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Zoomorphs in Caribbean Rock Art

Author(s): Michele Hayward ; Frank Schieppati ; Michael Cinquino

Year: 2016

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While Caribbean rock art is characterized by its high percentage of human-like facial and body images, realistically-depicted and stylized zoomorphic motifs are also present. Fish, turtles, birds and marine mammals are among the animals found amidst anthropomorphic, geometric and abstract designs. We identify a number of zoomorphic forms and describe their distributional patterns from our current set of rock art sites particularly Puerto Rico. We also discuss the roles or functions these particular animal representations may have had in prehispanic native societies.

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Zoomorphs in Caribbean Rock Art. Michele Hayward, Frank Schieppati, Michael Cinquino. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403472)


Rock Art Zoomorphs

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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