The Gulf of Maine has a rich history of archaeological research that goes back to the 1839 discovery of coastal shell middens. Bourque, chief archaeologist and curator of ethnography at the Maine State Museum, surveys the findings of this archaeological research as well as the ethnohistorical record, providing a thorough history of the Paleo-Indian period to the present from a Native American perspective. Drawing upon diverse sources and incorporating various archival materials and museum collections, Bourque attests to a formerly underappreciated cultural dynamism that resulted from extensive interaction with groups throughout the peninsula. The substantial appendix on traditional material culture is richly detailed with ethnohistorical accounts and illustrations of wigwams, canoes, and dress. The prose is scholarly but accessible to the lay reader. Appropriate for all academic and larger public libraries, particularly those with an interest in American archaeology and history. Nancy B. Turner, New Mexico State Univ. Lib., Las Cruces
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Good general reference book on history of native americans in Maine. The Swordfish Hunters by the same author is also very good and provides info on a little known (by me)... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sagamore
Twelve Thousand Years is an excellent written and researched book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the prehistory of the Maritime Peninusla of North America. Read morePublished 17 months ago by maurice j aubut