By James L. Theler and Robert F. Boszhardt
“The Upper Mississippi River Valley is a resource-rich environment with a wealth of archaeological sites spanning the last 12,000 years. Twelve Millenia chronicle the intricate relationship between this bountiful setting and its generations of human inhabitants. The authors’ careful scholarship and personal familiarity with place shine throughout.”
—Lynn M. Alex, author of Iowa’s Archaeological Past
“Theler and Boszhardt have written a readable and informative book about the archaeology of the Upper Mississippi Valley. I especially like the extra effort they have expended, contrary to most of the more technical literature, to consider the lives of human beings, rather than presenting a litany of artifact descriptions, which adds greatly to its readability.”
—James B. Stoltman, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
James Theler and Robert Boszhardt provide an excellent overview of the Driftless region of the Upper Mississippi Valley—roughly from Dubuque, Iowa, to Red Wing, Minnesota, but framed within a somewhat larger area extending from the Rock Island Rapids at the modern Moline-Rock Island area to the Falls of St. Anthony at Minneapolis-St. Paul. This book concludes with useful catalogues of the animal remains and rock art found in the valley as well as a lost of archaeological sites and museums to visit.
James Theler is professor of archaeology in the Department of Sociology and Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Robert Boszhardt is associate director of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, University of Wisconson-Lacrosse.
They have each spent more than twenty years as archaeologists in this area and they have a strong interest in public archaeology.
University of Iowa Press, 2003