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Modeling Water Routes Through a Divide: Retracing Movement from the Greater Antilles to the Lesser Antilles in the Late Ceramic Age.

Author(s): Emma Slayton ; Jan Athenstädt ; Jan Hildenbrand

Year: 2017

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Summary

This paper focuses on modeling hypothetical sea routes between islands within the Caribbean Sea to try and redraw the map of social mobility and material exchange that existed during the Late Ceramic Age (A.D. 1250–1400). With the emphasis for modeling canoe pathways more focused on uncovering possible colonization routes, this map has yet to be thoroughly explored. However, analyzing the back and forth of travel between two sites known to be occupied during the same period can open up ideas on who was in contact due to the ease of connection between them. There are still many questions surrounding the specifics of difficulty and general progression of movement between the Caribbean Islands, in particular the connection between communities living in the Greater and Lesser Antilles during this period. Computer models of routes can provide more insight. The approach to modeling these pathways utilized a least-cost isochrone method to highlight time as a route cost. Additionally, as the models are based on environmental data—specifically current and wind—it is possible to evaluate seasonal trends.


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Modeling Water Routes Through a Divide: Retracing Movement from the Greater Antilles to the Lesser Antilles in the Late Ceramic Age.. Emma Slayton, Jan Athenstädt, Jan Hildenbrand. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430999)


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Geographic Keywords
Caribbean


Spatial Coverage

min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14930

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America