The Far Northeast: 3000 BP to Contact is the first volume to synthesize archaeological research from across Atlantic Canada and northern New England for the period spanning from 3000 years ago to European contact.
Recently, notions of the “Woodland period” in the broader Northeast have drawn scrutiny from experts due to increasing awareness that its hallmarks—such as horticulture, village formation, mortuary ceremonialism, and the advent of various technologies—appear to be less synchronous than once thought.
By paying particular attention to the Far Northeast and its unique (yet sometimes marginal) position in Woodland discourse, this work offers a much-needed in-depth look at one of the best-documented cases of hunter-gatherer persistence and adaptation at the eve of European contact.
Penned by academic, government, and cultural-resource-management archaeologists, the seventeen chapters in The Far Northeast: 3000 BP to Contact draw on decades of research in considering this period, both in terms of variability within the region, and integration with broader cultural patterns in the Northeast and beyond.
Published in English.
About the authors
M. Gabriel Hrynick is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick.
Excerpt: The Far Northeast: 3000 BP to Contact (edited by Kenneth R. Holyoke & M. Gabriel Hrynick; adapted by Alexandre Pelletier-Michaud)
"This volume arises from a number of observations and suppositions about both the period (3000 BP to European contact) and the scholarship on it that have emerged in recent research. The first was, simply, that the Far Northeast—roughly northern New England, the Atlantic provinces, and the nearby parts of Labrador—had a collection of papers about its Palaeoindian and Archaic periods published relatively recently. These contributions serve an important role of culture-historical synthesis that does not exist for the Far Northeast after 3000 BP, and one that the seventeen papers in this volume help to address."