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Central America before the Spanish Conquest has often been considered by North American archaeologists as a "backwater" of peripheral importance located between the advanced ancient civilizations of South America and Mesoamerica (Mexican-Maya country). Recent archaeological research has revealed that this area played a much more significant role in New World cultural history than was previously thought. Healy's study examines the archaeological record of one subarea of Southern Central America, the Rivas region of Pacific Nicaragua. The work gives a detailed analysis of excavations and of artifacts recovered at seven significant prehistoric sites. A critical pioneering effort, the monograph documents cultural changes occurring over a 2,000-year time period—changes in technology, material culture, settlement, subsistence, and socio-political organization. Paul F. Healy, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, has conducted research on the archaeology of Belize, Mexico, Honduras,and Nicaragua.He holds theM.A. and Ph.D. degreesfrom Harvard. His articles and reviews have appeared in suchjournals as Archaeology, American Anthropologist, and American Antiquity. Paul F.Healy This page intentionally left blank Archaeology of the Rivas Region, NICARAGUA This page intentionally left blank Archaeology of the Rivas Region, NICARAGUA Paul F. Healy Department of Anthropology Trent University with a Foreword by Gordon R. Willey, and a Chapter on Rivas Fauna by Mary Pohl and Paul F. Healy Wilfrid Laurier University Press Canadian Cataloguing in PublicationData Healy, Paul F. (Paul Francis), 1948Archaeology of the Rivas region, Nicaragua Bibliography: p. Includes index. ISBN 0-88920-094-7 (bound) 1. Nicaragua — Antiquities. 2. Excavations (Archaeology) — Nicaragua —Rivas (Department). 3. Pottery —Nicaragua— Rivas (Department). I. Pohl, Mary. II. Title. F1525.1.R58H42 972.85'01 C81-094092-2 Copyright WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY PRESS Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5 80 81 82 83 4 3 2 1 No part of this book may be stored in a retrieval system, translated or reproduced in any form, by print, photoprint, microfilm, microfiche, or any other means, without written permissionfrom the publisher. Designer: George W. Roth, AOCA MGDC 1980 Dedicated to Doreen Anderson Healy This page intentionally left blank ...


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