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Coastal resource exploitation during the late ceramic age on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Author(s): Joost Morsink ; Jay Haviser ; Ruud Stelten ; Dr. Corinne L. Hofman

Year: 2016

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Leiden University recently initiated a long-term field project on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, which focuses on the human exploitation of resources in dynamic coastal environments. The location of the Den Bon site - behind a large inland bay bordered by mangroves and on the edge of a tidal flat – suggests an explicit interest in resources that derive from such environments. Previous research has indicated that island-specific resources were fundamental in the creation of larger regional networks in the Lesser Antilles and wetland resources likely played an equivalent role in producing such networks through exchange. The practices involved in the exploitation, manufacture and exchange of local resources are entwined, producing a web of relations between materials and people. As such, unraveling the complexities of resource exploitation at Den Bon requires a multi-disciplinary approach in which resources, the site context, and its larger regional embedding are analyzed in tandem. This research provides a unique opportunity to explore indigenous realities and ontologies of daily life by focusing on the exploitation of local wetland resources and their regional significance.

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Coastal resource exploitation during the late ceramic age on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Joost Morsink, Jay Haviser, Ruud Stelten, Dr. Corinne L. Hofman. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403382)


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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