Light from Ancient Campfires: Archaeological Evidence for Native Lifeways on the Northern Plains

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Athabasca University Press, 2010 - History - 508 pages
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"the first book in twenty years to gather together a comprehensive prehistoric record

Light from Ancient Campfires is the first book in twenty years to gather together a comprehensive archaeological record of the Northern Plains First Nations. Beginning with the earliest material traces of a human presence in Alberta, author Trevor Peck embarks on a monumental and detailed study of the physical evidence left behind by the area's original inhabitants. It is through the careful interpretation of these material remains that we are able to glean knowledge of the region's prehistoric cultures and of early Native lifeways. In the course of his survey, Peck accordingly reviews the shifting interpretations of the archaeological record that have emerged over the past two decades, asking how new information has altered our understanding of what allows us to identify and define a distinct culture.
 

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This book is a compilation of learning about the archaeology of the northern plains. Much of the book is just that - an up to date compilation of previous archaeological findings and research. There ... Read full review

Contents

estevan phase ca 4900 to 4500
169
The Sites
171
Oxbow Beginnings on the Alberta Plains
176
oxbow phase ca 4500 to 4100
180
The Sites
181
Cemeteries Boiling Pits and More
191
mckean complex ca 4200 to 3500
199
The Sites
203
sandy creek complex ca 2500
250
The Sites
251
Besant Beginnings?
254
bracken phase ca 2800 to 2100
256
The Sites
257
Industrializing Bison Pounding and Mobilizing a Workforce
275
besant phase ca 2100 to 1500
282
The Sites
286

Migrants from the Big Horn BasinBlack Hills Area
216
pelican lake complex ca 3600 to 2800
224
The Sites
227
The Twilight Days of Bison Stalking
235
outlook complex ca 2500
241
The sites
242
The First Wave of Middle Missouri Invaders
247
A Renewed Perspective
303
5
304
middle to late prehistoric period transition
309
The Sites
312
Reviving the NewmanSyms Perspective
321
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About the author (2010)

Trevor R. Peck is the plains archaeologist at theArchaeological Survey with the Alberta government. He received his MAfrom the University of Alberta and his PhD from the University ofCalgary. The author of numerous articles and monographs, Dr.Peck's research interests include the prehistory of the northernplains, public archaeology, and archaeological theory.

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