By Richard J. Dent Jr.
Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st booklet in virtually a century to synthesize the archaeological list of the zone delivering new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This updated paintings offers a brand new form of neighborhood archaeology that explores modern principles in regards to the nature of the previous. furthermore, the amount examines prehistoric tradition and heritage of the full zone and contains aiding lists of radiocarbon assays. a different characteristic is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the nearby panorama over the last 10-15,000 years.
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Each subheading below labels one of the five periods of the general history. Antiquarianism A curiosity about objects from the past antedates the formalization of archaeology as a discipline in this region as it did elsewhere. I have therefore found it 26 CHAPTER 2 necessary, like others producing archaeological histories, to include an initial period that is characterized by activities centered mainly around little more than the acquisition of artifacts. Such historical periods are sometimes created to address what motivated people to collect artifacts, but more often such periods are constructed to herald just how far we have come as students of the past.
Second, the BAE had just succeeded in settUng the Moundbuilder controversy. Indians had been linked to the mounds, and to the BAE the whole of the rest of the archaeological record was therefore now likewise THE IDEA OF THE PAST 35 associated with the direct ancestors of those peoples. As Meltzer (1983:14-15) comments, to accept a much earUer Paleolithic race on the continent during the Pleistocene would introduce a massive temporal and cultural chasm into the BAE's view of the archaeological record.
It is my intention, as stated previously, to consider a broad range of factors—both social and ecological—that may have been relevant to the occurrence of events in the past. Inspiration for these factors typically originates from any number of sources: from anthropology, ethnohistory, and ethnoarchaeology, from actuaUstic and experimental studies, and from other disciplines such as ecology. These factors are used to produce what are conceptualizations of particular ways of life that may have existed within contexts similar to those at one time present in the prehistoric Chesapeake region.