From Borinquen to Barbados: A Caribbean Cave Art Ritual Complex

Author(s): Reinaldo Morales

Year: 2015


Caribbean archaeology has provided us with evidence of a cultural mosaic that united diverse ecologies, ideologies and identities in sophisticated networks of art and ritual. Caves and cave art were fundamental to these networks. This paper outlines a complex of cave-related ritual activity across the Antilles, supported by art-historical, archaeological and ethnohistoric evidence. This proposed "Cave Art Ritual Complex" may turn out to have far-reaching implications for issues of cultural identity and political interaction in the pre-Columbian Americas.

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From Borinquen to Barbados: A Caribbean Cave Art Ritual Complex. Reinaldo Morales. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395797)


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min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;