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Nantucket and Other Native Places
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An indispensible, up-to-date overview of the archaeology of the Native peoples and earliest settlers of eastern Massachusetts. The archaeology and histories of the Native peoples and earliest settlers of eastern Massachusetts come vividly to life in these pages.Leading archaeologists and anthropologists share the latest findings and interpretations of such topics as: the archaeology of the Jethro Coffin House, arguably the oldest house in Nantucket; the origin and significance of maize horticulture; the production and distribution of wampum; Native women sachems of Martha's Vinyard; Native vernacular architecture at Nantucket; the "Indian planting fields" at Concord, Massachusetts; fertilizer and Native horticulture; the enduring strands of significance of drift whales; and an insightful examination of a seventeenth-century house in Duxbury, Massachusetts. A tribute to the career of the influential archaeologist Elizabeth Alden Little (1926-2003), Nantucket and Other Native Places offers an essential introduction to the archaeology of eastern Massachusetts.

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  1. Nantucket and Other Native Places
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  1. Nantucket and Other Native Places: The Legacy of Elizabeth Alden Little
  2. p. ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iv-v
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vi-ix
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  1. Tables
  2. p. x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xii-xiii
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  1. 1 The “Ancient Dwelling” on Sunset Hill: Preliminary Archaeological Investigations at the Jethro Coffin House
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2 Native American Architecture on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
  2. pp. 25-62
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  1. 3 Drift Whales at Nantucket: The Kindness of Moshup
  2. pp. 63-86
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  1. 4 Island Queens: Women Sachems on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in the Colonial Period
  2. pp. 87-102
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  1. 5 Pilgrim Subsistence: A Seventeenth-Century Profile from the John and Priscilla Alden House, Duxbury, Massachusetts
  2. pp. 103-118
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  1. 6 The “Indian Planting Fields” in Concord, Massachusetts: Influence of New Techniques on Archaeological Explanatory Models
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. 7 Wampum Use in Southern New England: The Paradox of Bead Production without the Use of Political Belt
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. 8 The Origin and Spread of Maize (Zea Mays) in New England
  2. pp. 159-179
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  1. 9 Limestone, Shell, and the Archaeological Visibility of Maize and Beans in New England: A Fertilizer Hypothes
  2. pp. 181-200
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  1. 10 An Intellectual Biography of Elizabeth Alden Little, 1927–2003
  2. pp. 201-209
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  1. Afterword A Presentation at Elizabeth A. Little’s Memorial Celebration, September 12, 2003
  2. pp. 211-213
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  1. A Comprehensive List of the Works of Elizabeth Alden Little
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-237
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