California’s Ancient Past is an excellent introduction and overview of the archaeology and ancient peoples of this diverse and dynamic part of North America. Written in a concise and approachable format, the book provides an excellent foundation for students, the general public, and scholars working in other regions around the world. This book will be an important source of information on California’s ancient past for years to come.
—Torben C. Rick, Smithsonian Institution
California’s Ancient Past is a well written, highly informative, and thought-provoking book; it will make a significant contribution to California archaeology. It is highly readable—the text and materials covered are suitable for both scholars and interested lay people. The book is well organized…with discussions about the culture history and theoretical perspectives of California archaeology and …the latest and most relevant references.— Kent Lightfoot, University of California, Berkeley.
Society for American Archaeology, 2011