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"Together, Simms and Gohier take readers back in time."—Deseret News


"Simms's book is excellent! I really like his take on Fremont, I like the narrative descriptions of various Fremont settlements, and I like his treatment of rock art balanced and scholarly without losing the interest and excitement of that astonishing Fremont medium."—Stephen H. Lekson, professor of anthropology and curator, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History


"An interesting read as well as a visual treat."—Utah Historical Quarterly


"Simms commendably presents complex debates in contemporary archaeology about Fremont society, far exceeding the usual descriptive and simple theorizing fare that characterizes much popular archaeological literature. The book is beautifully illustrated with stunning photography of Fremont material culture and rock art, complemented by text that lucidly outlines a model of Fremont society and origins that Simms has been developing over the years, making the book also relevant to professional archaeologists."—New Mexico Historical Review

About the Author

Steven R. Simms is a professor of anthropology at Utah State University. He is the author of Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.; François Gohier grew up in the Basque country in southwest France. He is a professional photographer and lives in San Diego, California.   

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press; 1st Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607810115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607810117
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven R. Simms is a Professor of Anthropology at Utah State University, Logan, Utah where he has taught since 1988. He has done archaeological field work across the United States and in the Middle East for nearly 40 years. Many of his earliest archaeological experiences were at Anasazi and Fremont sites, and he attended the University of Utah Archaeology Field School in 1973 at the large Fremont site, the Evans Mound, under the direction of Jesse D. Jennings. Simms has authored over 100 scientific publications, technical reports, and monographs. He is a contributor to The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times (2008 School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico), and the author of Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau (2008 Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California), and Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah (2010 University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City).


The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times (2008 School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico). Written for a popular audience, this book is also important to archaeologists working outside of the Great Basin who seek to place their work in larger context. I require it to be read by my graduate students to expand their thinking and writing beyond the technical literature.

Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau (2008 Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California). This is the only general synthesis of this expansive region. One archaeologist told me he recommends this book to his Southwesternist colleagues because this book tells the story of the Great Basin on a continental scale.

Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah (2010 University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City). Spectacular photography by Francois Gohier is paired with a narrative written for a public audience to set forth a new perspective on the Fremont culture, the northernmost of the Southwestern farming cultures. This book is the 2011 recipient of a Society for American Archaeology Book Award and is a finalist for the Utah Book Awards.

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Bought this title, one for myself, and one for a friend of mine, Ekkehart Malotki, who is an award-winning author of three books on rock art himself, and a fabulous photographer as well as writer and researcher on the subject. The book is a stunning example of good graphic design and excellent photography of a subject which is notoriously hard to photograph well. Great photos, good text and a bonus of rare pictures of Fremont artifacts. I was extremely pleased when I saw it, and glad to hear that Ekkehart liked it also, which is a real mark in its favor, as he has high standards for book contents and production values.

If you have any interest in rock art and prehistoric SW Indian cultures, buy it; you won't be disappointed. Additionally, you will be more than satisfied with Malotki's latest book:The Rock Art of Arizona: Art for Life's Sake
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The rich, colorful photographs of Fremont rock art and artifacts in this book are astounding and are sure to impress. But the text from Steven Simms is lacking - at least compared to what he's written about the Fremont elsewhere. I strongly suggest readers purchase his book, "Ancient Peoples of Great Basin & Colorado Plateau", and read that first, or in conjunction with this book. It will bring to life the story of the Fremont much better than what's presented here. But don't be dissuaded from buying "Traces of Fremont" - paired together with "Ancient Peoples..." it combines to tell the story of The Fremont better than any book(s) of the market that I've found. Hopefully, Simms has something bigger and more all-encompassing planned for the future. The subject matter certainly deserves it!
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This book contains beautiful photographs of the enigmatic rock art of Utah, along with pictures of other artifacts from the Fremont culture that provide context for that art. The text provides still more context, describing archeological finds and the inferences about Fremont society drawn from them. There are endnotes and a bibliography for those who want to read more, but the text itself is accessible to the interested public. It's a fascinating read that gives a different viewpoint than I have found elsewhere.
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I am pleased with this book! Good previously unpublished content on the Fremont culture. A nice photographic display of artifacts, pictographs, and mappings I did not know existed. Worth a look and read!
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