Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Ecology in the Far Northeast
Archaeology - Anthropology
8.5 x 11, 264 pp.
92 b&w photos. 34 line art. References. Index.
Pub Date: 09/18/2012
Peopling of the Americas Publications
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Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Ecology in the Far Northeast

Edited by Claude Chapdelaine

The Far Northeast, a peninsula incorporating the six New England states, New York east of the Hudson, Quebec south of the St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Maritime Provinces, provided the setting for a distinct chapter in the peopling of North America. Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Ecology in the Far Northeast focuses on the Clovis pioneers and their eastward migration into this region, inhospitable before 13,500 years ago, especially in its northern latitudes.

Bringing together the last decade or so of research on the Paleoindian presence in the area, Claude Chapdelaine and the contributors to this volume discuss, among other topics, the style variations in the fluted points left behind by these migrating peoples, a broader disparity than previously thought. This book offers not only an opportunity to review new data and interpretations in most areas of the Far Northeast, including a first glimpse at the Cliche-Rancourt Site, the only known fluted point site in Quebec, but also permits these new findings to shape revised interpretations of old sites. The accumulation of research findings in the Far Northeast has been steady, and this timely book presents some of the most interesting results, offering fresh perspectives on the prehistory of this important region.

CLAUDE CHAPDELAINE, a professor of archaeology at the Université de Montréal, specializes in the prehistory of North America.

What Readers Are Saying:

"The region Chapdelaine calls the Far Northeast was still cloaked with glacial ice when early bands of humans were already well established elsewhere on the North American continent. How they subsequently expanded northward and adapted to this bleak landscape once the ice melted is the subject of this fascinating volume. Leading scholars in the region have made the most of the latest finds to understand human adaptation in this corner of a long lost world. It is archaeological science at its best."--Dean R. Snow, professor, Pennsylvania State University

“Pris dans son ensemble, l´ouvrage présente une grande pertinence. Son contenu s´articule de maniére cohérente et l´ecriture en est élegante. Il s´adresse autant à l´expert qu´au neophyte et présente une somme impressionnante d´informations . . . De plus, il constitute un bel exemple de cooperation entre chercheurs de différents horizons nationaux.  De fait, nous sommes d´avis que cet ouvrage marque un jalon dans l´avancement des recherches sur le sujet.”—Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec

"I highly recommend this collection . . . this book provided new updates and interpretations and will make a timely and important contribution to the Paleoindian studies of this region and North America in general."--Kurt Carr, senior curator of archaeology, State Museum of Pennsylvania and former chief of the Division of Archaeology and Preservation for Pennsylvania

“…fascinating information is presented in this nicely illustrated volume…”—American Archaeology

“This impressive, well-researched, and illustrated volume is a must for all those interested in Paleoindian studies in North America. Essential.” --J. B. Richardson III, CHOICE

"Regardless of when the first footprints were made on the soil of the Americas or even where one believes the very first humans to occupy this continent came from, the first inhabitants of the Far Northeast of North America followed closely the disappearing Laurentide glacier.  These Palaeoindians, unlike their relatives to the south and west, were adapting to a nascent landscape emerging from the endless slumber of the Pleistocene and undergoing incredible changes within a relatively short span of time. They likely gazed at the melting ice mass and some even lived near the shores of the vast Champlain Sea. This book provides a much needed update of that incredible story of human adaptation on the very edge of the inhabitable world.  It benefits from and presents decades of new research on an ever-expanding inventory of known sites with regional overviews, site specific discussions and critical new palaeo-environmental and economic reconstructions. The Far Northeast should no longer be considered peripheral to the discussion of Palaeoindian culture history.  Rather, it stands as a growing testament to humanity's relentless quest for new horizons and its ability to confront some of the harshest environmental challenges of the end of the last Ice Age."--Dr. Jean-Luc Pilon, Curator of Ontario Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

"This nicely illustrated volume will be of great interest to all Paleoindian researchers...the studies published in this volume help to expose important differences and similarities between the Paleoindian records of the upper Midwest/Great Lakes and Far Northeast...This volume is an important contribution to the archaeology of North America, and it should be in every Paleoindian researcher's library."--Brad H. Koldehoff, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology

“This book is an important step forward in the research of the peopling of America . . . this volume will have value to anyone researching the earliest peoples of the Northeast for a long time to come.”—Christopher B. Wolff, American Antiquity

“It is well edited and nicely designed, with many excellent photos. Anyone interested in how humans first populated New England needs to own this important work.” —Donald R. Prothero, Vertebrate Paleontology, Natural History  Museum of Los Angeles County, The Quarterly Review of Biology


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