Old Traditions and New Directions
The concluding chapter of books such as this one can be written from a variety of perspectives. In this particular case I do not think it would be useful to abstract the details of the 11,000 or so years of the local archaeological record or to recount in detail my interpretations of that prehistory. Both areas of concern were addressed fully in the pertinent chapters. Instead, it might be more beneficial to reinforce a central and unifying theme of the entire book. I refer to the notion that a contemporary understanding of Chesapeake prehistory requires consideration of both old traditions and new directions. In particular, I would like to reflect on four areas of interest that have dominated the previous chapters. These include the study area in its larger regional context, past and present ideas about the meaning of the archaeological record, the culture history of the Chesapeake, and new or different interpretations of study area prehistoric lifeways. With each aspect I would like to revisit and emphasize the interplay of old traditions and new directions. In addition, I then want to take a moment to look at possible directions for Chesapeake archaeology in the future. That look at the future will be followed by the briefest of conclusions.
KeywordsArchaeological Record Culture History Amateur Archaeologist American Indian Community Archaic Period
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