Light from Ancient Campfires is the first book in twenty
years to gather together a comprehensive prehistoric archaeological
record of the Alberta Plains First Nations. In this monumental
examination of the region's earliest inhabitants, author Trevor
Peck reviews the many changes of interpretation that have occurred in
relevant literature published during the last two decades.
Beginning with the earliest archaeological evidence for people in
Alberta, Light from Ancient Campfires chronologically covers
each sequence, moving forward in time toward the present. Throughout
his research, Peck asks the following questions: What defines the
cultural entity? How has our notion of it changed with increased
information? What is the current state of thought concerning this
issue? Light from Ancient Campfires provides a new definition for each
archaeological phase, setting previous literature in a new light.
Trevor R. Peck is the plains archaeologist at the Archaeological Survey with the Alberta government. He received his MA from the University of Alberta and his PhD from the University of Calgary. The author of numerous articles and monographs, Dr. Peck's research interests include the prehistory of the northern plains, public archaeology, and archaeological theory.
Introduction 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 Period Transition 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 Period Transition Protohistoric Period, ca. 250 to 200 bp 8. Commentary References Index