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

By Richard J. Dent Jr.

Chesapeake Prehistory is the 1st e-book in nearly 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 prior. furthermore, the amount examines prehistoric tradition and background of the full zone and comprises helping lists of radiocarbon assays. a distinct characteristic is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the local panorama during the last 10-15,000 years.

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Captain John Smith's 1608 map of the Chesapeake region. Smith had placed symbols on this map noting the locations of two different classes of Indian villages along the Bay and its major tributaries. Ferguson states: During the past three years the writer has been excavating the site of an Indian village on the south bank of the Potomac just below Piscataway Creek. 7. 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.

The gentlemen responded promptly to the call, and it was decided to prepare first a series of short papers to be read before the society, and afterwards make them exhaustive so as to form a monograph . . (Mason 1889:226) At this meeting, papers were read by W J. McGee (geologisL/BAE ethnologist), Thomas Wilson (Smithsonian, Department of Antiquities), S. V Proudfit (collector from Falls Church, Virginia), William Henry Holmes (BAE archaeologist), Elmer Reynolds (collector and Federal pension examiner), and James Mooney (BAE ethnologist).

The two animals resemble one another in outhne, yet are clearly different based on tail and foot details. They could represent some sort of presumably mythical composite creatures, but a number of investigators believe the right figure to represent a white-tailed deer and the left to be a mountain Hon (Felis concolor). Two questions naturally come to a viewer of this object: Did it belong to the historical figure Powhatan, and what does the design mean? The answer to either question is, of course, problematic.

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