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Crossing the Borders: New Methods and Techniques in the Study of Archaeology Materials from the Caribbean (Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory)by Corinne L. Hofman
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Explores the application of a selected number of newly emerging methods and techniques.
During the past few decades, Caribbean scholars on both sides of the Atlantic have increasingly developed and employed new methods and techniques for the study of archaeological materials. The aim of earlier research in the Caribbean was mainly to define typologies on the basis of pottery and lithic assemblages leading to the establishment of chronological charts for the region, and it was not until the 1980s that the use of technological and functional analyses of artifacts became widespread. The 1990s saw a veritable boom in this field, introducing innovative methods and techniques for analyzing artifacts and human skeletal remains. Innovative approaches included microscopic use-wear analysis, starch residue and phytolith analysis, stable isotope analysis, experimental research, ethnoarchaeological studies, geochemical analyses, and DNA studies.
The purpose of this volume is to describe new methods and techniques in the study of archaeological materials from the Caribbean and to assess possible avenues of mutual benefit and integration. Exploring the advantages and disadvantages in the application of a selected number of newly emerging methods and techniques, each of these approaches is illustrated by a case study. These studies benefited from a diverse array of experience and the international background of the researchers from Canada, the Netherlands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republic, England, and the United States who are integral members of the archaeological community of the Caribbean. A background to the study of archaeological materials in the Caribbean since the 1930s is provided in order to contextualize the latest developments in this field.
Benoît Bérard, Mathijs Booden, Iris Briels, Jago Cooper, Alfredo Coppa, Andrea Cucina, Gareth Davies ,Hylke de Jong, Christy de Mille, Corinne L. Hofman, Menno L. P. Hoogland, Charlene Dixon Hutcheson, Daan Isendoorn, Loe Jacobs, William F. Keegan, Harold J. Kelly, Sebastiaan Knippenberg, Yvonne M. J. Lammers-Keijsers,Fernando Luna Calderón, Marcos Martinón-Torres, Lee A. Newsom, Channah Nieuwenhuis José R. Oliver,Jaime R. Pagán Jiménez, Raphaël G. A. M. Panhuysen, Roberto Rodríguez Suárez, Glenis Tavarez María, Michael Turney, Roberto Valcárcel Rojas, Annelou L. van Gijn,Rita Vargiu,Tamara Varney, Johannes Zijlstra
Book News Annotation:
Based on materials presented at an April 2006 symposium titled "New Methods and Techniques in the Study of Material Culture in the Caribbean" and held in Puerto Rico, these papers describe the latest methods and techniques in the study of archeological materials and proposes new research. Topics include crossing disciplinary boundaries and national borders with new techniques effectively conducting provenance studies (combining conventional archaeometric techniques with ethnoarchaeological methods, reconciling colonial metal objects with indigenous values, chert sourcing using geochemical techniques), functional studies of artifacts (including new techniques for dental alginate molds, new methods for investigating stone bead drilling techniques, discerning more diversity through lithic technology, understanding tool use and technological choices, understanding the function of coral tools, determining the significance of wear and residue studies, studying starch residues from different contexts, new information on the use of plants), and trends in paleobotanical and paleo-osteological research (including evidence of migration). Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Crossing the Borders explores the application of a selected number of newly emerging methods and techniques.
About the Author
Corinne L. Hofman, Menno L. P. Hoogland, and Annelou L. van Gijn, are all on the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
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