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The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta

Series: University of Utah Anthropological Papers Volume: 128

By: David B Madsen (Author), Dave N Schmitt (Author), David Page (Author)

280 pages, 134 illustrations, 15 maps

University of Utah Press

Paperback | Feb 2015 | #222145 | ISBN-13: 9781607813934
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About this book

About 12 000 years ago, a major river ran from the Sevier Basin to the Great Salt Lake, feeding a wetland delta system and creating riparian habitat along its length. But after three thousand years the river dried up and the surrounding lands became more like what we see today. Because the Old River Bed Delta experienced less environmental and human disturbance than other areas, many of the Paleoarchaic sites found there have remained relatively intact – a rare find in the Great Basin.

The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta presents a comprehensive synthesis of a decade of investigations conducted by research teams working in different parts of the delta and explores questions about how the old riverbed was formed, how its distributary system changed through time, and how these changes affected early foragers. It concludes with an integrated summary and interpretation. Additional material from this study will be available online at

"A truly important contribution to our understanding of the history of Lake Bonneville and the associated archaeology. The book will be of great importance to archaeologists, geologists, paleontologists, biologists, hydrologists, and a wide range of other scholars."
– Donald K. Grayson, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

"An excellent, comprehensive study. It will certainly serve as a springboard for future investigations."
– Marith Reheis, research geologist, USGS

"The book is of significance to understanding the geomorphic, hydrologic, and environmental history of the region."
– Kevin Jones, Ancient Places Consulting


List of Figures
List of Tables

1. Introduction and Research Perspectives
David B. Madsen, Dave N. Schmitt, and David Page
2. Bonneville Basin Environments During the Pleistocene–Holocene Transition
David Rhode and Lisbeth A. Louderback
3. Old River Bed Delta Geomorphology and Chronology
David B. Madsen, Charles G. Oviatt, D. Craig Young, and David Page
4. Descriptions and Classifications of Paleoarchaic Sites in the Proximal Old River Bed Delta
Dave N. Schmitt
5. Lithic Analysis
Charlotte Beck and George T. Jones
6. Toolstone Sourcing, Lithic Resource Use, and Paleoarchaic Mobility in the Western Bonneville Basin
David Page and Daron G. Duke
7. Integration and Synthesis
David B. Madsen, Dave N. Schmitt, and David Page

References Cited
List of Contributors

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David B. Madsen is a research fellow at the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory, the University of Texas at Austin; and an adjunct professor in the anthropology departments of both Texas A&M University and Texas State University. He is the author of Entering America: Northeast Asia and Beringia before the Last Glacial Maximum (University of Utah Press, 2004).

Dave N. Schmitt is a research scientist at the Desert Research Institute Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences and adjunct lecturer at Southern Methodist University. He is coauthor (with David Madsen) of Buzz-Cut Dune and Fremont Foraging at the Margin of Horticulture, UUAP No. 124, and of Camels Back Cave, UUAP No. 125 (both University of Utah Press, 2005).

David Page is an assistant research archaeologist at the Desert Research Institute Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences.

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