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Historic and Modern Amerindian Ceramic production in French Guiana : The Case of Eva 2

Author(s): Martijn Van Den Bel

Year: 2014

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The excavations at Eva 2 near Malmanoury yielded an important early and late historic ceramic assemblage. Their study reflect the transformation of Amerindian society from the pre-Columbian Late Ceramic Age to modern times which is supported by historical documents and Amerindian oral tradition for the western coastal region of French Guiana. We recognize a high level of cultural continuity until the end of the 19th century ; however, on the one hand, material culture and notably ceramics reveal a stylistical adaptation (vessel shape and decoration) to early modern society, reflecting the re-birth of two important Amerindian groups (Kali’na and Palikur) what is recorded in oral tradition. On the other hand, other aspects of Amerindian life, such as burial modes, introduction of European goods, reveal little change, suggesting conservation of their culture by the incorporation of specific goods or values that serve their proper world vision.


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Historic and Modern Amerindian Ceramic production in French Guiana : The Case of Eva 2. Martijn Van Den Bel. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437131)


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PaperId(s): SYM-59,06

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