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Sept. 17, 2009

UI Press releases three new field guides Oct. 1

The University of Iowa Press will release three new Bur Oak Guides on Oct. 1 2009 -- "A Guide to Projectile Points of Iowa" in two volumes, and "Fringed Orchids in Your Pocket: A Guide to Native Platanthera Species of the Continental United States and Canada."

The guides will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

Bur Oak Guides, designed to fit in a hiker's pocket, assist in the exploration and enjoyment of the natural environment.

Part 1 of archaeologist Joseph A. Tiffany's guide to projectile points illustrates and describes arrowheads, darts, knives and spear points from the Paleoindian, Late Paleoindian, Early Archaic and Middle Archaic Periods. Part 2 continues with Middle Archair and moves through the Late Archaic, Woodland and Late Prehistoic periods.

The two parts depict a total of 61 full-size stone point types in color by archaeological period. References are also provided for those wishing to learn more about each type shown. Tiffany lists the stone type for each point as well as its estimated range of use based on calibrated radiocarbon age, catalog number and the county where it was found.

By providing actual-size color images by Christian A. Driver, each part is very easy to use in the field, lab or classroom.

Colin Betts of Luther College wrote, "The comprehensive visual record of points from Iowa contexts is unavailable in any other context. Coupled with descriptions of both the stone raw material and county of origin, it provides a unique and valuable documentation of this important facet of Iowa's prehistory."

Tiffany is executive director and professor of archaeology at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

In "Fringed Orchids in Your Pocket," orchid specialist Paul Martin Brown provides a description, general distributional information, time of flowering and habitat requirements for each species as well as a complete list of hybrids and the many different growth and color forms that can make identifying orchids so challenging. For the fringed-lipped orchids, which make up some of the most intriguing and richly colored of all wild orchids, he includes information on 14 species and 13 hybrids.

Founder and editor of the North American Native Orchid Journal, Brown is the author of 11 books, most recently "Wild Orchids of the Northeast" and "Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Texas."

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

CONTACT: Allison Means, UI Press, Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,