Stones of Contention

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World Encounter Institute/New English Review Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.87 pounds

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About the Author
Dr. Timothy H. Ives became interested in New England archaeology in the early 1990s while working as a farm laborer in the Connecticut Valley, where ancient Native American artifacts are routinely turned up by the plow. Following his undergraduate studies, he completed the College of William and Mary's historical archaeology master's degree program in 2001, and earned a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2010. He carries years of experience as a contract archaeologist, worked as a consultant for a museum, and has served as an adjunct professor. He has published research on a wide range of topics in New England archaeology and ethnohistory. A self-described "recently defrocked leftist" and emerging "radical centrist," Dr. Ives stands apart from his field for his willingness to voice critical perspectives of the Ceremonial Stone Landscape Movement, the central claim of which is that many, if not most, of the stone heaps, walls, and other structures scattered about the region's secondary forests are not vestiges of abandoned historic farmsteads but ancient Native American ceremonial constructions that require extraordinary protection from the ravages of settler colonial development. Dr. Ives currently works as principal archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, though this book does not represent the views of his office.

The transformation of certain strains of American Indian activism into a shakedown culture complete with lawyers, fake science, and internal schisms makes Timothy Ives' book both a microcosm and a warning about the direction of our country. Read this carefully and ponder deeply its augury about a future that will make the providential plantations of early Rhode Island appear a preferable world to live in by comparison.

-Bruce Gilley Author of The Last Imperialist: Sir Alan Burns' Epic Defense of the British Empire

Science, tradition, intuition, and faith are four distinct ways of knowing. Applying them separately to New England stones gives rise to Stones of Contention. Tim Ives bravely sorts these approaches to reach a fair interpretation of Ceremonial Stone Landscapes that aids indigenous, antiquarian, and scholarly interests. This should be a "must-read" for all northeastern archaeologists.

-Robert M. Thorson, author of Stone by Stone, The Boatman, and Walden's Shore.

Timothy H. Ives, in Stones of Contention, does an excellent job explaining the northeastern stone piles, reviewing the history of them using original texts and archaeological evidence, and documenting when and how these stone piles went from being understood as farming relics to Native American sacred artifacts. Ives provides readers with the reasons for the change of perspective surrounding these stone piles and the pseudoscience that goes into determining that the stone piles are related to Native American rituals.

-Elizabeth Weiss, Professor of Anthropology, San Jose State University and the co-author (with James W. Springer) of Repatriation and Erasing the Past.