 1 8 and Volume 9  the index volume Author Peter N. Peregrine
ISBN-10 0306462648
Release 2003-05-31
Pages 2900
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The Encyclopedia of Prehistory, with regionally organized entries on each major archaeological tradition, is a comprehensive overview of human history from two million years ago to the historic period. Prepared under the auspices and with the support of the Human Relations Area Files, and an internationally distinguished advisory board, the Encyclopedia is organized regionally with entries on each major archaeological tradition, written by noted experts in the field and edited by Peter N. Peregrine and Melvin Ember. The volumes follow a standard format and employ comparable units of description and analysis, making them easy to use and compare. -Volume 1 focuses on Africa. -Volume 2 focuses on Arctic and Sub Arctic. -Volume 3 focuses on East Asia and Oceania. -Volume 4 focuses on Europe. -Volume 5 focuses on Middle America. -Volume 6 focuses on North America. -Volume 7 focuses on South America. -Volume 8 focuses on South & Southwest Asia. -Volume 9 is the index volume.

The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta

The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta Author David B. Madsen
ISBN-10 1607813939
Release 2015-03-15
Pages 280
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Synthesis and interpretation of ten years of archaeology and paleoecology along the Great Basin's Old River Bed Delta

Europe Between the Oceans

Europe Between the Oceans Author Barry W. Cunliffe
ISBN-10 0300119232
Release 2008
Pages 518
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Distinguished archaeologist Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting political land boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas, in this history that presents an engaging new understanding of Old Europe.

Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of California and the Great Basin

Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of California and the Great Basin Author Noel D. Justice
ISBN-10 0253108837
Release 2002-05-23
Pages 560
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Noel Justice adds another regional guide to his series of important reference works that survey, describe, and categorize the projectile point and cutting tools used in prehistory by Native American peoples. This volume addresses the region of California and the Great Basin. Written for archaeologists and amateur collectors alike, the book describes over 50 types of stone arrowhead and spear points according to period, culture, and region. With the knowledge of someone trained to fashion projectile points with techniques used by the Indians, Justice describes how the points were made, used, and re-sharpened. His detailed drawings illustrate the way the Indians shaped their tools, what styles were peculiar to which regions, and how the various types can best be identified. There are hundreds of drawings, organized by type cluster and other identifying characteristics. The book also includes distribution maps and color plates that will further aid the researcher or collector in identifying specific periods, cultures, and projectile types.

Believing in Place

Believing in Place Author Richard V. Francaviglia
ISBN-10 0874175429
Release 2003
Pages 289
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Believing in Place is a reflection on the ways that human needs and spiritual traditions can shape our perceptions of the land. That the Great Basin has inspired such a complex variety of responses is partly due to its enigmatic vastness and isolation, partly to the remarkable range of peoples who have found themselves in the region. Using not only the materials of traditional geography but folklore, anthropology, Native American and Euro-American religion, contemporary politics, and New Age philosophies, Francaviglia has produced a timely investigation of the role of human conceptions of place in that space we call the Great Basin.

California Prehistory

California Prehistory Author Terry L. Jones
ISBN-10 0759108722
Release 2007
Pages 394
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This is the reader of original synthesizing articles for introductory courses on archaeology and native peoples of California.

Relicts of a Beautiful Sea

Relicts of a Beautiful Sea Author Christopher Norment
ISBN-10 9781469618678
Release 2014-09-29
Pages 288
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Along a tiny spring in a narrow canyon near Death Valley, seemingly against all odds, an Inyo Mountain slender salamander makes its home. "The desert," writes conservation biologist Christopher Norment, "is defined by the absence of water, and yet in the desert there is water enough, if you live properly." Relicts of a Beautiful Sea explores the existence of rare, unexpected, and sublime desert creatures such as the black toad and four pupfishes unique to the desert West. All are anomalies: amphibians and fish, dependent upon aquatic habitats, yet living in one of the driest places on earth, where precipitation averages less than four inches per year. In this climate of extremes, beset by conflicts over water rights, each species illustrates the work of natural selection and the importance of conservation. This is also a story of persistence--for as much as ten million years--amid the changing landscape of western North America. By telling the story of these creatures, Norment illustrates the beauty of evolution and explores ethical and practical issues of conservation: what is a four-inch-long salamander worth, hidden away in the heat-blasted canyons of the Inyo Mountains, and what would the cost of its extinction be? What is any lonely and besieged species worth, and why should we care?