Journal of Archaeological Research

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 281–325

The Archaeology of Native Societies in the Chesapeake: New Investigations and Interpretations



Archaeological studies of Native American societies in the Chesapeake have recently incorporated a broader range of interpretive frames, including those that emphasize historical contingency and social interaction rather than cultural ecology and cultural materialism. New evidence of Woodland-period population movements, persistent places, and cycles of social ranking has prompted historically oriented interpretations that foreground particular configurations of ideology, tradition, ritual, and agency. Contact-period studies have demonstrated that native strategies of the colonial period were rooted in precontact social landscapes. Contemporary American Indians are also reclaiming their pasts in ways that challenge archaeological practices and further broaden perspectives on the Chesapeake past.


Chesapeake Woodland period Contact period Descendant communities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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