Area of Expertise:
Archaeology, cultural and historic preservation, prehistoric Chesapeake Bay, historic archaeology
Richard Dent is the author of Chesapeake Prehistory: Old Traditions, New Directions and a significant number of other publications about the archaeology of the Chesapeake and Middle Atlantic regions. His interests include prehistoric and historic archaeology. His active program of field investigations in the Potomac Valley focuses on the origins of settled village life and the incorporation of horticulture into subsistence bases after AD 1200. He maintains a strong interest in Paleoindian and Southwestern archaeology. Much of his research in historical archaeology has taken place in Annapolis and more recently in Philadelphia. The latter research focused on the excavations of numerous eighteenth- through early nineteenth-century house sites along Arch Street in old Philadelphia. An important element of his overall research program is a passionate commitment to cultural resources management, as both preservation and as dissemination of archaeological knowledge to the general public.
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