Chesapeake Prehistory is the first book in almost a century to synthesize the archaeological record of the region offering new interpretations of prehistoric lifeways. This up-to-date work presents a new type of regional archaeology that explores contemporary ideas about the nature of the past. In addition, the volume examines prehistoric culture and history of the entire region and includes supporting lists of radiocarbon assays. A unique feature is a reconstruction of the dramatic transformation of the regional landscape over the past 10-15,000 years.
Author Richard J. Dent's treatise incorporates traditional ideas about patterns and processes evident in local prehistory with recent ideas on the nature of the past and prehistoric lifeways. His study integrates a large body of data that has accumulated since the last archaeological study on the region was published. B&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)