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The Caribbean before Columbus

William F. Keegan and Corinne L. Hofman


The Caribbean before Columbus is a new synthesis of the region’s insular history on multiple scales: temporal, spatial, local, regional, environmental, social, and political. It combines the results of the authors’ 55 years of archaeological research with that of their colleagues. For the first time the complete histories of the major islands and island groups are elucidated, and new insights are gained through inter-island comparisons. The concepts of series and ages provide structure, but historical names, such as Taíno and Lucayan, are avoided. The authors challenge the conventional wisdom ... More

Keywords: Caribbean Islands, Indigenous inhabitants, Culture history, Caribbean archaeology, Philosophy of archaeology, European encounters, Mobility, Exchange

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190605247
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190605247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William F. Keegan, author
Curator of Caribbean Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History

Corinne L. Hofman, author
Professor of Caribbean Archaeology, Leiden University