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Book 8-$150 Signed by the Author

Story in Stone Illustrated by Val Waldorf with text by D.C. Waldorf

Amazon review By D. Blankenship on June 18, 2011

BY FAR - THE BEST BOOK IN THIS GENRE IN MY COLLECTION.

Unfortunately for us all, this volume by D.C. Waldorf and illustrated by Val Waldorf is becoming more and more difficult to find and the price of this book, when you do find it, continues to climb. What a pity this is as it is one of the best works I have in my collection of books addressing the subject of Native American flint artifacts. I have been using this work for a number of years and continually find myself referring back to it.

This work identifies hundreds of objects found throughout the Central and Southern United States. In addition the text provides not only locations of the finds, but also the physical dynamics and material used in their construction. The author has also, in many cases, given a wonderful description of just how the point or object was made. (D.C. Waldorf is one of the best flint-knappers in the country. I have had the privilege of watching him work many times and learning from him just listening to him as he works).

Geographical distributions are addressed and the text is wonderfully done. The author does indeed use many technical terms but these terms are always used in a context that they will be understood even by the most basic of neophytes. Trust me when I tell you that you will learn much from reading and using this book.

This is only half of the story here though. The artist, Val Waldorf is one of the best, if not the best, nationally known artists who specialize in this sort of work. Her precision and attention to detail simply boggles the mind. I have identified more artifacts using this book and her illustrations than all of my other books combined. For a number of years I have been meeting with the local archeologist at our local state university. We all get together periodically and (jokingly and not so jokingly) try playing "stump the professors." When we are lucky enough to bring a piece we have found that they cannot identify, it is amazing how many times they reach for this book for help! Ms. Waldorf has taken graphic art into the realm of "art."

This work is well footnoted and the reference material the author provides is invaluable. I also like the fact that this is not one of those "current price books" where the author's have tried to place a monetary value on each point. This is an exercise akin to banging your head against the wall as prices vary and are absolutely controlled by what a person wants for his or her find, not matter what a book says. I am no overly fond of these "price books.

This work was published back in 1987. I do not know if there are reprints; if not, there should be. If you are interested in this field of study or are a collector, then this is a book you most certainly want access to. Get a copy if you can find one and if you can afford it. This is one of the few books in my home that I do not loan out...even to friends.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

Comb Binding: 240 pages
Publisher: Mound Builder Books (1987)

Book 9/10- $40/each 2 copies available

Bennett, James; Identifying Altered Ancient Flint Artifacts, Relics & Reproductions Series, Book II, Evaluating Prehistoric American Flint Artifacts for Modern Rechipping, Ancient Resharpening & Ancient Salvage; Homestead Publishing; Polk, Ohio; 2004; First printing; 206 pages

Book 11-$70 Signed by Tony dated 11-16-2009

Prehistoric Chert type of the Midwest by Tony DeRegnaucourt & Jeff Georglady 1998

Description by unknown author

This is THE book on the subject of chert and flint types used by Native American Indians in the Midwest, especially in Ohio and surrounding areas. Written by Tony Deregnaucourt and Jeff Georgiady, it covers ALL of the major flints used to make prehistoric artifacts within this area of the country, starting from the Paleo period through the Arcaic period and up until the Adena, Hopewell, Mississipian, and Fort Ancient Cultures.

It is a 242 glossy paged softcover book with many, many, many maps, pictures, etc. It contains 46 full page GLOSSY COLORED PLATES! The photos are of actual Indian artifacts. It identifies over 70 distinct types of flint from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ontario, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, New York, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, etc.
Additionally, the author gives:
a) the name of the flint, the origin of trhe name, and other names used for the same flint. b) similar and look-a-like flints c) references to other pulished flint type books d) geological stratigraphy e) outcrop location for each flint f) naturally ocurring form(nodules, layers,etc) g) color ranges h) texture of the flints i) minerals and fossils present in each flint j) prehistoric distribution-which Indians used which flints k) prehistoric utilization-what tools were made from each

There is also a nice geological background given, along with a glossary of geological terms, timetable for various Indian cultures, etc.
In short, this is THE book for Native American Indian study, Indian artifact study, geology study, etc.

Book 12-$40

Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points: of the Midcontinental and Eastern United States by Noel D. Justice

This is an important new reference work for the professional archaeologist as well as the student and collector. Central States Archaeological Journal
. . . admirably synthesizes the scientific information integrating it with the popular approach. The result is a publication that readers on both sides of the spectrum should enjoy as well as comprehend. . . . . it should remain the standard reference on point typology of the midwest and eastern United States for many years to come. Pennsylvania Archaeologist ...Archaeologists and amateur collectors alike will rejoice at this important reference work that surveys, describes, and categorizes the projectile points and cutting tools used in prehistory by the Indians in what are now the middle and eastern sections of the United States, from 12,000 B.C. to the beginning of the historic period. Mr. Justice describes over 120 separate types of stone arrowheads and spear points according to period, culture, and region. His detailed drawings show how Native Americans shaped their tools, what styles were peculiar to which regions, and how the various types can best be identified. There are over 485 drawings organized by type cluster and other identifying characteristics. The work also includes distribution maps and 111 examples in color.

ISBN-10 0253354064 ISBN-13 9780253354068 304 pages, Indiana University Press 1988
Weight 17.6 Oz
Width 7.1 In.
Length 9.8 In.

Book 13-$40

Indian Axes and Related Stone Artifacts (Indian Axes & Related Stone Artifacts: Identification & Values) Hothem, Lar
Collector Books, 1996. Second printing of the 1989 edition with updated 1994 prices. Illustrated with b&w photographs, 223 pgs.

Book 14-$30

Indian Artifact of the Midwest by Lar Hothem 1992 reprint 2001

A collector's handbook loaded with all types of artifacts found in the Midwest, where the majority of Indian collectibles are discovered. Along with comprehensive text, this guide features hundreds of detailed photographs. 8.5 X 11. 206 pages

Book 15-$40

Indian Artifact of the Midwest by Lar Hothem book 2 1995

This book is a continuation of the original work by Lar Hothem. It covers the same geographic area but with additional photos and information, featuring items from the Paleo Period up to the Mississippian Period. It includes a comprehensive text and over 1,200 photos help collectors identify their artifacts. In addition, there is a complete list of recommended resources. 8.5 X 11. 288 pages

Book 16-$30 signed by the author

Antler Bone & Shell Artifacts : Identification & Value Guide Hothem, Lar 2006

Contents: Awls; Splinter awls; Trigger awls; Projectile points; Fishhooks; Beads; Musical instruments; Ornamental artifacts; Hafted tools; Hairpins; Effigies; Teeth and ivory; Eskimo (Inuit) artifacts; Miscellaneous artifacts; Tools to make tools; Facts about artifacts; Artifact finds; Old-time dealer listings; Auction results.; 368 pages Color Photos

Book 17-$40

Indian Artifact of the Midwest by Lar Hothem book 3, 1997

Indian Artifacts of the Midwest III has almost 2,000 photos featuring thousands of specimens from our ancient past. The author gives the collector all of the necessary facts about each item featured, such as details, size, dates, location found, and prices. 8.5 X 11. 344 pages

 

Book 18-$150 Signed by the author

Collector's Guide to Indian Pipes: Identification and Values by Lar Hothem, 1998

This unique rare 1999 value guide written by Lar Hothem, showcases highly personal, well-made smoking instruments. Informational sections on how pipes were made, what to look for and what to avoid when collecting pipes. Other pipe facts and finds are also included. Over 1,000 color photos. 299 pgs

Spine has faded from sun bleaching

Book 19-$30 Signed by the author

North American Indian Ornamental and Ceremonial Artifacts Identification and Value Guide by Lar Hothem. 1990, 133 pages

Book 20-$25

North American Indian Artifacts: A Collector's Identification and Value Guide by Lar Hothem 1994 360 pages

Well used copy

Book 21-$30 signed by the author

North American Indian Artifacts: A Collector's Identification and Value Guide by Lar Hothem 1994 360 pages

Book 22-$50

Flint Blades and Projectile Points of the North American Indian by Lawrance N. Tully and Steven N. Tully 1986, 240 pages

Each flint blade and projectile point artifact that is pictured is photographed to actual size and there are hundreds of good sharp photos of primary, modified, stemmed, notched, and ceremonial blades and projectile points. Hardback

Book 23-$20

Bell, Robert E. 1958.
Guide to the Identification of Certain American Indian Projectile Points,
Special Bulletin No. 1, Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Dec. 1958. Pages 1-104.

Third Printing 1961

From the Robert E. Bell Library

Book 24-$20

Bell, Robert E. 1958.
Guide to the Identification of Certain American Indian Projectile Points,
Special Bulletin No. 1, Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Dec. 1958. Pages 1-104.

Third Printing 1961

From the Robert E. Bell Library

Book 25-$20

Bell, Robert E. 1958.
Guide to the Identification of Certain American Indian Projectile Points,
Special Bulletin No. 1, Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Dec. 1958. Pages 1-104.

Fourth Printing 1964

From the Robert E. Bell Library

Book 26-$20

Bell, Robert E. 1958.
Guide to the Identification of Certain American Indian Projectile Points,
Special Bulletin No. 1, Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Dec. 1958. Pages 1-104.

Sixth Printing 1967

From the Robert E. Bell Library

Book 27-$20

Bell, Robert E. 1958.
Guide to the Identification of Certain American Indian Projectile Points,
Special Bulletin No. 1, Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Dec. 1958. Pages 1-104.

Sixth Printing 1967

From the Robert E. Bell Library

Book 28-$20

Bell, Robert E. 1958.
Guide to the Identification of Certain American Indian Projectile Points,
Special Bulletin No. 1, Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Dec. 1958. Pages 1-104.

Seventh Printing 1968

From the Robert E. Bell Library

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