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Stone by Stone: Exploring Ancient Sites on the Canadian Plains.

Stone by Stone: Exploring Ancient Sites on the Canadian Plains by Liz Bryan. Surrey, B.C.: Heritage House Publishing Ltd., 176 pp., illus., colour, paper, $24.95.

This is by far the best handbook thus far produced dealing with archaeological sites in the West, particularly Alberta. Authoritative and beautifully illustrated, it includes data on medicine wheels, human effigy figures, cairns, tipi rings, ribstones, and other rock formations. A chapter on rock art features Writing on Stone but also includes other sites in the West.

What makes this book so handy is that it is written in layman's terms, describing the sites, the locations, and their significance. For example, the author provides what is currently known about medicine wheels. These have been described, she says, as "death lodges, astronomical observatories, summer solstice calendars, boundary markers, and navigational aids." Yet no one know for sure. She then describes and shows images of several such sites in the West.

It is an excellent book.
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Publication:Alberta History
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Date:Sep 22, 2005
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