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Volume 57 / Social Sciences


Caribbean Area

WILLIAM F. KEEGAN, Associate Curator of Anthropology and Department Chair, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville


IN THE LAST REVIEW I noted the lengths to which archaeologists in Lower Central America had gone to distinguish their region as more than the periphery of the Maya and Inca worlds. Recent reviews and edited volumes suggest that this is indeed the trend. Instead of being treated as the handmaidens to their better-known neighbors to the north and south, their work appears in volumes on equal footing (items bi 97009019 and bi 97009014). Moreover, Drennan's review of the Intermediate Area expands the purview from Lower Central America to include Northwestern South America as part of the same cultural region (item bi 97009015). Research in this region reflects a growing interest in two themes that incorporate all of the Americas: the evolution of social complexity, and the study of evidence for the earliest arrival of humans and the origins of pottery making.


A new generation of archaeologists continues to spread across the islands, producing a wealth of materials. Two of the main themes of research, Lithic and Archaic Ages (1994) and the European Contact Period (1996), were the subjects of recent review articles (items bi 97009009 and bi 97008985). Although a regional review of Ceramic age cultural development has not been attempted, reports of long-term research (items bi 97008995 and bi 97008983) and summaries for specific islands are welcome additions to the literature (items bi 97008942, bi 97009006, and bi 96012019). In addition, the proceedings of the XV International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology were published on schedule (item bi 96012017).


Clement, Christopher. Landscapes and plantations of Tobago: a regional perspective. University of Florida, 1990.
Fung, Christopher David. Domestic labor, gender, and social power: household archaeology in terminal classical Yoro, Honduras. Harvard University, 1995.
Hofman, Corinne L. In search of the native population of precolumbian Saba (400-1450 AD) - Part one: pottery styles and their interpretations. Leiden University, 1993.
Hoogland, Menno L. P. In search of the native population of precolumbian Saba (400-1450 AD) - Part two: settlements in their natural and social environment. Leiden University, 1995.
Howson, Jean. Colonial goods in the plantation village: consumption and the internal economy in Montserrat from slavery to freedom. New York University, 1995.
Leshikar, Margaret E. The 1794 wreck of the Ten Sail, Cayman Islands, British West Indies: a historical study and archaeological survey. Texas A&M, 1993.
Rostain, Stéphen. L’occupation Amérindienne ancienne du littoral de Guayane. University of Paris I - Pantheon/Sorbonne, 1994.
Santone, Lenore M.. Demand structure, transport cost, and patterns of intraregional exchange: aspects of the prehistoric lithic economy of Northern Belize. University of Texas-Austin, 1994.
Simmons, Scott E. The households of Ceren: form and function in middle classic period. El Salvador, 1996.
Smith, C. Wayne. Analysis of the weight assemblage of Port Royal, Jamaica. Texas A&M, 1995.
Walker, Jeffrey B. Stone collars, elbow stones and three pointers, and the nature of Taino ritual and myth. Washington State University, 1993.

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