Contributors: David A. Baerreis, David W. Benn, E. Arthur Bettis
III, Carl R. Falk, Thomas M. Freitag, David M. Hovde, R. Stanley Riggle,
Holmes A. Semken, Jr.
"This volume presents a wealth of new data and will be useful
to everyone working with Plains Woodland materials for years to come.
. . . A fine achievement. Dave Benn, his collaborators, and the Iowa
Office of the State Archaeologist deserve hearty congratulations for
production of this volume. The OSA "Report" series is consistently
of high quality and Ranbow certainly measures up. The volume
will endure as the standard against which future Woodland archaeology
in the region is measured."
"This book is an essential reference for all serious students
of Northeastern Plains and Prairie Peninsula prehistory. . . . There
is a comprehensive explanatory model for regional culture change from
late in the Archaic through Woodland and into the Plains Village period.
. . . The biggest success of this book relates to the project objectives
of reconstructing the nature of Prairie Woodland social formation and
accounting for processes of culture change from the beginning to the
end of Woodland times in the Prairie Peninsula."
"Benn's determination to be critical, self-conscious and theoretically
informed is a tonic to naive interpretations and simple description.
Whether or not the reader is convinced by Benn's arguments, he deserves
credit for the attempt to develop theory in the inference of prehistoric
Plains cultures. Iowa's Office of the State Archaeologist has produced
informative monographs for over 20 years. The Rainbow report
is a valuable addition to the series."
"A fine example of the relevance of geoarchaeological research
to Late Holocene archaeology. . . . An inspiration to anyone interested
in probing more deeply into the issue of paleoclimatic reconstruction
from archaeological data. . . . An invaluable, up-to-date review that
specialists and nonspecialists alike will find of value."
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