Constructing caribbean chronologies:Comparative radiocarbon dating of shell and wood artefacts from pre-Columbian sites in Cuba

Cooper, J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2396-4414 and Thomas, K. D. (2012) Constructing caribbean chronologies:Comparative radiocarbon dating of shell and wood artefacts from pre-Columbian sites in Cuba. Archaeometry, 54 (2). pp. 401-425. ISSN 0003-813X

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Abstract

The lack of robust chronological frameworks for pre-Columbian archaeology in the Caribbean limits the interpretive potential of ongoing studies of inter-site and inter-island interaction. This paper reviews the dating of 28 wood and shell artefacts from sites in northern Cuba in an attempt to date pre-Columbian activity in the region and develop dating methodologies for the study of pre-Columbian interaction in the Caribbean. This research compares dates from wood and shell artefacts from the waterlogged site of Los Buchillones in north-central Cuba with dates from shell artefacts from sites on eight islands in the Sabana-Camaguey archipelago in the Bahama Channel. In addition to providing a chronological framework based on absolute dates for pre-Columbian activity in northern Cuba, this paper also considers the methodological issues of using shell for dating pre-Columbian activity in the Caribbean.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: caribbean,los buchillones,marine shell,northern cuba,pre-columbian,radiocarbon dating,wooden artefacts,history,archaeology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1202
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 08:30
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 00:24
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/86920
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2011.00622.x

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