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date: 17 July 2019

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This article exalts the most significant indicators of the early Antillean farmer–potter population and their subsequent developments, believed to have formed the foundation of the Antillean Formative. The first Agroalfarero (farmer–potter) migration to arrive to the Antilles was denominated in the classifications of the Centro de Investigaciones Arqueológicas (University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras) as La Hueca Culture. This culture originated in the South American Andes in accordance with its principal traits, among them the representation of the Andean condor in its lapidary and the cross-incised design in its decorated pottery. The second migration reportedly comes from the Lower Orinoco in Venezuela, denominated in the 1940 classifications of Irving Rouse as the Saladoid culture. This article rehearses the first major challenge to the standard model of migration and culture history.

Keywords: farmer–potter population, Antillean Formative, Agroalfarero migration, La Hueca Culture, Saladoid culture

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