Chesapeake Prehistory: Old Traditions, New Directions by Richard J. Dent Jr.

By Richard J. Dent Jr.

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st publication in nearly a century to synthesize the archaeological checklist of the area supplying new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This updated paintings provides a brand new form of neighborhood archaeology that explores modern rules in regards to the nature of the prior. additionally, the quantity examines prehistoric tradition and heritage of the total sector and comprises aiding lists of radiocarbon assays. a special function is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the local panorama during the last 10-15,000 years.

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Many now-existing local histories are factual, chronologically oriented examinations written from the perspective of archaeology in one of the three states that make up the region. The perspective 1 take here is instead a regionally based history of ideas; that is, 1 intend to examine how archaeologists have constructed local prehistory My reasons for approaching the history of Chesapeake archaeology in this manner deserve some brief elaboration. In attempting any archaeological history it is now almost obligatory to recite R.

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Yet this activity even slips back into prehistory itself, and it continues up until today. In fact, it is probably belter to view this particular period as characterizing an outlook rather than as being a temporally bounded entity. Definition of this outlook is rather simple. People and institutions sought to amass collections of prehistoric artifacts from sites across the Chesapeake region. Objects were also collected from native groups still living in the region at the time of early colonization.

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