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

By Richard J. Dent Jr.

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st publication in virtually a century to synthesize the archaeological checklist of the zone supplying new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This updated paintings offers a brand new kind of nearby archaeology that explores modern principles concerning the nature of the earlier. furthermore, the quantity examines prehistoric tradition and historical past of the full zone and comprises aiding lists of radiocarbon assays. a different function is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the neighborhood panorama during the last 10-15,000 years.

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4). At early stages of this sequence implements do appear very crude. Nevertheless, Holmes correctly concluded that a relative crudeness in appearance was not a reliable chronological indicator. He then went on to suggest that the so-called paleoUths, at least from this site, were rejects from the various stages of manufacture and were not of paleolithic age. The paper that he read to ASW was published just two months later in the January 1890 issue of the American Anthropologist. It essentially substantiated Proudfit's earlier conclusions concerning the so-called local paleoUths delivered at the ASW symposium of the year before.

Current opinion seems to be that the younger Tradescant may have acquired the object on one of his three collecting trips to Virginia. 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.

They represent interpretive scenarios that hopefully have explanatory value vis-a-vis certain long-term patterns and key disjunctures in the archaeological record of the Chesapeake region. This brings us to a consideration of checks that could potentially monitor my perceptions of Chesapeake prehistory. First, while I may represent a minority opinion, I feel there is still room in archaeology and in science in general to acknowledge an investigator's ability to recognize worthwhile explanations.

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