Light from Ancient Campfires
336 pages, 7 x 10
Release Date:01 Jan 2011

Light from Ancient Campfires

Archaeological Evidence for Native Lifeways on the Northern Plains

Athabasca University Press

Light from Ancient Campfires is the first book in twentyyears to gather together a comprehensive prehistoric archaeologicalrecord of the Alberta Plains First Nations. In this monumentalexamination of the region’s earliest inhabitants, author TrevorPeck reviews the many changes of interpretation that have occurred inrelevant literature published during the last two decades.

Beginning with the earliest archaeological evidence for people inAlberta, Light from Ancient Campfires chronologically coverseach sequence, moving forward in time toward the present. Throughouthis research, Peck asks the following questions: What defines thecultural entity? How has our notion of it changed with increasedinformation? What is the current state of thought concerning thisissue? Light from Ancient Campfires provides a new definition for eacharchaeological phase, setting previous literature in a new light.

RELATED TOPICS: Archaeology, Indigenous Studies

Trevor R. Peck is the plains archaeologist at theArchaeological Survey with the Alberta government. He received his MAfrom the University of Alberta and his PhD from the University ofCalgary. The author of numerous articles and monographs, Dr.Peck’s research interests include the prehistory of the northernplains, public archaeology, and archaeological theory.


1. Earliest Inhabitants

Prior to ca. 11,050 bp

2. Early Prehistoric Period

ca. 11,050 to 8,600 bp

3. Early to Middle Prehistoric PeriodTransition

ca. 8,600 to 7,500 bp

4. Middle Prehistoric Period

ca. 7,500 to 1,500 bp

5. Middle to Late Prehistoric Period Transition

ca. 1,500 to 1,350 bp

6. Late Prehistoric Period

ca. 1,350 to 250 bp

7. Late Prehistoric To Historic PeriodTransition

Protohistoric Period, ca. 250 to 200 bp

8. Commentary



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