Diversity and Complexity in Prehistoric Maritime Societies

A Gulf of Maine Perspective

  • Bruce J. Bourque

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pages 1-11
  3. Pages 13-19
  4. Pages 33-39
  5. Pages 41-95
  6. Pages 97-167
  7. Pages 169-222
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-414

About this book


New England archaeology has not always been everyone's cup of tea; only late in the Golden of nineteenth-century archaeology, as archaeology's focus turned westward, did a few pioneers look northward as well, causing a brief flurry of investigation and excavation. Between 1892 and 1894, Charles C. Willoughby did some exemplary excavations at three small burial sites in Bucksport, Orland, and Ellsworth, Maine, and made some models of that activity for exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair. These activities were encouraged by E Putnam, director of the Harvard Peabody Museum and head of anthropology at the "Columbian" Exposition. Even earlier, another director of the Peabody, Jeffries Wyman, spawned some real interest in the shellheaps of the Maine coast, but that did not last very long. Twentieth-century New England archaeology, specifically in Maine, was--for its first fifty years--rather low key too, with short-lived but important activity by Arlo and Oric (a Bates Harvard student) prior to World War Later, I. another Massachusetts institution, the Peabody Foundation at Andover, took some minor but responsible steps toward further understanding of the area's prehistoric past.


Gulf of Maine Keramik Turner Farm site Vor- und Frühgeschichte artifacts cultural remains geoarchaeology human burials lithic artifacts prehistoric maritime society prehistory

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce J. Bourque
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Maine State MuseumAugusta
  2. 2.Bates CollegeLewiston

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-44874-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-585-27574-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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