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Pre-Columbian Vertebrate Remains from the Coconut Walk Site, Nevis, West Indies

Author(s): Scott Fitzpatrick ; Meagan Clark ; Christina Giovas ; Frances White

Year: 2015

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Summary

Archaeological investigation of the Pre-Columbian site of Coconut Walk on the island of Nevis (northern Lesser Antilles) revealed midden deposits dating between ca. AD 850-1440. While the site had been previously excavated by the British Time Team television show in 1998, only cursory examination of faunal remains was conducted (NISP=451). We report on the complete analysis of more than 18,000 recovered vertebrate remains from a 5×5m trench in the core midden area, providing enhanced understanding of the relative importance of various taxa and methodological issues associated with recovery techniques at site.

Analysis indicates that the assemblage consists largely of herbivorous reef parrotfish species along with several species of pelagic fish, birds, lizards, and rodents such as the indigenous rice rat (Oryzomyini) and the introduced agouti (Dasyprocta sp .). When coupled with the invertebrate assemblage, the vertebrates constitute a complementary and extensive dataset to help examine human diet and site use on Nevis that provides a framework for understanding a host of issues related to Caribbean island adaptations during the Late Ceramic Age .

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Pre-Columbian Vertebrate Remains from the Coconut Walk Site, Nevis, West Indies. Meagan Clark, Scott Fitzpatrick, Frances White, Christina Giovas. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397609)


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Caribbean


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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