Something Old, Something New- Reconsidering 'Mddlesex' in the Maine-Maritimes Region
Publication Type:Conference Paper
The nature of the grave inclusions and other aspects of ritual association for Middlesex burials in Maine and the Maritime Provinces are examined. Comparison with previous Susquehanna Tradition burials in the region indicates that, in many ways, Middlesex burial ritual does not represent a major shift in mortuary ceremonialism for the region. These comparisons are examined in the perspective of the conservative nature of culture. The similarities which exist between Middlesex and previous burial ritual make it easier to understand why this may have been acceptable to indigenous Maine-Maritimes people. Further, the appropriateness of the term -Middlesex- for the region is considered in light of its original definition.