The Geoarchaeology of Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
Sales Date: 2012-10-01
Complex sets of environmental factors have interacted over the past 5,000 years to affect how changes in climate, temperature, relative precipitation, and the levels of Lake Michigan influence the preservation of archaeological sites in coastal sand dunes along Lake Michigan. As a collaboration between earth scientists, archaeologists, and geoarchaeologists, this study draws on a wealth of research and multidisciplinary insights to explore the conditions necessary to safeguard ancient human settlements in these landscapes. A variety of contemporary and innovative techniques, including numerous dating methods and approaches, were employed to determine when and for how long sand dunes were active and when and for how long archaeological sites were occupied. Knowledge of dune processes and settlement patterns not only affects archaeological interpretations, but it is also consummately important to land planners responsible for managing heritage archaeological sites in the Lake Michigan coastal zone.
Anyone wishing to understand the archaeology of the Great Lakes must come to terms with the complex interactions of land, water, and glacial ice that produced the modern lakes. This volume does an excellent job of putting these large scale geological processes into context and demonstrates their critical importance for the discovery and understanding prehistoric sites, both ancient and more recent. While the study focuses specifically on coastal dune processes in the Lake Michigan basin, the discussions will be of interest to everyone concerned with the cultural and geomorphological heritage of the Great Lakes.—John M. O’Shea, Curator Great Lakes Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
The Geoarchaeology of Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes is a comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment of natural and cultural processes and their interactions by leading experts in their fields. This book is required reading for anyone wishing to understand the development and habitation of Michigan’s most recognized landform.—Todd A. Thompson, Assistant Director for Research, Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University