Dig into Reading


Dig into Reading this September during Nebraska Archaeology Month!

Visit your local library and find one of the suggested books below, or search for any others that focus on an archaeological topic! Can’t find the one you are looking for? Encourage your library to add more books on archaeology to their collections! Know of additional books we should add to our list? Send your suggestions to nebraskaarchaeologymonth@gmail.com!

*Note: The following is a list of books related to Archaeology that can be found at area libraries. Lincoln’s Bennett Martin Public Library, in particular, has a number of publications related to Nebraska History and Archaeology in their Heritage Room. This list is just an introduction to some of the resources available, including several popular non-fiction books – many more books and reports are out there waiting to be read — a quick library or Google Search is always a good place to start!

Suggested Books and Publications

Nebraska Archaeology

Archeological Investigations at Engineer Cantonment: Winter Quarters of the 1819-1820 Long Expedition, Eastern Nebraska. edited by John R. Bozell, Gayle F. Carlson, and Robert E. Pepperl. History Nebraska Publications in Anthropology No. 12, 2018

The Archeology of North American Great Plains Archaeology. Douglas Bamforth. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Archeological Investigations at Fort Atkinson (25WN9), Washington County, Nebraska, 1956-1971. Carlson, Gayle F. Nebraska State Historical Society, 1979.

Battlespace 1865: Archaeology of the Landscapes, Strategies, and Tactics of the North Platte Campaign, Nebraska. Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, and Amanda Renner. Oxbow Books, 2016.

The Cellars of Time: Paleontology and Archaeology in Nebraska. NEBRASKAland Magazine and Nebraska History Magazine, 1994.

Central Plains Archaeology, Volumes 1-15. Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists.

Custer, Cody, and Grand Duke Alexis: Historical Archaeology of the Royal Buffalo Hunt. Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, and Stephen Damm. University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.

The Steamboat Bertrand: History, Excavation, and Architecture. Jerome E. Petsche. National Park Service, 1974.

A White-Bearded Plainsman: The Memoirs of Archaeologist W Raymond Wood. W. Raymond Wood. University of Utah Press, 2011.

Archaeology for Kids

The Street Beneath My Feet. Charlotte Guilain. words & pictures 2017

Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let’s Read and Find Out Science 2). Kate Duke. Harper-Collines, 1996.

Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities (For Kids series). Richard Panchyk. 2001.

Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids. John White. Profuck Press, 2005.

The Magic School Bus Shows and Tells: A Book about Archaeology. Joanna Cole, Illustrated by Bruce Degen. Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997.

Skeletons in the Closet – Kid’s Book on Archaeology: Tools You Use! Pfiffikus. Traudl Whlke, 2016.

Touch the Art: Tickle Tut’s Toes (Board Book). Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo. Sterling, 2009.

Archaeology for Adults

Archaeology: A Brief Introduction. Brian Fagan. Routledge, 2011.

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life. James Deetz. Anchor, 1996.

Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure. Amanda Adams. Greystone Books, 2010.

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. Marilyn Johnson, Harper Perennial, 2015.

A Practical Handbook of Archaeology: A Beginner’s Guide to Unearthing the Past. Christopher Catling. Lorenz Books, 2013.

Uncommon Ground: Archaeology and Early African America, 1650-1800. Leland Ferguson. Smithsonian Books, 2004.