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Indian Fires in the Prehistory of New England

Author(s): William A. III Patterson ; Kenneth E. Sassaman

Editor(s): George P. Nicholas

Year: 1988

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Ecologists and archaeologists have long recognized that fires had an important effect on the vegetation of North America prior to the Colonial period. Evidence from areas as widely separated as Alaska (Shackleton 1979), Minnesota (Craig 1972), and Maine (Anderson 1979) shows that fires burned since before the time when humans first emigrated to the continent at the end of the last ice age. It seems likely that the early inhabitants of North America were accustomed to living in environments that were periodically affected by fire.

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Indian Fires in the Prehistory of New England. William A. III Patterson, Kenneth E. Sassaman, George P. Nicholas. In Holocene Human Ecology in Northeastern North America. New York: Plenum Publishing Corporation. 1988 ( tDAR id: 391804) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8XD13VW


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min long: -74.103; min lat: 41.443 ; max long: -65.951; max lat: 47.22 ;

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