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The Casper Site
A Hell Gap Bison Kill on the High Plains (revised edition)

Edited by George C. Frison

The Casper Site
Paperback, 296 pages £31.00
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9780975273845
Format: 236mm x 181mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Eliot Werner Publications
Series: EWP Foundations of Archaeology

George Frison’s report on the 10,000-year-old Casper Site helped establish how large animal communal kill sites should be excavated, analyzed, and reported. With his background in ranching and hunting, Frison knows more about large animals than any other archaeologist. In The Casper Site Frison began to share that knowledge as well as the techniques of bone bed excavation; that, and the book’s interdisciplinary approach, make it a landmark in paleoindian archaeology and faunal analysis.

As Marcel Kornfeld writes in his new introduction, 'One of Frison’s outstanding contributions to Great Plains prehistory has been in the arena of bison studies and bone beds in particular, and Casper is one of its finest examples.'

The first edition of this book was published by Academic Press in 1975, and has been out of print for some years.

Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition: The Casper Site and Bison Bone Bed Studies, Marcel Kornfeld

Archeology of the Casper Site, George C. Frison

Population Study of the Casper Site Bison, Charles A. Reher

The Casper Local Fauna and Its Fossil Bison, Michael Wilson

Geology of the Casper Archeological Site, John Albanese

Comments on the Lithic Technology of the Casper Site Materials, Bruce Bradley

Morphological Variation in Bison Metacarpals and Metatarsals, Jean Newman Bedord

Concluding Summary, George C. Frison

Appendix I. Volumes of Bison astragali, George Zeimens and Sandy Zeimens

Appendix II. Pollen Report on the Casper Site, Jane Beiswenger


Author Index

Subject Index

'The Casper site is one in a long tradition of bison procurement site studies by George Frison. This site typifies the use of the parabolic sand dune for bison trapping. The suite of analyses employed set the standard for kill site archaeology on the Plains and around the globe.' (Leland C. Bement, Oklahoma Archeological Survey)

'With astonishing fidelity the events of an ancient bison kill are uncovered from the rolling sands of Wyoming. That these remarkable events happened 10,000 years ago, and yet we see them so clearly today, is testimony to the skill of Frison and his team of researchers. A landmark publication.' (Jack W. Brink, Royal Alberta Museum)

'The brainchild of a remarkable archaeologist and a benchmark in integrative archaeological science, putting to work innovations in spatial analysis, experiments in technology and vertebrate taphonomy, hunter-gatherer ethnoarchaeology, geology, and zooarchaeology. One cannot help but sense the squeak of sand churned by desperate hooves when reading this classic study.' (Mary C. Stiner, University of Arizona)

George C. Frison, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

Marcel Kornfeld, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 296 pages
 236mm x 181mm

BIC Code:
  HIS038000, SCI026000, SOC003000
 Eliot Werner Publications


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