Mostly Sand and Gravel: Artifact Adventures on the High Plains

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Mostly Sand and Gravel: Artifact Adventures on the High Plains is an anthology of stories about artifact hunting on the high plains of eastern Colorado, western Nebraska and Kansas. While the pursuit of ancient rock treasures is the backdrop for this collection of essays, the author’s main purpose in writing is often to speak of shared moments with friends and family, exploration of nature’s wild places, and connections and reflections—connections to those first men and women who walked upon this land at the very...
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Overview

Mostly Sand and Gravel: Artifact Adventures on the High Plains is an anthology of stories about artifact hunting on the high plains of eastern Colorado, western Nebraska and Kansas. While the pursuit of ancient rock treasures is the backdrop for this collection of essays, the author’s main purpose in writing is often to speak of shared moments with friends and family, exploration of nature’s wild places, and connections and reflections—connections to those first men and women who walked upon this land at the very alpha of our prehistory, and reflections upon the human struggles and challenges we still face at the dawn of this new millennium. Several of these articles have been previously published in Indian Artifact Magazine or Prehistoric American Magazine. The author is well known in the artifact collecting world, both for his ability to spin an interesting tale and because of his family’s extensive collection of artifacts that they themselves have found while floating rivers or hiking the prairie. Throughout the book the author reveals many of his personal “secrets” for successful hunting and the thoughtful reader should gain important information and knowledge to enhance his/her own artifact collecting adventures.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595215737
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Bringing the ancients into Now!

    Mostly Sand and Gravel seems to deal as much with relationships, communion with the natural world, love and family fellowship, as it does with hunting the artifacts of the ancients. I sensed a great deal of love and affection for the father of the author, as well as his wife and children. Tom Westfall is a sage of the prarie and his love of the connection between then and now is quite evident. His folksie method of storytelling makes each adventure into a spellbinding search for the ancient connection that dwells in us all. His humor, pathos, and insight bring a sense of connection to the reader. I will read anything this author writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    A must read...

    This is an excellent book. I enjoyed reading about the various types of artifact collecting in which the author and his family engage. I also found it interesting to have the author discuss things like parenting and his relationship with his children and other family members. This is a good read for anyone who has a hobby that they share with others.

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