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A Reflection Of Society: 19th Century Mark-Making, Engravings And Inscriptions In The Caves Of Isla De La Mona.

Author(s): Delise Torres Ortiz

Year: 2016

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This paper presents archaeological evidence on Isla de la Mona relating to periods of intense activity during the 19th century. Material remains inside many caves include evidence of guano extraction and mining-related. However, this is not the only evidence that can be obtained about the history of the 19th century in Mona; engravings, inscriptions and intentional marks abound in the caves. Various historic documents indicate that the island was visited by different individuals and communities, such as: fishermen, pirates, smugglers, geologists, engineers and tourists. The present research analyses the historic graffiti or mark-making from an archaeological and paleographic perspective to address the use of the cave spaces, identities, motives, and experiences of the people working or visiting the caves. The conservation challenges facing this vulnerable cultural heritage will be addressed. This study is part of a Masters thesis at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. 


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A Reflection Of Society: 19th Century Mark-Making, Engravings And Inscriptions In The Caves Of Isla De La Mona.. Delise Torres Ortiz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434368)


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XIX century


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PaperId(s): 334

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