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Edward Palmer's Arkansaw Mounds, Edward Palmer's Arkansaw Mounds, 0817356126, 0-8173-5612-6, 978-0-8173-5612-5, 9780817356125, , , Edward Palmer's Arkansaw Mounds, 0817383344, 0-8173-8334-4, 978-0-8173-8334-3, 9780817383343,

Edward Palmer's Arkansaw Mounds
Edited and preface by Marvin D. Jeter

Quality Paper
2009. 444 pp.
Price:  $49.95 s
E Book
2009. 444 pp.
Price:  $49.95 d

During the 1880s a massive scientific effort was launched by the Smithsonian Institution to discover who had built the prehistoric burial mounds found throughout the United States. Arkansaw Mounds tells the story of this exploration and of Edward Palmer, one of the nineteenth century’s greatest natural historians and archaeologists, who was recruited to lead the research project. Arkansas was unusually rich in prehistoric remains, especially mounds, and became a major focus of the study. Palmer and his team of researchers discovered that the mounds had been built by the ancestors of the historic North American Indians, shattering the then-popular theory that a lost non-Indian race had built them.

"Jeter is to be commended for a valuable contribution to the scholarship of mound research in the Southeast and the late 19th-century history of American archaeology."

American Antiquity

"This attractive volume places Palmer's work in historical context and measures its legacy in terms of what it adds to our understanding of the past. . . . It is a highly readable and absorbing account of Edward Palmer, his work, his associates, and his times."

Historical Archaeology

"This thoroughly researched volume is highly recommended to anyone—at any level—who is interested in the archaeology of the Southeast."


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