Presents the history of archaeology in Missouri and uses it as a vehicle to examine the development of Americanist archaeology in general. Demonstrates how amateur and trained archaeologists have examined artifacts and sites and how their views of the past have changed over the past 150 years, and discusses the state's prominent place in the development of professional societies and reservoir- salvage archaeology. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Of interest to students and scholars in archaeology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.