Suggested Prehistory Reading

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Note: As of 2015, contemporary historians generally avoid the anthropological designation "pre-historic&quot, as it seems to suggest that peoples and cultures so-designated lack a history, or exist more "primitively&quot on a problematic cultural-evolutionary timeline. "Pre-contact", instead, is the favored designation, indicating groups of peoples that lived on the North American continent prior to European contact. However, the designation has been retained here because it is an archaeological convenience term and remains in circulation in much of the literature.

Paleoindian Period

  • The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery. James M. Adovasio with Jake Page, Random House, Inc., New York, New York, 2002.
  • The First Discovery of America: Archaeological Evidence of the Early Inhabitants of the Ohio Area. William S. Dancey, Editor, The Ohio Archaeological Council, Columbus, 1994.
  • Search for the First Americans. David Meltzer, Smithsonian Books, Washington, D.C., 1993.
  • Journey to the Ice Age: Discovering an Ancient World. Peter Storck, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 2004.

Archaic Period

  • Archaic Transitions in Ohio and Kentucky Prehistory. Olaf H. Prufer, S. E. Pedde, and R. S. Meindle, editors, Kent State University Press, Kent, 2001.
  • Koster: Americans in Search of Their Prehistoric Past. S. Struever and F. Antonelli, Holton New American Library, New York, 1979.

Early Woodland Period

  • Mounds for the Dead. Don W. Dragoo, Annals of the Carnegie Museum, No. 37, Pittsburgh, 1963.
  • A Quiet Revolution: Origins of Agriculture in Eastern North America. Ruth O. Selig, in Anthropology Explored: the Best of Smithsonian Anthro Notes, edited by R. O. Selig and M. R. London, pp. 178-192, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1998.
  • The Mound Builders. Robert Silverberg, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 1968 (abridged version, 1986).
  • Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley: A Guide to Mounds and Earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, Cole, and Fort Ancient People. Susan L. Woodward and Jerry N. McDonald, The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia (2002, 2nd Edition). [This is an excellent guide for those who wish to visit Ohio’s publicly accessible archaeological sites].

Middle Woodland Period

  • Fort Ancient: Citadel, Cemetery, Cathedral, or Calendar? Jack Blosser and Robert C. Glotzhober, The Ohio History Connection, Columbus, 1995.
  • The Newark Earthworks: A Wonder of the Ancient World. Bradley T. Lepper, The Ohio History Connection, Columbus, 2002.
  • People of the Mounds: Ohio’s Hopewell Culture. Bradley T. Lepper, Eastern National, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, revised edition, 1999.
  • A View from the Core: A Synthesis of Ohio Hopewell Archaeology. Paul J. Pacheco, Editor, The Ohio Archaeological Council, Columbus, 1996.
  • Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley: A Guide to Mounds and Earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, Cole, and Fort Ancient People. Susan L. Woodward and Jerry N. McDonald, The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia (2002, 2nd Edition). [This is an excellent guide for those who wish to visit Ohio’s publicly accessible archaeological sites].
  • The Hopewell Mound Group: Its People and Their Legacy. An Interactive Educational Resource Tool, The Ohio History Connection, Columbus, 1995.
  • Earthworks: Virtual explorations of ancient Newark, Ohio. An Interactive virtual tour of the Newark Earthoworks, CERHAS, The University of Cincinnati, 2005.

Late Woodland Period

  • Late Woodland Societies: Tradition and Transformation Across the Midcontinent. T.E. Emerson, D.L. McElrath, and A. C. Fortier, editors, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2000.
  • The Late Woodland Period in Southern Ohio: Basic Issues and Prospects. Mark F. Seeman and William S. Dancey in Tradition and Transformation Across the Midcontinent, T.E. Emerson, D.L. McElrath, and A.C. Fortier, editors, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2000.

Late Prehistoric Period

  • Societies in Eclipse: Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands Indians, A.D. 1400-1700. David S. Brose, C. Wesley Cowan, and R.C. Mainfort, Jr., editors, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 2001.
  • First Farmers of the Middle Ohio Valley: Fort Ancient Societies, A.D. 1000-1670. C. Wesley Cowan, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, Cincinnati, 1987.
  • Cultures Before Contact: The Late Prehistory of Ohio and Surrounding Regions. Robert A. Genheimer, Editor, The Ohio Archaeological Council, Columbus, 2000.
  • Ohio’s Alligator. Bradley T. Lepper, Timeline, 18(2):18-25, The Ohio History Connection, Columbus, 2001.

Historic Period

  • Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. Helen Hornbeck Tanner, editor, Miklos Pinther, cartographer. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1987
  • The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815. Richard White, Cambridge University Press, New York, New York, 1991