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ALGONQUIAN ORIGINS: A PROBLEM IN ARCHEOLOGICAL—LINGUISTIC CORRELATION
Stuart J. Fiedel
Archaeology of Eastern North America
Vol. 15 (Fall 1987), pp. 1-11
Published by: Eastern States Archeological Federation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40914351
Page Count: 11
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The now-prevalent assumption of cultural continuity in the Northeast, from Paleo-Indian times until European contact, is incompatible with linguistic reconstructions of Algonquian prehistory, which suggest relatively recent (post-1000 B.C.) dispersal from a northern homeland. The reconstructed vocabulary of Proto-Algonquian suggests that the ancestral population was familiar with items such as smoking pipes, bows and arrows, earthworks, and ceramic pots, which first appear in the archeological record in the Early or Middle Woodland periods. The spread of Point Peninsula and related ceramic wares ca. 200 B.C.-A. D. 700 is a plausible archeological manifestation of Proto-Algonquian expansion.
Archaeology of Eastern North America © 1987 Eastern States Archeological Federation