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My One Hundred and One Favorite Artifacts from the Little River Clovis Complex
Softcover. Small format. Perfect binding. 241 pp.
Order from American Society for Amateur Archaeology.
The author has singled out for illustration and analysis 101 stone artifacts among the many thousands of pieces he collected on Palaeo-American habitation sites and quarry-workshops along the Little River, Christian County, SW Kentucky.
His choice was guided by several factors: 1) uniqueness or rarity, 2) condition, 3) personal association and collecting history, and 4) importance or relevance to archaeological science. The latter is justified when other archaeologists — especially educators — have agreed with him about the importance of a particular specimen and have decided to feature it in their writings.
Each of the 101 artifacts is well illustrated and cross-referenced to information about its findspot, how it has been interpreted by archaeologists, and where (within the archaeological literature) these interpretations may be found. Bibliographic references to this literature may be found at the end Carl Yahnig's monograph.
Also at the beginning and end of the monograph are outlined the author's very personal perspective about Indian artifact collecting in southwestern Kentucky and the meaning this healthy activity has given his life.
The only shortcoming is the lack of an Index; this useful tool should not be omitted from future editions. Among the wealth of data presented by Carl Yahnig, it is difficult to recall on which pages certain important facts occur. An Index would enhance the monograph's value as a handy reference work in the library of a student of the Palaeo-American era.
Reviewed by R.M. Gramly, PhD, ASAA Organizer (5/2012).