The Far Northeast: 3000 BP to Contact
by Kenneth R. Holyoke and M. Gabriel Hrynick
March 2022, ISBN: 978-0-7766-2965-0,
646 pages ,167 illustrations , 15 x 23 cm, paperback
The Far Northeast: 3000 BP to Contact is the first book to synthesize archaeological research from across Atlantic Canada and northern New England for the period spanning from 3,000 years ago to European contact. Focusing on intra- and inter-regional cultural connections, this collective work offers an in-depth case study of hunter-gatherer lifeways.
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 position in Woodland discourse, this work offers a much-needed 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 draw on decades of research on this period, both in terms of variability in the region, and integration within broader cultural patterns in the Northeast and beyond.
The Far Northeast is the first book to be published under the banner of the Mercury Series’ 50th anniversary in 2022.