Summer of Discovery

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 111 pages
"A flashing black cloud rolled across the Nebraska prairie. Gaining speed, it rushed on the town. Dave never saw the storm coming."

It is May 1939. David Fletcher is fourteen years old and living in dustbowl Nebraska. He and his buddy Ben Watson are determined to become archaeologists. Their ambitions are jump-started when the mysterious Mr. Daley arrives in their small town, hot on the trail of strange, giant arrowheads discovered by a gang of road workers. With Mr. Daley as mentor and guide, David and Ben spend the summer exploring the past.

As the boys unearth the story of the Great Plains peoples, from the Ice Age hunters through the final days of the Indian Wars, their adventures become an introduction to the complex interactions between human culture and the natural world. Rich with details about the ways in which archaeologists reconstruct the past, Summer of Discovery is as informative as it is entertaining, offering an insider's look at this captivating field through the eyes of two engaging beginners.

 

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Contents

Dust Storm
1
The News Office
5
Discovery
9
Bones
15
Ice Age Hunters
21
The First People
25
Ash Hollow Cave
29
Digging into Time
35
The Scientists
65
Search for an American Explorer
69
Pikes Trail
73
The Final Clue
77
American Cowboy
81
The First Horse
87
Fort Robinson
91
Mr Daleys Own Story
97

Rescue
41
ToolMakers of Ash Hollow
47
The Buried City
51
wild Fire
55
The Hermit and the Sack of Corn
61
o i A New World
101
Authors Note
105
Sources
109
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Melody Herr, PhD, is a historian and a writer.

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