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The Agate Basin Site- A Record of the Paleoindian Occupation of the                                                     Northwestern High Plains


George Frison and Dennis Stanford's Agate Basin monograph is not only a classic of Plains Paleoindian archaeology, but also of multidisciplinary research, geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, and experimental archaeology. It is a lucid presentation of meticulously excavated and analyzed sediments, bones and artifacts convey an unmatched sense of the sights, sounds and smells of Paleoindian life on the High Plains-from brutal winters and blistering summers, to killing and butchering bison, and to making lethal weaponry. As Matthew Hill writes, 'Not merely an important volume Agate Basin stands as a foundational document in modern Americanist archaeology and a major accomplishment in American science.'


With contributions by John Albanese, Jane Beiswanger, Bruce Bradley, Carolyn Craig, Emmett Evanoff, Rhoda Owen Lewis, Clayton Marlow, Richard Reider, Danny Walker, and George Zeimens.


Academic Press, Studies in Archaeology, 1982

ISBN 0-12-268570-9

Cloth hardback- original edition signed by George Frison


George C. Frison (November 11, 1924 – September 6, 2020) was an American archaeologist. He received the Society for American Archaeology's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Paleoarchaeologist of the Century Award, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Dennis J. Stanford (13 May 1943 - 24 April 2019was an anthropologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


The Agate Basin Site

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