Digging for Answers: Prehistoric Archaeology in Northwestern Colorado | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/digging-answers-prehistoric-archaeology-northwestern-colorado[12/8/2015 12:52:54 PM] Home Digging for Answers: Prehistoric Archaeology in Northwestern ColoradoDigging for Answers: Prehistoric Archaeology in Northwestern ColoradoSubmitted by jainlayconley on 3-24-2010 08:48 AMAuthor: Marlise Reed Publishing: Montrose, CO: Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc., 2009. iv + 75 pages. Black and white photos, color photos, drawings. 6x 9. $16.00 paperback. Reviewer: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley Reviewer Affiliation: Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. and Metcalf Archaeological Consultants carried out substantial archaeological excavations on behalf of Rockies Express Pipeline and Wyoming Interstate Company as part of federal government compliance for the construction of two natural gas pipelines in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties in northwestern Colorado. Digging for Answers financed by Rockies Express Pipeline and Wyoming Interstate Company and published by Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc., was written and is being disseminated in order to share their findings and fulfill a public education requirement. The author, Marlise Reed, is the daughter of two archaeologists at Alpine Archaeological Consultants Inc. The book is visually attractivefull of illustrations, color images, and historic black and white photographs. Digging for Answers follows a question-and-answer format with the author providing information geared toward the general public. The target audience seems to be school-age children in grades five through nine. The book would have been vastly improved if the author had worked with a teacher or a publisher with experience creating materials for young people. Reed assumes the reader is familiar with archaeological terms like sherds, historic archaeology and prehistoric archaeology Youthful readers, and their parents and teachers, would have benefited from having such terms defined in either the text or an appendix glossary. A helpful timeline is buried towards the back of the publication and would have been much more useful at the front of the book or as an appendix. There is no index. In addition to the illustrations and photographs, strengths include a nice introduction to the study of archaeology answering questions such as Why do archaeology? What do archaeologists do? and Do archaeologists dig dinosaur bones? And the book appears to be priced rightsome complimentary copies are available by contacting Alpine at (970) 249-6761. Those readers with a more advanced knowledge of archaeology will find little new information in this book. While it was funded by a project occurring in northwestern Colorado, regretfully there are very few details given about the unique cultural sites in the area, nor does the author share what new information, if any, the archaeologists discovered. Since the information in the book is applicable to much of the state, almost all the answers would be universal to prehistoric sites throughout Colorado. That is a plus for Colorado teachers, and for the books wider application; however, if the objective was to provide information on northwestern Colorado, then it falls short. EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWhile on the Dominguez-Escalante expedition in 1776, Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco drew the first map of Colorado.
Digging for Answers: Prehistoric Archaeology in Northwestern Colorado | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/digging-answers-prehistoric-archaeology-northwestern-colorado[12/8/2015 12:52:54 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Overall, Digging for Answers will be useful in a classroom. Reviewer Info: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley has an MA in history and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Colorado Denver. She has written and lectured on a wide variety of topics including the New Deal in Colorado, the history of paint, historic structures associated with tuberculosis sufferers, and a biography of smelting tycoon August Meyer. She is currently the King Fellow at the Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library. Add new comment