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[Year]   Review of [Book Name], by [Author Name].  Midcontinental Journal of 
Archaeology [Vol #]: On-Line Book Reviews. 


Green, William
2013   Review of Archaeology of Minnesota: The Prehistory of the Upper Mississippi
           River Region, by Guy Gibbon.  Midcontinental 
Journal of Archaeology 38:On-Line Book Reviews.

2018 Book Reviews

Storage in Ancient Complex Societies: Administration, Organization, and Control (pdf)
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Edited by Linda R. Manzanilla and Mitchell S. Rothham
Reviewed by Alleen Betzenhauser

Transforming the Landscape: Rock Art and the Mississippian Cosmos (pdf)
Oxbow Books
Edited by Carol Diaz-Granados, Jan Simek, George Sabo III, and Mark Wagner
Reviewed by Robert "Ernie" Boszhardt

Investigating the Ordinary: Everyday Matters in Southeast Archaeology (pdf)
The University of Florida Press
By Sarah E. Price and Philip J. Carr
Reviewed by Erin M. Benson

Land of Water, City of the Dead: Religion and Cahokia's Emergence (pdf)
The University of Alamaba Press
By Sarah E. Baires
Reviewed by Gregory D. Wilson

From Colonization to Domestication: Population, Environment, and the Origins of the Eastern Agricultural Complex (pdf)
The University of Utah Press
By D. Shane Miller
Reviewed by Natalie Mueller

Archaeological Perspectives on Warfare on the Great Plains (pdf)
University of Colorado Press
Edited by Andrew J. Clark and Douglas B. Bamforth
Reviewed by Thomas E. Emerson

Life beyond the Boundaries: Constructing Indentity in Edge Regions of the North American Southwest (pdf)
University Press of Colorado
Edited by Karen G. Harry and Sarah Herr
Reviewed by 
Kerry F. Thompson

Maihot-Curran: un village Ironquoien du XVIe siècle (pdf)
Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec
Edited by Claude Chapdelaine
Reviewed by 
Clare Tolmie

New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee: Intellectual, Methodological, and Theoretical Contributions (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
Edited by David H. Dye
Reviewed by 
Michael Brent Lansdell

In the Eastern Fluted Point Tradition, Volume II (pdf)
University of Utah Press
Edited by Joseph A. M. Gingerich
Reviewed by 
John M. Lambert

North American Before the European Invasions, 2nd Edition (pdf)
By Alice Beck Kehoe
Reviewed by 
Amanda F. Butler

Native American Landscapes: An Engendered Perspective (pdf)
University of Tennesee Press
Edited by Cheryl Claasen
Reviewed by 
Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood

Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium: Introducing Current Perspectives (pdf)
Routledge Press
By Olivery J. T. Harris and Craig N. Cipolla
Reviewed by
Timothy R. Pauketat

Main Street Mound A Ridgetop Monument at the East St. Louis Mound Complex (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey Research Reports
Edited by Tamira K. Brennan
Reviewed by David G. Anderson

Indian Mounds of Wisconsin, Second Edition (pdf)
University of Wisconsin Press
By Robert A. Birmingham and Amy L. Rosebrough
Reviewed by 
Albert M. LeBeau III

2017 Book Reviews

Archaeological Remote Sensing in North America: Innovative Techniques for Anthropological Applications (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
Edited by Duncan P. McKinnon and Bryan S. Haley
Reviewed by 
Robert McCullough

Forging Southeastern Identities: Social Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Folkflore of the Mississippian to Early Historical South (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
Edited by Gregory A. Waselkov and Marvin T. Smith
Reviewed by 
Alleen Betzenhauser

Archaeological Perspectives on the French in the New World (pdf)
University of Florida Press
Edited by Elizabeth M. Scott
Reviewed by
Fay Gitlin

Viewing the Future in the Past (pdf)
University of South Carolina Press
Edited by H. Thomas Foster II, Lisa M. Paciulli, and David J. Goldstein
Reviewed by Michael Brent Lansdell

Mississippian Beginnings (pdf)
University of Florida Press
Edited by Gregory D. Wilson
Reviewed by Meghan E. Buchanan

Vernacular Architecture in the Pre-Columbian Americas (pdf)
Edited by Christina T. Halperin and Lauren E. Schwartz
Reviewed by Cameron H. Lacquement

The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast (pdf)
The University of Alabama Press
By Benjamin A. Steere
Reviewed by B. Jacob Skousen

Chiefdoms: Yesterday and Today (pdf)
Eliot Werner Publications, Inc. 
Edited by Robert L. Carneiro, Leonid E. Grinin, and Andrey V. Korotayev    
Reviewed by Thomas E. Emerson

Medieval Mississippians: The Cahokian World (pdf)
School for Advanced Research Press 
Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Susan M. Alt    
Reviewed by Susan Caba

American Antiquities: Revisiting the Origins of American Archaeology (pdf)
University of Nebraska Press 
by Terry A. Barnhart    
Reviewed by Kenneth B. Farnsworth

2016 Book Reviews

Sunken Dreams: A Jake Caine Archaeology Mystery (pdf)
Five Star Publishing 
by Steven Kuehn    
Reviewed by Victoria E. Potter

Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches (pdf)
University Press of Florida 
Edited by Craig N. Cipolla and Katherine Howlett Hayes     
Reviewed by Dwayne L. Scheid    

Modified Predator Mandible and Maxilla Artifacts and Predator Symbolism in Illinois Hopewell (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey 
by Kenneth B. Farnsworth, Terrance J. Martin, and Angela R. Perri    
Reviewed by T. Cregg Madrigal    

Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State (pdf)
University of South Carolina Press 
by Adam King   
Reviewed by Sarah A. Stephens

The Nature and Pace of Change in American Indian Culture: Pennsylvania, 4000 to 3000 B.P. (pdf)
Penn State University Press 
Edited by R. Michael Stewart, Kurt W. Carr, and Paul A. Raber   
Reviewed by Justin M. Reamer   

Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland (pdf)
University Press of Florida 
Edited by Vincas P. Steponaitis and C. Margaret Scarry  
Reviewed by Thomas E. Emerson  

The Archaeological Guide to Iowa (pdf)
University of Iowa Press 
Edited by William E. Whittaker, Lynn M. Alex, and Mary C. De La Garza 
Reviewed by Thomas Loebel 

The Archaeology of the North American Fur Trade (pdf)
University Press of Florida
by Michael S. Nassaney
Reviewed by Douglas C. Wilson

Transforming the Dead: Culturally Modified Bone in the Prehistoric Midwest (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
Edited by Eve A. Hargrave, Shirley J. Schermer, Kristin M. Hedman, and Robin M. Lillie
Reviewed by George R. Milner

Protohistory at the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia: The Illinois Country on the Eve of Colony (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Edited by Robert F. Mazrim
Reviewed by Jeffery A. Behm

Coming of Age In Chicago: The 1893 World’s Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology (pdf)
University of Nebraska Press
Edited by Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox
Reviewed by Brian Adams

2015 Book Reviews

Building the Past: Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley—Great Lakes (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Brian G. Redmond and Robert A. Genheimer     
Reviewed by William R. Iseminger   

Radiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective, Second Edition (pdf)
Left Coast Press
by R. E. Taylor and Ofer Bar-Yosef      
Reviewed by John P. Hart    

Hopewell Ceremonial Landscapes of Ohio: More than Mounds and Geometric Earthworks (pdf)
Oxbow Books
by Mark J. Lynott      
Reviewed by Mark F. Seeman    

A Desolate Place for a Defiant People:
The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans,
and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp

University Press of Florida
by Daniel O. Sayers    
Reviewed by Noeleen McIlvenna  

From These Honored Dead: Historical Archaeology of the American Civil War (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Clarence R. Geier, Douglas S. Scott, and Lawrence E. Babits     
Reviewed by Jonathan E. Reyman   


2014 Book Reviews

The Archaeology of American Cities (pdf)
University Press of Florida
by Nan A. Rothschild and Diana diZerega Wall   
Reviewed by Dr. Claire P. Dappert 

Use of Plants by the Hidatsas of the Northern Plains (pdf)
University of Nebraska Press
by Gilbert Livingston Wilson. Edited and Annotated by Michael Scullin.   
Reviewed by Kimberly Schaefer 

The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers (pdf)
University Press of Florida
by Sherene Baugher and Richard F. Veit  
Reviewed by Dawn Cobb

The Archaeology of Hybrid Material Culture (pdf)
Southern Illinois University Press
Edited by Jeb J. Card 
Reviewed by Susan M. Alt 

Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Tanya Peres 
Reviewed by Heather A. Lapham 

Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, and John J. Crandall
Reviewed by Aimée Carbaugh

The Archaeology of Downtown Cahokia Volume II: The 1960 Excavation of Tract 15B (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey 
Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat
Reviewed by Dr. Adam King

The Archaeology of French and Indian War Frontier Forts (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Lawrence E. Babits and Stephanie Gandulla
Reviewed by Vergil E. Noble 

Critically Reading the Theory and Methods of Archaeology: An Introductory Guide (pdf)
AltaMira Press
by Guy Gibbon
Reviewed by Julie Zimmermann Holt 

Drawing with Great Needles: Ancient Tattoo Traditions of North America (pdf)
University of Texas Press
edited by Aaron Deter-Wolf and Carol Diaz-Granados
Reviewed by Jonathan E. Reyman

The Egan Site: A Massey Phase and White Hall Phase Campsite in Western Illinois (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
by Andrew C. Fortier with contributions by Mary Simon and Emanuel Breitburg
Reviewed by Michael D. Conner

Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World (pdf)
University­ Press­ of­ Florida
Edited by Keith Ashley and Nancy Marie White­
Reviewed by Duane Esarey

Archaic Occupations at White Bend: Helton, Falling Springs, and Hemphill Horizons (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Edited by Richard L. Fishel with contributions by Richard L. Fishel, Michael F. Kolb, Steven R. Kuehn, David J. No- lan, and Mary L. Simon
Reviewed by Steven R. Ahler

Pinson Mounds: Middle Woodland Ceremonialism in the Midsouth (pdf)
The University of Arkansas Press
by Robert C. Mainfort, Jr.
Reviewed by Bret J. Ruby 

The Hoxie Farm Site Fortified Village: Late Fisher Phase Occupation and Fortification in South Chicago (pdf)
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Edited by Douglas K. Jackson and Thomas E. Emerson
Reviewed by Dale R. Henning

2013 Book Reviews

Harvard University Press
by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus
Reviewed by Kenneth E. Sassaman

In the Eastern Fluted Point Tradition (pdf)
University of Utah Press
Edited by Joseph A. M. Gingerich
Reviewed by Brad H. Koldehoff

Native and Spanish New Worlds: Sixteenth Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast (pdf)
University of Arizona Press
Edited by Clay Mathers, Jeffrey M. Mitchem, and Charles M. Haecker
Reviewed by Dr. Mark J. Wagner 

Becoming Brothertown: Native American Ethnogenesis and Endurance in the Modern World (pdf)
University of Arizona Press
by Craig N. Cipolla
Reviewed by Diana DiPaolo Loren 

Community-Based Archaeology: Research with, by, and for Indigenous and Local Communities (pdf)
University of California Press
by Sonya Atalay
Reviewed by Melody Pope 

Paleoindian Lifeways of the Cody Complex (pdf)
University of Utah Press
Edited by Edward J. Knell and Mark P. Muniz
Reviewed by Dr. Thomas J. Loebel

Making Archaeology Happen: Design versus Dogma (pdf)
Left Coast Press
by Marvin Carver
Reviewed by Dr. Thomas E. Emerson

by Joseph M. Herbert
Reviewed by Ann S. Cordell
by Meghan C. L. Howey
Reviewed by Robert J. Jeske
by Andrew D. Madsen and Carolyn L. White
Reviewed by Robert Mazrim
Edited by Matthew P. Purtill, contributions by Karen Leone and Emmanuel Breitburg
Reviewed by A. Gwynn Henderson
by Kandace D. Hollenbach
Reviewed by Dr. Philip J. Carr
Edited by Claude Chapdelaine
Reviewed by Brad H. Koldehoff
by Robert A. Birmingham
Reviewed by Vicki Twinde-Javner
by Mark J. Wagner
Reviewed by Brian G. Redmond
by Guy Gibbon
Reviewed by William Green
by Michael Shanks
Reviewed by Sarah E. Baires
by Robert F. Mazrim
Reviewed by Ashley A. Dumas
by William C. Foster
Reviewed by Tristram R. Kidder
by Lawrence B. Conyers
Reviewed by Dr. Michael L. Hargrave

2012 Book Reviews

Spirits of the Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscape of Madison and the Four Lakes (pdf)
The University of Wisconsin Press
by Robert A. Birmingham 
Reviewed by Shirley J. Schermer

The Peabody Man: Jeffrey P. Brain (pdf)
Borgo Press
Edited by Ian W. Brown and Vincas P. Steponaitis
Reviewed by Christopher S. Peebles

Feasting with Shellfish in the Southern Ohio Valley: Archaic Sites and Rituals (pdf)
The University of Tennessee Press
by Cheryl Claassen
Reviewed by Patrick D. Trader

Arch Lake Woman: Physical Anthropology and Geoarchaeology (pdf)
Texas A & M University Press
by Douglas W. Owsley, Margaret A. Jodry, Thomas W. Stafford, Jr., C. Vance Haynes, Jr., and Dennis Stafford
Reviewed by Della Collins Cook

2011 Book Reviews

Sam Dellinger: Raiders of the Lost Arkansas (pdf)
The University of Arkansas Press
by Robert C. Mainfort, Jr.  
Reviewed by John R. Halsey

The Headpots of Northeast Arkansas and Southern Pemiscot County, Missouri (pdf)
The University of Arkansas Press
by James F. Cherry
Reviewed by John P. Hart 

Archaeology and Community Service Learning (pdf)
University Press of Florida
Edited by Michael S. Nassaney and Mary Ann Levine
Reviewed by Gail W. Brown 

The Archaeology of Regions: A Case for Full-Coverage Survey (pdf)
Percheron Press
by Suzanne K. Fish and Stephen A. Kowalewski
Reviewed by Michael J. Shott 

The Archaeology of Institutional Life (pdf)
University of Alabama Press
by April M. Beisaw and James G. Gibb
Reviewed by Russell K. Skowronek

2010 Book Reviews

Frontier Forts of Iowa: Indians, Traders, and Soldiers, 1682–1862 (pdf)
University of Iowa Press
Edited by William E. Whittaker 
Reviewed by Michael S. Nassaney 

Digging for History at Old Washington
University of Arkansas Press
by Mary L. Kwas with a forward by Jay S. Miller
Reviewed by Timothy E. Baumann 

Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach (pdf)
University of Tennessee Press
by Stephen A. Brighton
Reviewed by Deborah L. Rotman 

Transitions: Archaic and Early Woodland Research in the Ohio Country (pdf)
Ohio University Press
Edited by Martha P. Otto and Brian G. Redmond
Reviewed by Kenneth B. Farnsworth 

1988 Book Reviews

Early Woodland Archaeology (pdf)
Center for American Archeology
Edited by Kenneth B. Farnsworth and Thomas E. Emerson
Reviewed by Kevin P. McGown