Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading Material
The reading list below is meant to assist teachers in developing their lesson plans or coursework in the study of Oregon¹s archaeology or of archaeology in general. Where possible, some age or grade level information has been provided.

A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest, by Robert H. Ruby.
Archaeology of Oregon* – C. Melvin Aiken Provides a good overview of the prehistory of Oregon and some of the Pacific Northwest. Available from the Bureau of Land Management and in public libraries.

“Prehistoric America: A Journey Through the Ice Age and Beyond”, by  Miles Barton et al. Yale University Press, 2003. (Also available as a DVD of the same name from the BBC.)

Artifacts of the Northwest Coast Indians, by Hillary Stewart.

Bridge of the Gods, by Chuck Williams

Children of the River: An activity book based on the people of the Chinook Nation and their trading neighbors, Sherry  V. Lynch (Good book for grades 3-4. Copies are limited and may be obtained from OAS members, Mr. and Mrs. Podhoras, by calling 360-254-9218).

Columbia River Plateau Rock Art – Publication 11*, The Butte Creek Sites: Steiwer Ranch and Rattlesnake Shelter – Owl Cave*, published by OAS.

Exploring Oregon’s Past: A Teacher’s Activity guide for Fourth Through Seventh Grades. This Bureau of Land Management document provides an extensive variety of lesson plans for teachers who wish to include a little or a lot of archaeology in their curriculum. In addition the folks who developed the lesson plans made sure they are “aligned” with the Oregon Comprehensive Curriculum Goals (CCGs) in science, social science, art language arts and mathematics.

The Archaeology Education Handbook, Sharing the Past with Kids, edited by Karolyn E. Smardz and Shelley J. Smith. Published in cooperation with the Society for American Archaeology. Please see their website( ) for further information to order the book.

Eyewitness to Discovery, by Brian M. Fagan

General Reference Guide – Publication 5*, published by the OAS.

Indian Rock Art of the Columbia Plateau*, by  James D. Keyser.

Indian Trade Goods – Publication 1*, published by  the OAS.

Learning by Doing, Northwest Coast Art, by Karin Clark.

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast, by Hillary Stewart

Looking at Totem Poles, by Hillary Stewart

Mythic Beings, by Gary Wyatt.

Myths and Legends of the Haida, by Martine Reid

Northwest  Coast Indian Design, by Madeline Obran Szontagh.

Wakemap Mound – Publication 1*, published by OAS
*These books are available from the OAS.  Please see the Store section of
this website for further information.

Books by Piers Anthony:
The Isle of Woman
The Shame of Man

Books by Jean Auel:
Clan of the Cave Bear
Valley of the Horses
The Mammoth Hunters
The Plains of Passage
The Shelters of Stone
Neanderthal, by John Darnton
Thief of Time, by Tony Hillerman
Haunted Mesa, by Louis L ¹amour
Thunderhead, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Books by Wilbur A. Smith:
River God
The Seventh Scroll
Sacred Ground, by Barbara Wood

Other General Books on Archaeology:
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Archaeology, edited by Andrew Sherah. A global overview of archaeology.

The Archaeology Workbook, by  Steve Daniels, Kent V. Flannery and Nicholas David.

The Next Archaeology Workbook by Nicholas David, Jonathan Driver and Curtis Neil Runnels. (Both are recommended by the American Journal of Archaeology.)

Arctic Crossing: A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture, by Jonathon Waterman.

Journey through the Ice Age, by Paul G. Bahn. Focuses on rock art and some artifacts of 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

The Practical Archaeologist, by Jane McIntosh. A general overview of how archaeology is done.

Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World. A Visual Chronology from the Origins of Life to AD 1500. Published by Dorling Kindersley and edited by  Chris Scarre.  An excellent resource for any teacher interested in global archaeology.

Atlas of Archaeology. Published by Dorling Kindersley.  Another extremely useful classroom resource on general archaeology.

Eyewitness books for children (suitable for grades 3-9)  by Dorling Kindersley publishers found under the following titles:
Early Humans (from cave dwellers to people of the Iron Age),
Prehistoric Life
Ancient Greece
Ancient China
Ancient Rome

Magazines & Webzines:
Archaeology Magazine – Offers current archaeological information. For further information on the magazine go to:

American Archaeology – Published by the Archaeological Conservancy.  Find information on this organization and their publication at

Anthropology in the News – .  A website courtesy of Texas A & M that sets breaking news articles on archaeology from a wide variety of news organizations.

Archaeologica – a website that includes articles, and news stories from news organizations from all around the world.