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

By Richard J. Dent Jr.

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st booklet in virtually a century to synthesize the archaeological checklist of the sector supplying new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This up to date paintings provides a brand new form of local archaeology that explores modern principles in regards to the nature of the previous. furthermore, the amount examines prehistoric tradition and heritage of the whole quarter and comprises assisting lists of radiocarbon assays. a distinct function is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the nearby panorama during the last 10-15,000 years.

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As with most histories, boundaries are occasionally porous, and specific trends that were developed in some of the periods defy tight chronological closure. This is especially true of the first period in this history. I have generally attempted to appreciate developments within each of the five periods from the perspective of their own era. I have tried to demonstrate that at least some of these earlier periods have a unique implicitness and more internal consistency than we have sometimes wanted to believe.

Finally, the BAE was consciously trying to create a professional science of anthropology and archaeology, preferably in its own image. Institutional esprit de corps and perhaps even a tinge of nationalism, given that the archaeological record of the United States was increasingly being presented as less unique and more like that of Europe, may have helped urge them into the fray. The BAE's response was delivered by Holmes. , and it ultimately proved devastating to Abbott and the notion of a North American Paleolithic.

Finally, archaeology is itself generally an artifact of the middle class (see Trigger 1989). Activity within that enterprise, collecting being the prime example, potentially can be seen as a vehicle for the acquisition or reaffirmation of that status. Reasons for display of objects of antiquity at early museums or similar institutions were, at least, less idiosyncratic. On the surface, such displays in Europe and in the United States helped to satisfy the public's curiosity about the past. Public curiosity, in turn, provided sponsors some hope of a monetary return on their efforts and investment.

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