- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Orange Frazer Pr (March 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882203399
- ISBN-13: 978-1882203390
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 11.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The presentation of the information is excellent. It is a lively mix of straight historical narrative interlaced with “vignette” pages detailing all the most important sites with: discussions about the sites by contributing archaeologists and color photos of the monuments, recent/ongoing research, public accessibility to the sites, excellent color photos and descriptions of artifacts, maps, color photos of active dig sites, etc. Additionally, each historical section has a double page, full-color layout of an artist’s depiction of the peoples of the region as they are imagined to have lived, based upon the best available archaeological evidence and interpretations.
I LOVE this book!
Dr. Lepper has put together probably the best single volume on this fascinating subject that one can buy. I have ONE recommendation for anyone thinking about purchasing this book. The seminal volume on the Ohio mound builders was published in 1848 by The Smithsonian Institution and titled, “Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley” by Squire & Davis. The main strength of “Ancient Monuments” was the extensive surveying and mapping (beautifully executed in pen and ink) of the Ohio sites performed by Squire, Davis and their contemporaries BEFORE the sites were extensively disturbed by modern development (the most recent edition of this work includes an excellent introduction covering the history of the creation of this book by, David J. Meltzer, Professor, SMU). “Ohio Archaeology” extensively references the maps presented in this authoritative, prior work. However, because of the large volume of information crammed into “Ohio Archaeology”, the amount of page space given to the maps often doesn’t allow them to be shown on a scale sufficient for comprehensive viewing. Therefore, I do recommend that anyone really interested in this subject would do themselves a great favor by purchasing BOTH of these books. “Ancient Monuments” is a terrific companion to “Ohio Archaeology” and these two books will bring anyone well up on the learning curve regarding the Ohio mound builders and the history of the science behind what we know about them.
Finally, I do have one criticism of “Ohio Archaeology”. I am a bit older and my eyesight is not quite what it once was. Although the main text is printed in a font size adequate for comfortable reading, the print size used in the photo captions in “Ohio Archaeology” is very small. The captions are also not printed in black, but in color (red; sans-serif) and there are MANY of these captions. I must use a magnifying glass to read them. But this is a small criticism as fortunately, I DO own a decent magnifying glass!
While Dr Lepper is the author of the book, he has also includes 20 short pieces by other scholars about specific locations and subjects. All of them are quite outstanding. Dr Lepper especially deserves credit for daring to discuss the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, a subject most archaeology books consider too hot to handle. Our author does very well presenting both sides of a difficult subject. But the evidence he presents appears to me to be strong basis for rejecting Native American "traditions" which burden scientific inquiry.
The most important contribution this book makes is about public health issues. It was not just the Caribbean where European diseases almost destroyed the native population. The entire North American continent was severely effected, especially by smallpox. Our author estimates the death toll in southern Ohio to be as high as 90%.
And dietary issues have a strong message of us today. The Agricultural Revolution of the Late Prehistoric period which replaced a high protein diet with a high carbohydrate diet had devastating health effects. People became shorter, they were less resistant to infectious diseases, and lifespans declined. (See especially pages 201-202.) And with the current worldwide Diabetes Epidemic, the case is yet stronger for Native American traditions not interfering with legitimate scientific research.
Dr. Bradley Lepper's book "Ohio Archaeology" brings these startling creations to life. Many earthworks have disappeared under the plow and the bulldozer, but, using the findings of archaeologists who have often had to work under the deadlines of construction crews, Mr. Lepper and his associates have recreated these prehistoric formations in a way that no other book has. The thorough but easy to understand text is illustrated with bountiful photographs, paintings, computer generated graphics, and, best of all, reprints of surveys originally published in the 1848 collection entitled Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley.
Mysterious and majestic, the earthworks are hidden among us in plain sight. Dr. Lepper is offering us the who, what, when, where and how in this wonderful book, but, as he repeatedly mentions, we will never know the why.