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of North America are less well known. In the introductory material, Jeter pro-
vides a summary of Palmer's archaeological investigations in areas other than
Arkansas, a summary that will prove to be a very useful beginning point for
those wanting to track down Palmer's obscure data. Texas archaeologists, in
particular, will find useful information on Palmer's poorly-known archaeologi-
cal investigations in Texas.
Jeter's main objective in this volume is presenting the data from Palmer's
work in Arkansas so that unpublished information, mostly from the National
Anthropological Archives, will be readily available. Wisely, Jeter chose to pre-
sent all primary sources of information as well as secondary sources, thus al-
lowing the reader to determine what data are pertinent to one's particular
research. These sources include Palmer's monthly reports, letters, and the
drawings of numerous sites by his assistant, H. J. Lewis. The presentation of
these data basically follows the sequence of Palmer's work in Arkansas. In some
cases, this requires some effort on the part of the reader to find all the data on
a particular site; but Jeter had good reasons for this manner of presentation
and makes up for minor inconvenience with useful indices.
Jeter has successfully assembled available sources of information to correlate
the sites Palmer visited with current site designations; and, in addition to pre-
senting Palmer's data, he provides useful summary information on what is cur-
rently known about each site. This was, no doubt, a long and formidable task;
but the valuable result is a significant body of descriptive data on major prehis-
toric and early historic Native American communities in Arkansas, many of
which have been much changed since Palmer's visits. Indeed, this volume
makes one painfully aware of the great extent of destruction of Native Ameri-
can archaeological sites which are an increasingly important part of our cul-
tural heritage in Arkansas and every other state.
Universzty of Texas at Austzn DARRELL CREEL
The Lzfe of a Fossil Hunter. By Charles H. Sternberg. (Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 199o. Pp. xxii + 286. Foreword, introduction, preface,
photographs, illustrations, conclusion, index. $29.95, cloth; $12.95,
paper.)
The Other Side of the Medal: A Paleobiologzst Reflects on the Art and Serendzpzty of
Science. By Everett C. Olson. (Blacksburg, Va.: McDonald and Woodward
Publishing Co., 1990. Pp. xiii + 182. Preface, photographs, illustrations,
maps, index, $22.95.)
These books were written by two men with very different backgrounds and
who were products of different centuries. Both men were deeply interested in
the history of life. Sternberg was a professional fossil collector who made his
living by collecting and selling fossil vertebrates to museums all over the world
in the latter part of the nineteenth century. He collected extensively from Cre-
taceous deposits in Kansas, Tertiary deposits in Oregon, and Permian deposits
in north central Texas. Sternberg was the first collector to prospect areas that
had not been searched by others. As a result, he obtained many spectacular

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