Written to appeal to professional archaeologists, students, and the interested public alike, this book is a long overdue introduction to the ancient peoples of the Great Basin and northern Colorado Plateau. Through detailed syntheses, the reader is drawn into the story of the habitation of the Great Basin from the entry of the first Native Americans through the arrival of Europeans. Ancient Peoples is a major contribution to Great Basin archaeology and anthropology, as well as the general study of foraging societies.
"This is a masterful work crafted by one of the few archaeologists working in the Great Basin today that could pull together the detail necessary for a major synthesis of the area while at the same time imparting an absolute wealth of anthropological theory, reasoning, and perspective." -Mark W. Allen, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
"The book is an excellent summary of the current state of knowledge in Great Basin prehistoric archaeology. The book is made very accessible to the educated lay reader by enhancing otherwise dry technical data and arcane professional debates with rich interpretation and analogies that bring the past into the present and make it relevant." -Matthew Seddon, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, State of Utah
"Here is, finally, what so many have been waiting for: a concise, readable, and intelligent prehistory of the Great Basin. Simms has produced a thought-provoking synthesis of not only data, but current arguments; both professionals and the interested public will find this volume interesting and useful." -Robert L. Kelly, University of Wyoming
"At long last we have a book on the prehistory of the GreatBasin/Colorado Plateau written by an archaeologist for publicconsumption. Simms is intimate with the regional archaeology and in this work demonstrates his grasp of critical issues as well as the details of the human history in this fascinating area. Simms writes exceptionally well and exhibits his in-depth knowledge of the abundant ethnographic and archaeological literature in this well-illustrated volume. I heartily recommend Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau." -Joel C. Janetski, Brigham Young University