Steven Shackley has produced a short but valuable book that clearly demonstrates the multifaceted archaeological benefits of the study of obsidian artifacts and of the material itself, and provides useful summaries of Native American archaeology from the southwest of North America. The archaeology and scientific evidence are integrated fully within the research discussed. This is a great strength, and the book offers a good example of the considerable benefits in archaeological understanding available through such an approach.

Highly readable and in places almost conversational, Shackley’s knowledge of the subject is obvious, and his great enthusiasm for the archaeological application of...

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