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Over the years, Scarecrow's series of historical dictionaries have usually taken one specific geographic region as their focus, presenting a chronology of important events, places, and personages, covering each in detail. Anthropologist Wesson (a specialist on the Eastern Woodlands) effectively adapts this format to the pool of archaeological and historical data on North America, 11,000 BCE-1850 CE. The volume opens by concisely introducing the regional prehistoric culture sequences of the continent and providing valuable background on the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, Southwestern, Mississipian, and European contact periods. Individual entries are clearly written with cross-references printed in boldface. The selected bibliography offers a contemporary perspective on the diverse research being conducted on ancient North America. It opens with an essay that discusses good basic overview texts and publications; lists materials drawn from history, regional archaeologies, the arts, mythology, and literature and language; and cites major journals and Web sites. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Most useful for university libraries supporting degree programs in anthropology, archaeology, and history, although museum libraries should consider it for their social science holdings. R. B. M. Ridinger Northern Illinois University
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