The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology

Hardcover | March 21, 2013

EditorWilliam F. Keegan, Corinne L. Hofman, Reniel Rodriguez Ramos

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The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology provides an overview of archaeological investigations in the insular Caribbean, understood here as the islands whose shores surround the Caribbean Sea and the islands of the Bahama Archipelago. Though these islands were never isolated from thesurrounding mainland, their histories are sufficiently diverse to warrant their identification as distinct areas of culture. Over the past 20 years, Caribbean archaeology has been transformed from a focus on reconstructing culture histories to one on the mobility and exchange expressed in culturaland social dynamics. This Handbook brings together, for the first time, examples of the best research conducted by scholars from across the globe to address the complexity of the Caribbean past.The Handbook is divided into five sections. Part I, Islands of History and the Precolonial History of the Caribbean Islands, provides an introduction to Caribbean Archaeology and its history. The papers in the following Ethnohistory section address the diversity of cultural practices expressed inthe insular Caribbean and develop historical descriptions in concert with archaeological evidence in order to place language, social organization, and the native Tainos and Island Caribs in perspective. The following section, Culture History, provides the latest research on specific geographicallocations and cross-cultural engagements, from Jamaica and the Bahama archigelago to the Saladoid and the Isthmo-Antillean Engagements. Creating History, the fourth section, includes papers on specific issues related to the field, such as Zooarchaeology, Rock Art, and DNA analysis, among others. Thefinal section, World History, centers on the consequences of European colonization.

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The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology provides an overview of archaeological investigations in the insular Caribbean, understood here as the islands whose shores surround the Caribbean Sea and the islands of the Bahama Archipelago. Though these islands were never isolated from thesurrounding mainland, their histories are suffici...

William F. Keegan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida and Curator of Caribbean Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Corinne L. Hofman is Professor of Caribbean Archaeology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Reniel Rodriguez Ramos is Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Utuado...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:March 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsList of FiguresList of TablesIslands of History and the Precolonial History of the Caribbean Islands1. William F. Keegan, Corinne L. Hofman, and Reniel Rodr!guez Ramos: Introduction to the Archaeology of the Insular Caribbean2. Peter E. Siegel: Caribbean Archaeology in Historical Perspective3. Jago Cooper: The Climatic Context for pre-Columbian Archaeology in the CaribbeanEthnohistory4. Julian Granberry: Indigenous Languages of the Caribbean5. William F. Keegan: The Tajnos6. Bradley Ensor: Kinship and Social Organization in the Prehistoric Caribbean7. Louis Allaire: Ethnohistory of the CaribsCulture History8. Michael Heckenberger: The Arawak Diaspora: Perspectives from South America9. Reniel Rodr!guez Ramos, Jaime Pag n Jim.nez, and Corinne Hofman: The Humanization of the Insular Caribbean10. Arie Boomert: Gateway to the Mainland: Trinidad and Tobago11. Reniel Rodr!guez Ramos: Isthmo-Antillean Engagements12. Luis A. Chanlatte Baik: Huecoid Culture and the Antillean Agroalfarero (Farmer-Potter) Period13. Benoit Berard: Saladoid14. Scott M. Fitzpatrick: The Southward Route Hypothesis15. Corinne L. Hofman: The Post-Saladoid in the Lesser Antilles (AD 600/800-1492)16. Peter Sinelli: Meillacoid and the Origins of Classic Taino Society17. Jorge Ulloa Hung and Roberto Valc rcel Rojas: Archaeological Practice, Archaic Presence and Interaction in Indigenous Societies in Cuba18. Kit Wesler: Jamaica19. Mary Jane Berman, Perry Gnivecki and Michael Pateman: The Bahama archipelagoCreating History20. Richard T. Callaghan: Archaeological Views of Caribbean Seafaring21. Christopher F. Altes: An Archaeology of Spatiality in the Caribbean22. Joost Morsink: Exchange as a Social Contract: A Perspective from the Microscale23. Angus A. A. Mol: Studying Pre-Columbian Interaction Networks: Mobility and Exchange24. Joshua M. Torres: Rethinking Chiefdoms in the Caribbean25. Alice Samson: Household Archaeology26. Susan deFrance: Zooarchaeology in the Caribbean: Current Research and Future Prospects27. Jaime R. Pagn Jiminez: Human-Plant Dynamics in the Precolonial Antilles: A Synthetic Update28. William J. Pestle: Stable Isotope Analysis of Paleodiet in the Caribbean29. Jason Laffoon: Stable Isotope Research in Caribbean Contexts: New Perspectives on Old Questions30. Edwin F. Crespo Torres, Hayley L. Mickleburgh and Roberto Varc rcel Rojas: The Study of Pre-Columbian Human Remains in the Caribbean Archipelago: From Descriptive Osteology to a Bioarchaeological Approach31. Menno L.P. Hoogland and Corinne L. Hofman: From Corpse Taphonomy to Mortuary Behavior in the Caribbean: A Case Study from the Lesser Antilles32. Juan Mart!nez Cruzado: The DNA Evidence for the Human Colonization and Spread Across the Americas: Implications for the Peopling of the Caribbean33. Michele H. Hayward, Lesley-Gail Atkinson, and Michael A. Cinquino, with contributions by Gerard Richard: Rock Art of the Caribbean34. Roberto Valc rcel Rojas and Marcos Martinon Torres: Metals in the Indigenous Societies of the Insular CaribbeanWorld History35. Douglas V. Armstrong: New Directions in Caribbean Historical Archaeology36. E. Kofi Agorsah: Transcending Oppression: Contributions of Maroon Heritage to Freedom in World History37. Carmen A. Laguer D!az: The Construction of an Identity and the Politics of Remembering38. Samuel M. Wilson: Caribbean Archaeology in the Next 50 years