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Caribbean landscapes during the late-precolonial and early-colonial periods

Author(s): Neil Duncan ; Peter Siegel ; John Jones ; Nicholas Dunning ; Deborah Pearsall

Year: 2016

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People in the Caribbean have been interacting with their landscapes for at least 8,000 years (Trinidad), sometimes in ways that leave only subtle traces of actions and in others the evidence is dramatic. Over this span we see variable trajectories of landscape engagements, ranging from early relatively intense activities followed by abandonment to continuous occupations throughout prehistory to places occupied late in the historical sequence. First colonizers to the Caribbean modified and eventually managed landscapes to create places recognizable to them as home. Later groups of people built on and further modified these constructed places so that by today the landscapes contain a cumulative record of anthropogenic history. In this paper, we address paleoecological evidence for the late precolonial and early European colonial occupations on and impacts to selected landscapes in the eastern Caribbean

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Caribbean landscapes during the late-precolonial and early-colonial periods. Neil Duncan, Peter Siegel, John Jones, Nicholas Dunning, Deborah Pearsall. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403383)


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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