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The Archaeology of the Caribbean

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521626224

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About the Authors
  • The Archaeology of the Caribbean is a comprehensive synthesis of Caribbean prehistory from the earliest settlement by humans more than 4000 years BC, to the time of European conquest of the islands, from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Samuel Wilson reviews the evidence for migration and cultural change throughout the archipelago, dealing in particular with periods of cultural interaction when groups with different cultures and histories were in contact.

    • First synthesis written by one of a new generation of Caribbean scholars
    • Amply illustrated, with detailed descriptions of sites and projects of special significance to Caribbean archaeology
    • Avoids jargon and technical language giving a basic introduction to the main themes and developments affecting Caribbean people in the past
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Wilson does a masterful job of bringing [new studies and perspectives] together to revise prevailing notions of cultural development...This book is a significant contribution for those interested in island archaeology, archaeologists who work throughout the Americas, and Caribbeanists in particular."
    Journal of Anthropological Research, William F. Keegan, Florida Museum of Natural History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521626224
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The first human colonization of the Caribbean
    3. The Saladoid phenomenon
    4. The Taino
    5. The Caribbean on the eve of European contact
    6. The Caribbean after the arrival of Europeans
    7. Conclusions.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Archaeology of Vice
    • Caribbean Archaeology
    • CaribbeanStudies
    • First Year Seminar in Anthropology
    • History of the Caribbean to Emancipation
    • Topics in Archaeology
  • Author

    Samuel M. Wilson, University of Texas, Austin
    Samuel M. Wilson is professor and chairman of the department of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of several books, most recently The Prehistory of Nevis, and editor of The Indigenous People of the Caribbean.

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