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By Richard J. Dent Jr.

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st booklet in nearly a century to synthesize the archaeological checklist of the zone supplying new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This up to date paintings provides a brand new form of neighborhood archaeology that explores modern rules in regards to the nature of the previous. additionally, the amount examines prehistoric tradition and background of the full quarter and contains assisting lists of radiocarbon assays. a different function is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the neighborhood panorama over the last 10-15,000 years.

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Perhaps my rationalization has been lengthy, but the subject of explanation is, after all, still a rather inflammatory issue in archaeology. My final observation about this matter is therefore simple and short. It applies to both this research and to all other such undertakings. Scholarly discourse is always ultimately dialectical. It involves a larger process external to any single study. And it manifests itself through critical tension and debate between old interpretations, new directions, and future rethinking.

This problem relates to the ever-present flat past that still dominated regional archaeology. While Ferguson did excavate a remarkable assemblage of prehistoric artifacts at Accokeek Creek, no European trade goods were ever recovered on the site during her years of excavadons or during subsequent more localized testing that has since taken place at the site (Thurman 1972; Gary Hume, personal communication, 1989). The presence of European trade goods on Chesapeake sites has long appeared to be an accurate register of sites occupied during the Contact period.

Marye 1963). 7 represents a tangible artifact of the impact of a limited past on local archaeology This early map was apparently printed by the Maryland Academy of Sciences in 1938. The makers of the map became blatant in their attempts to equate ethnographic groups with archaeological data. In fact, even at that time, there was enough debate over the map's apparent conclusions to prevent its widespread circulation (Bastian 1980:4). Still, the mapmakers' simple formula of equating an archaeological site or feature wdth a known historic aboriginal group was in the spirit of the times.

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