The Missouri Archaeologist Volume 80 (2019)


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The Development of Missouri Archaeology in the Era of Federal Dam Construction by R. Bruce McMillan

From the Foreword by W. Raymond Wood:
Following the end of World War II, American archaeology entered a period of growth and florescence that witnessed both massive excavation programs and changes in the discipline. The cessation of global warfare meant, for the United States, the return of millions of veterans needing homes, many of them in the arid west. Because there had been recent and severe flooding in many western streams—the Missouri River in particular—the stage was set for the construction of an unprecedented number of dams on these rivers.

This volume will help readers understand how Missouri archaeology came to be where it is today and its role in American archaeology.