Current Multidisciplinary Research Approaches in Historical Archaeology

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  • Archaeology of Mercantilism: An Analysis of Vessels and Passengers in Puerto Rico, 1510-1545 (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Julissa A. Collazo López.

    This paper presents the preliminary findings of a research project that uses the registries of vessels(Relación de Navíos) from the Royal Treasury of Puerto Rico to study the quantity of people that arrived to the island during the first half of the 16th century, at the height of the Spanish colonization. The main objective of this research is to quantify the passengers and vessels that arrived at the two main ports in Puerto Rico: San Juan and San Germán. The incorporation of this documentary...

  • Puerto Rico’s Cook Books: Recipes of a History (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Lyrsa M Torres-Vélez.

    Puerto Rico’s history is a blend of the different ethnicities that settled in the island after the Spanish Conquest. This ethnogenesis can be studied through the culinary traditions that conform what we now refer to as criollo. Using the works of Mary C. Beaudry and Elizabeth M. Scott as a sounding board, this research consists of two parts. First, an analysis of cooking books available in Puerto Rico during the 19th century in order to establish the different methods and tools available at the...

  • Reassessing the 1898 U.S. assault on Asomante through battlefield archeology (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Paola Ortiz. Castros. Francheska Martinez. Edith Morales.

    Military confrontations during the first half of August of 1898, between Coamo and Aibonito, Puerto Rico, were the last known developments of the Spanish-American War. Historically, this area has been listed as the last battlefield of Spain in America. There are several factors about these military events, such as scarcity of historical resources, political conflicts of interest, and the unseemly lack of archeological research, that have kept them from being defined in the academic literature....

  • A Reflection Of Society: 19th Century Mark-Making, Engravings And Inscriptions In The Caves Of Isla De La Mona. (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Delise Torres Ortiz.

    This paper presents archaeological evidence on Isla de la Mona relating to periods of intense activity during the 19th century. Material remains inside many caves include evidence of guano extraction and mining-related. However, this is not the only evidence that can be obtained about the history of the 19th century in Mona; engravings, inscriptions and intentional marks abound in the caves. Various historic documents indicate that the island was visited by different individuals and communities,...

  • The use of photography to contextualize archaeological finds from the Holocaust (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Nicole M. Dávila-Meléndez.

    Studying the Holocaust from an archaeological perspective is a relatively new line of investigation, yet it is very important as many of these camps were hidden by the Nazis to conceal incriminating evidence. There may be knowledge of them, perhaps a few documents or survivors, but what happens when they die? What evidence will we have left concerning their resources, activities, or life conditions? The work done by archaeologists that study the material culture can help put the pieces together...