This is a book on Native American cultures of Puerto Rico prior to, and shortly after, the arrival of the Spanish in 1493. A book on the prehistory of a modern geopolitical entity is artificial. It is unlikely that prehistoric occupants recognized the same boundaries and responded to the same political forces that operated in the formation of current nations, states, or cities. Yet, archaeologists traditionally have produced such volumes and they generally represent anchors for ongoing research in a specific region, in this case the island of Puerto Rico, its immediate neighbors, and the wider Caribbean basin. To varying degrees, this work addresses issues and draws data from beyond the boundaries of Puerto Rico because in pre-Columbian times the water between islands likely was not viewed as a boundary in our modern sense of the term. The last few decades have witnessed a growth of intense archaeological research on the island, from material culture in the form of lithics, ceramics, and rock art; to nutritional, architecture, and environmental studies; to rituals and social patterns; to the aftermath of Conquest. ""Ancient Borinquen"" provides a comprehensive overview of recent thinking, new data, syntheses, and insights into current Puerto Rican archaeology, and it reflects and illuminates similar concerns elsewhere in the West Indies, lowland South America, and Central America.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 717 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 29 mm
"This volume does a commendable job assembling a comprehensive overview of recent archaeological work on Puerto Rico. The book furthers our understanding of Caribbean prehistory by focusing on this island interface between the Greater and Lesser Antilles."--Charles R. Ewen, author of From Spaniard to Creole
"Puerto Rico has been the focus of intensive archaeological research for the last 20 years and more. This impressive volume pulls together the insights from this work and presents them within a context that emphasizes both indigenous perspectives and Puerto Rico's connections to the rest of the Caribbean."--Samuel Wilson, author of Hispaniola