Indigenous Caribbean perspectives: archaeologies and legacies of the first colonised region in the New World

Faculty/Professorship: Digital Geoarchaelogy  
Author(s): Hofman, Corinne L.; Ulloa Hung, Jorge; Herrera Malatesta, Eduardo; Jean, Joseph Sony; Hoogland, Menno L.; Sonnemann, Till  
Title of the Journal: Antiquity
ISSN: 0003-598X
Corporate Body: Antiquity Publications Ltd
Publisher Information: Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 92
Issue: 361
Pages: 200-216
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.247
The role of pre-contact indigenous peoples in shaping contemporary multi-ethnic society in Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and elsewhere in the Caribbean, has been downplayed by traditional narratives of colonialism. Archaeological surveys in the northern Dominican Republic and open-area excavations at three (pre-)Contact era Amerindian settlements, combined with historical sources and ethnographic surveys, show that this view needs revising. Indigenous knowledge of the landscape was key to the success of early Europeans in gaining control of the area, but also survives quite clearly in many aspects of contemporary culture and daily life that have, until now,been largely overlooked.
Keywords: Archäologie, Karibik
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 20. February 2018