From the mysterious mounds of the Mississippi Valley to the spectacular cliff dwellings of the great Southwest; from the remarkable collections in Massachusetts' famous Peabody Museum to the controversial artifacts in California's specialized museums - the entire United States is a treasure chest of archaeological wonders waiting to be explored. Now, in this wonderfully rich and useful vacation guide, Josleen Wilson presents exciting archaeological trips the whole family can share and enjoy. It is all here, in one concise, easy-to-read volume: A vivid, region-by region account of the history development, and culture of the Native American Comprehensive stae-by-state listings of sites and museums, with descriptions and evaluations Exact directions for getting there Guided scientific tours and how to arrange visits to remote, unusual sites Archaeology is a living science; new pieces in the puzzle of American's prehistoric past are being uncovered every day. Amateurs are working side-by-side with professionals to discover and protect the fragile traces of early human life in North America. "The Passionate Amateur's Guide to Archaeology in the United States" provides you with everything you need to know to join in this fascinating adventure.