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Exchange and Interaction in the Caribbean: The View from Two Collections of the Smithsonian

Author(s): L. Curet

Year: 2015

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Summary

Recent research in the Caribbean has produced strong evidence of long distance interaction throughout the Circum-Caribbean region, including possible direct exchange between Central America and the Greater Antilles across the Caribbean Sea. A recent casual survey of the Caribbean collections in the Smtihsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of Natural History has identified two objects that may add information on this topic. The first one is a three-pointer found near the Lake Valencia region of Venezuela and the second a "condor" amulet from the early Ceramic Age found in Trinidad. This paper discusses the artifacts, the collection information, background on the collectors, and how these objects fit within the models suggested for long-distance interactions in the Caribbean.

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Exchange and Interaction in the Caribbean: The View from Two Collections of the Smithsonian. L. Curet. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397348)


Keywords

General
Caribbean Exchange Trade

Geographic Keywords
Caribbean


Spatial Coverage

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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America