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Native American cultures of Puerto Rico prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1493.


A book on the prehistory of a modern geopolitical entity is artificial. It is unlikely that prehistoric occupants recognized the same boundaries and responded to the same political forces that operated in the formation of current nations, states, or cities. Yet, archaeologists traditionally have produced such volumes and they generally represent anchors for ongoing research in a specific region, in this case the island of Puerto Rico, its immediate neighbors, and the wider Caribbean basin.  

To varying degrees, this work addresses issues and draws data from beyond the boundaries of Puerto Rico because in prehistoric times the water between islands likely was not viewed as a boundary in our modern sense of the term. The last few decades have witnessed a growth of intense archaeological research on the island, from material culture in the form of lithics, ceramics, and rock art; to nutritional, architecture, and environmental studies; to rituals and social patterns; to the aftermath of Conquest.  

Ancient Borinquen provides a comprehensive overview of recent thinking, new data, syntheses, and insights into current Puerto Rican archaeology, and it reflects and illuminates similar concerns elsewhere in the West Indies, lowland South America, and Central America.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. 1. The Crab-Shell Dichotomy Revisited: The Lithics Speak Out
  2. pp. 1-54
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  1. 2. The Paso del Indio Site, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico: A Progress Report
  2. pp. 55-87
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  1. 3. Environmental and Cultural Correlates in the West Indies: A View from Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 88-121
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  1. 4. The Status of Paleoethnobiological Research on Puerto Rico and Adjacent Islands
  2. pp. 122-184
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  1. 5. Ceramic-Age Dietary Patterns in Puerto Rico: Stable Isotopes and Island Biogeography
  2. pp. 185-201
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  1. 6. Deconstructing the Polity: Communities and Social Landscapes of the Ceramic-Age Peoples of South Central Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 202-229
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  1. 7. The Proto-Taíno Monumental Cemís of Caguana: A Political-Religious “Manifesto”
  2. pp. 230-284
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  1. 8 Rivers of Stone, Rivers within Stone: Rock Art in Ancient Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 285-336
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  1. 9. The Aftermath of Conquest: The Indians of Puerto Rico during the Early Sixteenth Century
  2. pp. 337-352
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  1. 10. Multiple Visions of an Island’s Past and Some Thoughts for Future Directions in Puerto Rican Prehistory
  2. pp. 353-364
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 365-414
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 415-418
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 419-423
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817381509
Related ISBN
9780817352387
MARC Record
OCLC
298788715
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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