The Nature and Status of Ethnobotany (2nd Edition)

Richard I. Ford

AP 67

Nature and Status, published in 1978, is still a standard text of the discipline, with classic papers exploring theoretical issues, principles of plant utilization, prehistoric economics, and more. A reprint of this watershed volume includes all these classic papers, a new 30-page introduction by Ford, and pages of new references.

An Investigation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Specimens of Mescalbeans in American Museums

William L. Merrill

T 6

Mescal beans were important for many North American tribes in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. Tribes used the beans primarily as decorations (seed beads) for clothing; some tribes consumed the beans for their psychotropic properties as part of ceremonies.

In this volume, the author examines the distribution of mescal bean use and compiles a description of archaeological and ethnographic specimens from dozens of tribes. Illustrated.

Digging for Gold: Papers on Archaeology for Profit

William K. Macdonald

T 5

Editor William K. Macdonald presents several essays on contract archaeology, or archaeological work done by companies or agencies on sites that typically are about to be destroyed by construction. Thomas J. Riley reports on contract archaeology and the academic world; James E. Fitting writes from the perspective of a state archaeologist; Macdonald and Alex H. Townsend report on problems in corporate archaeology; Townsend writes about how contracts are acquired; and Steven A. LeBlanc reports on the need for regions to have an overall research design and to follow best practices in hiring, technological improvements, and storage.

Data on the Abnormal Hemoglobins and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency in Human Populations, 1967–1973

Frank B. Livingstone

T 3

In this work, author Frank B. Livingstone has collected and interpreted data on abnormal hemoglobins and G6PD deficiency in humans around the globe. He reports on blood abnormalities by continent and ethnicity and relates these findings to the historic and prehistoric movements of populations.

LONGTERM and PEAKSCAN: Neutron Activation Analysis Computer Programs

Thomas Meyers and Mark Denies

T 2

In this work, the authors present the history of efforts at the University of Michigan to develop specialized laboratory techniques suitable for measuring trace elements found in prehistoric artifacts. They explain how two early computer programs (PEAKSCAN and LONGTERM) analyzed specimens (particularly chert and obsidian) and how neutron activation analysis is used to identify quantities of certain chemical elements. Researchers then use this data to determine the sources of raw materials used by prehistoric people.