Indians Before Columbus: Twenty Thousand Years of North American History Revealed by Archaeology

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Author: Martin, Paul Sidney (1899-1974), George I Quimby and Donald Colier

Year: 1947

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Place: Chicago


xxiii+582 pages with frontispiece, maps, figures, charts, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original jacket. First edition.

From the remains of material culture of early Americans - from fragments of pottery, many-storied cliff-houses, Indian mounds, and stone tools - archaeologists have reconstructed twenty thousand years of American prehistory. Indians before Columbus illustrates for the layman and student, through these reconstructions, the nature and purposes of archaeology in general and traces in particular the basic trends of cultural development among the pre-Columbian Indians of North America. It summarizes the North American archaeological evidence, outlining cultures chronologically in each geographical area. The authors have traced the basic trends in cultural development in each area and have illustrated many of them by the histories of the development of pottery and agriculture. They follow the threads of continuous adaptation to environment, of continuous specialization, and of independent invention, through which the series of regional Indian cultures developed in North America. Different from one another and from their Asiatic predecessors, these regional cultures nevertheless interacted upon each other, and received stimuli from their Mexican and Central American neighbors.


Small split at head spine ends, edges lightly rubbed. Jacket lightly soiled, spine ends chipped with 1/4" loss else a very good copy in like jacket.

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