Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology by Basil A. Reid, R. Grant Gilmore III

By Basil A. Reid, R. Grant Gilmore III

“A assorted and thorough encyclopedia of phrases, areas, humans, and matters suitable to Caribbean archaeology, prior and present.”—Todd J. Braje, writer of Modern Oceans, historical Sites

 

“Spanning the Bahamas within the north to Trinidad and Tobago within the south, this booklet permits readers a vantage element of comparative research wherein to reach at their person interpretations of debatable matters. An remarkable feat in Caribbean historiography.”—Keith Tinker, writer of The Migration of Peoples from the Caribbean to the Bahamas

 

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology deals a complete review of the to be had archaeological study carried out within the region.


Beginning with the earliest local migrations and relocating via modern problems with historical past administration, the members take on the standard questions of colonization, model, and evolution whereas embracing more recent study innovations, corresponding to geoinformatics, archaeometry, paleodemography, DNA research, and seafaring simulations. Entries are cross-referenced so readers can successfully entry facts on various comparable topics.


The creation incorporates a survey of a few of the archaeological classes within the Caribbean, in addition to a dialogue of the region’s geography, weather, topography, and oceanography. It additionally bargains an easy-to-read evaluate of the historic archaeology, offering a greater figuring out of the cultural contexts of the Caribbean that resulted from the convergence of eu, local American, African, after which Asian settlers.

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Massive fortresses such as Brimstone Hill on St. Kitts, El Morro in Puerto Rico, the Citadel in Haiti, and Fort Shirley in Dominica (Beier 2011), and Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua literally dominate the landscape and remained a strong presence even after they were abandoned. In the years before colonial powers transferred control to local rule, there was a keen interest among sectors of the population in heralding the might of European imperial power. Hence, historians and archaeologists began a process of documenting and preserving these sites (see Mathewson 1971).

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Ethnohistoric documents suggest that in the mid-fifteenth century, Carib from South America moved into the southern Caribbean, filling the vacuum left by communities of the Suazan Troumassoid subseries (Reid 2009). The Kalinago are thought to have colonized the Windward Islands of Dominica, Martinique, St. Vincent, Grenada, and Guadeloupe as well as Tobago and northern Trinidad. Douglas Taylor and Berend J. Hoff (1980) theorize that the Island-Carib warriors who conquered the Igneri (an ethnic group that preceded the Island-Carib in the Windward Islands) retained their mainland pidgin as a symbol of their origin, but they probably maintained their language to facilitate trade with their neighbors on the mainland.

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