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

By Richard J. Dent Jr.

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st ebook in nearly a century to synthesize the archaeological list of the zone supplying new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This up to date paintings provides a brand new form of nearby archaeology that explores modern rules concerning the nature of the earlier. furthermore, the amount examines prehistoric tradition and historical past of the total sector and contains assisting lists of radiocarbon assays. a different characteristic is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the neighborhood panorama during the last 10-15,000 years.

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His 1637 journey appears to be the most likely candidate for this particular acquisition. Alternatively, the elder Tradescant is known to have had many contacts, and the object could conceivably have been presented directly to him through an unknown intermediary. For example. " Later, in 1662, the entire collection was deeded to Elias Ashmole and eventually formed the foundation for the museum that today bears his name. The following brief description of the mantle is a synopsis of the official description written for the Ashmolean Museum by Christian Feest (1983).

While there is some reluctance to associate the former item with Powhatan himself, few doubt that both objects date to the very early seventeenth century. As such, they deserve some discussion in this context. The most well known surviving object from the Chesapeake from this era, or for that matter any era, is Powhatan's Mantle, now curated by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. The object can be historically traced to a collection amassed by John Tradescant, the elder, and his son, John Tradescant, the younger.

Regional archaeologists were responding in two ways to Charles C. Abbott's claims of deep antiquity for the archaeological record of North America based on his discoveries at Trenton, New Jersey Wilson, for example, had hved in THE IDEA OF THE PAST 33 France and studied its antiquities. He was also well aware of the research of Abbott and others. The conclusion of Wilson's article states: . . when I review all these facts 1 am forced to the conclusion that the implements I exhibit from the District of Columbia are of the same paleolithic type as those found in the gravels at Trenton and elsewhere, and that they tend to prove the existence of a paleolithic period in the United States.

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