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date: 11 December 2019

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The house is arguably the most significant material-culture category in anthropology and archaeology. In archaeology, house-centred approaches are popular because through the house and its associated features, the house represents a living entity, produced through past routines and practices. The focus of household archaeology is the realm of the domestic social group, which does not always imply the excavation of houses per se but stretches into other fields of social and community activity. This article suggests that the household archaeology of the pre-Columbian Caribbean is an area ripe for development. Both theoretically and methodologically, the development of household-level research questions and extensive excavation has the potential to make significant advances in understanding of the social and cultural dynamics of the earliest to the latest pre-Columbian communities.

Keywords: material culture, house-centred approaches, household archaeology, pre-Columbian Caribbean, cultural dynamics

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