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Rock Art of the Caribbean
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This compilation, by an international grouping of scholars, focuses on the nature of Caribbean rock art or rock graphics and makes clear the region's substantial and distinctive rock art tradition. Thorough and comparative, it includes data on the history of rock graphic research, the nature of the assemblages (image numbers, types, locations), and the legal, conservation, and research status of the image sites. Chapters on these topics cover research on the islands of Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Aruba, and Bonaire. The prehispanic rock art and other ceremonial structures and artifacts, along with enthnohistorical accounts of the region at Contact, projected backward in time, all point to an active ritual and ceremonial life involving commoners, religious specialists, and elites in differing and interconnected roles and for diverse purposes. The selective use of common rock graphic design and physical elements can be seen in the distribution and execution of the carved and painted images. Pecked, ground, abraded, and scratched petroglyphs, along with pictographs done frequently in red, black, white and orange hues are found on a range of rock surfaces including limestones, granites, diorites, and andesites. Caves/rock shelters and rock formations associated with water sources (water ways, pools, ocean) account for the two most common locations, followed by ball court sites, inland rock outcroppings and beach rock.
 
In addition to specific area presentations, the work includes a review of recent advances in Caribbean rock graphic studies including dating and interpretative models; the application of a new documentation method and resulting computer manipulation advantages; a conservation project in Jamaica that has implications for the preservation and interpretation of the site; and a proposed dating sequence for the Lesser Antillean
Windward Islands.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-15
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Rock Art within the Bahamian Archipelago
  2. pp. 13-21
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  1. 3. History, Survey, Conservation, and Interpretation of Cuban Rock Art
  2. pp. 22-40
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  1. 4. Sacred Landscapes: Imagery, Iconography,and Ideology in Jamaican Rock Art
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. 5. Caring for the Spirit Helpers: Recording, Graffiti Removal, Interpretation, and Management of the Warminster/Genus Rockshelter, Jamaica
  2. pp. 58-77
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  1. 6. The Rock Images of Haiti: A Living Heritage
  2. pp. 78-89
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  1. 7. Rock Art Studies in the Dominican Republic
  2. pp. 90-101
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  1. 8. Rock Art of the Dominican Republic and Caribbean
  2. pp. 102-114
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  1. 9. Rock Art of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
  2. pp. 115-136
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  1. 10. The Rock Art of Guadeloupe, French West Indies
  2. pp. 137-146
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  1. 11. Contextual Analysis of the Lesser Antillean Windward Islands Petroglyphs: Methods and Results
  2. pp. 147-160
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  1. 12. Prehistoric Rock Paintings of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. 13. Rock Art of Aruba
  2. pp. 175-187
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  1. 14. A New Method for Recording Petroglyphs: The Research Potential of Digitized Images
  2. pp. 188-197
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  1. 15. The Mute Stones Speak: The Past, Present, and Future of Caribbean Rock Art Research
  2. pp. 198-240
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 241-270
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-285
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