Keepers of the Cave: The Impact Caretakers Have on the Archaeological Record.

Author(s): Patrick Wilkinson

Year: 2016


Caretakers, whether self-appointed or formally selected, have an immense impact on the distribution of material remains at sacred sites in modern day Haiti. This paper examines the ritual use of four caves in Haiti and the effects that four different caretakers have had on the ritual remains left behind after Vodou ceremonies have taken place. These cave/caretaker combinations include publicly accessed caves that are cared for by a cadre of self-appointed homeless men, a cave in private hands managed as a ceremonial/tourist destination, a community managed cave system being transformed into a tourist/festival destination, and a cave managed as part of a national park with a state-appointed caretaker. The patterns of artifact migration in these modern instances can be of use in interpreting the archaeological record of select ceremonial locations with similar use patterns and access.

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Keepers of the Cave: The Impact Caretakers Have on the Archaeological Record.. Patrick Wilkinson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404806)

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Cave Haiti Vodou

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