Island networks: Transformations of inter-community social relationships in the Lesser Antilles at the advent of European colonialism

Corinne L. Hofman, Lewis Borck, Jason E. Laffoon, Emma R. Slayton, Rebecca B. Scott, Thomas W. Breukel, Catarina Guzzo Falci, Maroussia Favre, Menno L. P. Hoogland

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Abstract

The Caribbean Sea was a conduit for human mobility and the exchange of goods and ideas during the whole of its pre-colonial history. The period cal. AD 1000-1800, covering the Late Ceramic Age and early colonial era, represents an archaeologically understudied time during which the Lesser Antilles came under increasing influence from the Greater Antilles and coastal South America and participated in the last phase of indigenous resistance to colonial powers. This article summarizes the results of the Island Network project, supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in which a multi-disciplinary set of archaeological, archaeometric, geochemical, GIS, and network science methods and techniques have been employed to disentangle this turbulent era in regional and global history. These diverse approaches reveal and then explore multi-layered networks of objects and people and uncover how Lesser Antillean communities were created and transformed through teaching, trade, migration, movement, and exchange of goods and knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-316
JournalThe Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology
Volume16
Issue number2-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020

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