By Richard J. Dent Jr.

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st publication in virtually a century to synthesize the archaeological list of the area delivering new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This up to date paintings provides a brand new form of local archaeology that explores modern principles concerning the nature of the previous. additionally, the quantity examines prehistoric tradition and background of the complete quarter and contains helping lists of radiocarbon assays. a distinct function is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the local panorama over the last 10-15,000 years.

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Map titled "The Indian Tribes of the State of Maryland as Seen by Capt. " A direct effort is made on this map to link prehistoric archaeological sites with known historic Indian groups. Courtesy of Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore. 7. 8. , circa 1920. Courtesy of the Ferguson Foundation, Accokeek, Maryland. can be identified witfi considerable certainty as the Moyaone mentioned by Captain John Smith as the site of a king's house. (1937:3) It is now generally agreed that the Ferguson's Accokeek Creek site actually dates to the late prehistoric period, possibly to sometime around the early to mid-sixteenth century.

V Proudfit, Elmer R. Reynolds, and Joseph Wigglesworth. While most of these individuals were active in other professions, their real calling appears to 42 CHAPTER 2 have been archaeology. The other interesting fact about many of these investigators is that most were influenced by various BAE scientists, some directly, others indirectly. Their private collections had often been called on in the past to provide evidence of this or that BAE position. These individuals often arrived at the BAE to use the library and discuss their thinking on various subjects (see Judd 1967).

Possible scenarios for the development of these chiefdoms are reviewed. Finally, in the last chapter I return to the theme that a contemporary understanding of Chesapeake prehistory requires consideration of both old traditions and new directions. In particular I reflect on the expression of this theme in the various focal points that constitute my discussion of regional prehistory. Prospects for future research and analysis are addressed, followed by a brief concluding statement. Chapter A The Idea of the Past INTRODUCTION Archaeology, as a discipline with its eye on the past, is itself increasingly coming under historical scrutiny General histories by Gordon Willey and Jeremy Sabloff (1993) and Trigger (1989) are perhaps some of the more visible artifacts of this process.

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