By Richard J. Dent Jr.

ISBN-10: 0306450283

ISBN-13: 9780306450280

ISBN-10: 058529562X

ISBN-13: 9780585295626

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st ebook in virtually a century to synthesize the archaeological list of the area providing 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 earlier. additionally, the quantity examines prehistoric tradition and background of the whole zone and comprises assisting lists of radiocarbon assays. a distinct function is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the local panorama during the last 10-15,000 years.

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In this sense, the preceding 7000 years of what was essentially social sameness becomes all the more intriguing. Archaeology is equipped to isolate the artifacts that provide answers to the question of how society initiated and maintained this new way of social reproduction. Chesapeake prehistory of this era is littered vnth artifacts of the invention and development of this new way of life. The archaeological record is a witness to a container revolution, expansion of infrastructure at sites and across the landscape, development of new portable technologies and new subsistence and storage practices, an elaboration of mortuary rituals, as well as the creation of new and very different social and political systems.

Finally, in the last chapter I return to the theme that a contemporary understanding of Chesapeake prehistory requires consideration of both old traditions and new directions. In particular I reflect on the expression of this theme in the various focal points that constitute my discussion of regional prehistory. Prospects for future research and analysis are addressed, followed by a brief concluding statement. Chapter A The Idea of the Past INTRODUCTION Archaeology, as a discipline with its eye on the past, is itself increasingly coming under historical scrutiny General histories by Gordon Willey and Jeremy Sabloff (1993) and Trigger (1989) are perhaps some of the more visible artifacts of this process.

Even though, as Trigger (1989:4) points out, historical examinations are notoriously subjective, such research does offer a unique datum from which to view the accomplishments of a discipline. While such a perspective admittedly does little to stop new desecrations of the past, historical reflection might at least help present researchers avoid the repetition of old abuses. 23 24 CHAPTER 2 Several specific reasons for producing this particular history can also be cited. First, I see this book as part of a greater tradition.

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