Six Hundred Generations An Archaeological History of Montana

ByCarl M. Davis

$24.95

Six Hundred Generations is a stunning look at the archeological evidence of Montana’s long Indigenous human history. Focusing on 12 unique archaeological sites, the book takes readers on an extraordinary journey through time, technologies, and cultures. Beginning with the First Americans who followed mammoths into this landscape, peer-awarded Montana archeologist Carl Davis describes how Native Americans lived, evolved, and flourished here for thousands of years. The engaging writing is accompanied by a rich array of photographs and numerous illustrations by noted artist-archaeologist Eric Carlson.

Format:

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60639-111-2
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Author: Carl M. Davis
Illustrator: Eric S. Carlson
Pages: 320
Published: May 2019

“A masterful job….If you have an interest in Montana archaeology, this is the book for you.”
—Lawrence Loendorf, Sacred Sites Research, Inc.

“An excellent account of Montana’s human past…. Non-archaeologists and archaeologists alike will enjoy and learn from the authoritative information and insights that pack this book.”
—Jack Fisher, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Montana State University

“Sweeping, highly readable, and beautifully illustrated.”
—María Nieves Zedeño, School of Anthropology, The University of Arizona

“An important new book.... I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Montana archaeology and history.”
—Gary P. Smith, Deputy Preservation Officer, Montana State Office, Bureau of Land Management

“Readers of all kinds will enjoy the clear, conversational tone, the satisfying explanations of scientific methods and inquiry, and the beautiful illustrations by Eric Carlson.”
—Pei-Lin Yu, Department of Anthropology, Boise State University

"Thank you for writing your book Six Hundred Generations and giving your voice to Montana's first people. Your time and dedication has shed light on this important conversation and brings history to life for readers."
Governor Steve Bullock

"Six Hundred Generations: An Archaeological History of Montana offers a tour through time—bringing new perspectives to 15,000 years of history through an exploration of archaeological sites, including long-inhabited areas, battlefields, and other locations. Through close examination of artifacts and evidence, archival photos, and color illustrations by Eric S. Carlson, Davis brings a richness and immediacy to the story of the first people to live in what is now the Treasure State."
Big Sky Journal

Six Hundred Generations - American Archaeology, the quarterly magazine produced by The Archaeological Conservancy, Fall 2020

High Plains Book Awards Finalist: “Six Hundred Generations” by Carl M. Davis - Billings Gazette

Reading the West - Big Sky Journal

Note from Governor Steve Bullock

Montana Book Roundup - Montana the Magazine of Western History | Winter 2019

Book explores 600 generations of Montana native culture - Billings Gazette

Wrapping Our Arms Around Montana - Montana Quarterly

Raised in Dillon, Montana, Carl M. Davis received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for 35 years as an archaeologist on national forests in Montana and Oregon, and in 2015 retired as the Regional Archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region in Missoula, Montana. For his dedication to preserving and promoting Montana history, Davis received the 2018 Montana Heritage Keeper Award, presented by the Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees. He resides in Missoula with his partner, Sara Scott.

New book takes readers on a time-traveling journey through Montana’s ancient human history

Six Hundred Generations is a stunning look at the archeological evidence of Montana’s long Indigenous human history. Focusing on 12 unique archaeological sites, the book takes readers on an extraordinary journey through time, technologies, and cultures. Beginning with the First Americans who followed mammoths into this landscape, peer-awarded Montana archeologist Carl Davis describes how Native Americans lived, evolved and flourished here for thousands of years. The engaging writing is accompanied by a rich array of photographs of archaeological sites, artifacts, and rock art, along with conceptual illustrations of Montana’s Indigenous peoples by noted artist-archaeologist Eric Carlson.

The author received degrees in anthropology from the University of Montana and University of Pittsburgh and worked for 35 years as an archaeologist for the Forest Service, retiring as the Regional Archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region in Missoula. For his dedication to preserving and promoting Montana history, Davis received the 2018 Montana Heritage Keeper Award presented by the Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees.

The 320-page book includes more than 70 color photos and illustrations. It sells for $25.

A new book on Montana’s Indigenous history, Six Hundred Generations by Carl Davis of Missoula, has been named the Best Popular Book for 2020 by the Society for American Archaeology.

SAA president Dr. Joe Watkins called Davis’s book “an outstanding contribution to archaeology.”

“It’s an incredible honor,” Davis said. “I’m surprised and humbled by the award.”

Raised in Dillon and a graduate of the University of Montana, Davis worked for 35 years as an archaeologist for the Forest Service, retiring in 2015 as the Regional Archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region in Missoula. In 2018 Davis was honored with the Montana Heritage Keeper Award from the Montana Historical Society.

Six Hundred Generations takes readers on a stunning journey through time, technologies, and cultures, beginning with the First Americans who followed mammoths into the landscape and continuing to present day. The 320-page book includes more than 70 color photos plus illustrations by noted artist-archaeologist Eric Carlson of Missoula. It sells for $25 and is published by Riverbend Publishing of Helena.

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