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David Johnson's Books

Handbook of Alabama's Prehistoric Indians and Artifacts

Second Edition

List Price: $42.95, PB

520 pages

January 2019

This comprehensive guide is an archaeological ambassador, bridging the interests and needs of amateurs, students, and professionals and assisting in their valuable efforts to discover and preserve Alabama's archaeological resources. Alabama's diverse projectile points and other artifact types get concise and thorough treatment in this paramount book, as each example is eloquently brought to life with full scale photos, geographic distribution charts, and descriptions. While interesting to the collector, this work is grounded in archaeological theory and method. Archaeological site protection is critical and this work will help instill this value in a wider audience.


Handbook of Mississippi's Prehistoric Indians and Artifacts


List Price: $49.95, PB

640 pages

March 2024

With all the information accessible online, one would have to spend hours searching to find the amount of information that is understandable to a non-professional and relating to the Southeast, specifically Mississippi, that is available here, right at the reader's fingertips. Here, one can find information that answers the common "what," "how," and "why" questions most people have about pre-contact Mississippi archaeology. Because archaeology is a destructive science and archaeologists are ethically bound to share the results of their work with the public, these are answers the tax-paying public is entitled to know. We are all different and have different interests and priorities, and not everyone gets excited about learning what a celt is or how pottery was made 1,000 years ago, but those who do: responsible collectors, avocational archaeologists, descendant communities, and professional archaeologists can all benefit from the years of knowledge and experience amassed here in this book. Knowledge of the past reminds us of the diversity of human history. We are neither the first, nor the last people to occupy this land. The information is here for you, the good you do with it and how you use it to enrich your life is up to you.                                        




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About The Author

David Johnson is an avocational archaeologist. He works for the Alabama Department of Transportation. David is a private property owner that found archaeological sites on his property and had the good fortune of coming into contact with professional archaeologists that took the time to encourage and educate him in the proper procedures for recording and documenting his finds. Through this process, he saw a need for this information to be available to others like himself in order to provide this same information to the general public. This led to the creation of Alabama's Prehistoric Indians and Artifacts, a project that was only made possible by the cooperation provided by the Alabama Archaeological Society and its members.

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