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Cuban Archaeology in the Caribbean$
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Ivan Roksandic

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400028

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400028.001.0001

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Recent Advances in the Archaeology of the Greater Antilles

Recent Advances in the Archaeology of the Greater Antilles

Some Final Remarks

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(p.228) 13 Recent Advances in the Archaeology of the Greater Antilles
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Cuban Archaeology in the Caribbean
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Reniel Rodríguez Ramos

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400028.003.0014

This chapter synthesizes the different lines of information on pan-regional interactions in the Caribbean discussed in the previous twelve sections of the book. The author highlights the fact that Caribbean archaeology has experienced an important shift in perspective, from its original emphasis on culture history to an “interaction paradigm” This shifting trend has underlined the limitations that previous normalized notions about the lifeways and identities of the ancient inhabitants of the Antilles have presented for understanding what was a highly diverse and complex social and cultural seascape where multi-vectorial and multi-scalar interactions took place through time between the inhabitants of the islands and with those that occupied the surrounding Caribbean mainlands. These interactions resulted in the “cultural mosaic” that has existed in the islands since their initial occupations up to the present. The final chapter thus offers a broader meaning and contextualization to the new data in order to firmly embed them into current dialogues within Caribbean archaeology, focusing on the issues of origins, lifeways, and identities. The author provides a wide regional perspective as the framework for understanding the importance and implications of new evidence and conceptual models presented in the preceding chapters.

Keywords:   Circum-Caribbean, Interaction paradigm, Antilles, Cultural Mosaic, Lifeways, Identities

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