Archive for the 'archaeology' Category

Archaic Hunters and Gatherers in the American Midwest

Monday, July 21, 2008

by James Bennett Griffin & James A. Brown

Call Number: E78 .M67 A72 1983

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Great Lakes Archaeology

Monday, July 21, 2008

by Ronald J. Mason

Call Number: E78 .G7 M37 2002

Originally published in 1981, Great Lakes Archaeology is still the most comprehensive account of Great Lakes peoples, prehistoric, protohistoric and early historic. Great Lakes Archaeology is reprinted here with a brief review of post-1981 research and a list of recommended recent publications. “This book remains the only synthesis focused on the entire Great Lakes area. Aside from the fact that the book is comprehensive in geographic coverage, one of the most important strengths is that Mason is a good writer. Moreover, not only does the work demonstrate the author’s comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the literature, it is heartfelt and humanistic. Given the obvious merit of this volume as a geographically-comprehensive, well-written work I would use it as a text.” Canadian Journal of Archaeology, 27: 326 (2003) “Beyond Mason’s considerable abilities as a synthesizer, we find among his words and sentences a deep feeling for the beauty of the Great Lakes country, the mysteries of its past and the humanity of the Indian people who lived out their lives on its shores. As a summary of Great Lakes peoples, this book is excellent. This book will both apprise the public of archaeology’s contributions to knowledge and serve as a fine introductory text at the college level. It is to be recommended for its contents and literacy; the profession should take a writing lesson from Ron Mason.” Charles E. Cleland in American Anthropologist Ronald J. Mason was born in Canada, discovering archaeology as a child in the Toronto public school system and the Royal Ontario Museum. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and did his graduate work at the University of Michigan. After conducting archaeologic field work for the New Jersey State Museum, Temple University and the National Park Service, he has held positions with the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay and with Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he was Professor of Anthropology, departmental chair and chair-holder of the Henry M. Wriston Professorship of the Social Sciences and where he is now Professor Emeritus. Dr. Mason is the author of many articles in archaeologic and anthropologic journals and four books and monographs. He is presently at work on a large-scale study of archaeologic uses and abuses of oral traditions. (Description by

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

By Ian Shaw

Call Number: DT61 .S57 2004

Ian Shaw describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on discoveries made by early Egyptologists, but also on fascinating new kinds of evidence produced by modern scientific and linguistic analysis. He also explores the changing influences on our responses to these finds, through such media as literature, cinema, and contemporary art. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of ancient Egypt, from despotic pharaohs to dismembered bodies, and from hieroglyphs to animal-headed gods.

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

By Mark Winne

Call Number: HC110 .P6 W53 2008

From the War on Poverty to new farmers’ markets, a food expert tackles America’s dangerous dietary split

Limp lettuce. Rotting apples. Dusty cans of spinach, corn, and peas under glaring fluorescent lights. Such a setting does not appeal to the modern shopper, who much prefers softly lit stores stocked with fresh produce and healthy prepared meals, or even open-air markets. But for many impoverished Americans, as Mark Winne explains, such pleasant shopping experiences are simply not an option.

Closing the Food Gap tells the story of how we get our food: from poor people at food pantries or bodegas and convenience stores to the more comfortable classes, who increasingly seek out organic and local products. Winne’s exploration starts in the 1960s, when domestic poverty was “rediscovered,” and shows how communities since that time have responded to malnutrition with a slew of strategies and methods. But the story is also about doing that work against a backdrop of ever-growing American food influence and gastronomical expectations.

Calling largely on his own experience in this field, mixing in surprisingly witty observations on our evolving relationships with food, Winne ultimately envisions realistic partnerships in which family farms and impoverished communities come together to address their continuing struggles.

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

By J. Blaine Hudson

Call Number: E450 .H855 2006

Fugitive slaves were reported in the American colonies as early as the 1640s, and escapes escalated with the growth of slavery over the next two hundred years. As the number of fugitives rose, the Southern states pressed for harsher legislation that they thought would prevent escapes. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 criminalized any assistance, active or passive, to a runaway slave-yet it only encouraged the behavior it sought to prevent. Friends of the fugitive, whose previous assistance to runaways had been somewhat haphazard, increased their efforts at organization. By the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the Underground Railroad included members, defined stops, set escape routes and a code language.

From the Abolitionist Movement to the Zionville Baptist Missionary Church, this encyclopedia focuses on the people, ideas, events and places associated with the interrelated histories of fugitive slaves, the African American struggle for equality and the American antislavery movement. Information is drawn from primary sources such as public records, document collections, slave autobiographies and antebellum newspapers.

Entries contain pointers to related entries and suggestions for further research. Appendices include information such as a geographical listing of selected friends of the fugitive, noted Underground Railroad sites administered by the National Parks Service, a bibliography of slave autobiographies and selected Underground Railroad songs. A chronology of slavery and the Underground Railroad is also included.

Chronicles of the Crusades

Monday, July 7, 2008

By Geoffroi De Villehardouin and Jean De Joinville (author), Sir Frank Marzials (Translator)

Call Number: D164 .A3 M46 2007

The most authoritative, firsthand accounts available of the Holy Wars, this work collects both Villehardouin’s Conquest of Constantinople and Joinville’s Life of Saint Louis. Veterans of the Fourth and Seventh Crusades, the former soldiers provide an engrossing narrative that recounts the terrifying battles, unspeakable atrocities, and the religious and political fervor that sparked the two-hundred year campaign.