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Old Place, Safe And Quiet

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Over 3,000 years ago, in what would be northern North America, there was a cultural fluorescence. Native Americans were exchanging materials and ideas over long distances, and their shamans were overseeing treatment of the dead and conducting ceremonies to insure entry into the spirit world. The author details how archaeologists discovered their story.

The discovery, excavation, and interpretation of data on one of the most significant ancient Native American archaeological ...

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Overview

Over 3,000 years ago, in what would be northern North America, there was a cultural fluorescence. Native Americans were exchanging materials and ideas over long distances, and their shamans were overseeing treatment of the dead and conducting ceremonies to insure entry into the spirit world. The author details how archaeologists discovered their story.

The discovery, excavation, and interpretation of data on one of the most significant ancient Native American archaeological sites in the Northeast is chronicled. Research team leader Alan Leveillee outlines the regional, environmental, and cultural contexts, details the archaeological methodology, and synthesizes the results of analyses of lithics, metals, flora, fauna, and soils, and presents the on-site observations and interpretations of the Native American representative of the team.

Focusing on the discovery and subsequent archaeological approach to the first professionally excavated secondary burial complex in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Leveillee demonstrates that anthropological models enable consideration of how artifacts and features reveal 3,500-year-old ideologies, ceremonies, and social systems—the archaeology of ideas.

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The results and interpretations of an archaeological excavation of a prehistoric Native American burial cremation site conducted in 1992 along the Blackstone River in Millbury, Massachusetts. The study was conducted as a planning element prior to the expansion of a utility company facility. Synthesizing the literature arising from the study, Leveillee (Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc.) presents information on the environmental setting, cultural context, research design and methodology, features and artifacts, analytical results, and interpretations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897898607
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ALAN LEVEILLEE is Senior Archaeologist, principal investigator, and Director of Educational Programs at the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., a southern New England CRM firm.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Environmental Setting

Cultural Context

Research Design and Methodologies

The Archaeological Record: Features and Artifacts

Analytical Results

Interpretations

Epilogue

References

Glossary

Appendix: Transcripts of Native American Representative Conversation Logs

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