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date: 13 November 2019

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This article discusses the applications of isotope analyses to insular Caribbean contexts, with a special emphasis on the uses of strontium and oxygen isotope analyses to investigate the movement of humans, animals, and materials from the archaeological record. The first applications of these approaches to Caribbean materials are very recent, but their results indicate both the enormous potential of these techniques and some of their limitations. The discussion considers the future course of this research topic in the Caribbean, with some suggestions for how to further develop these approaches and ways in which they might contribute to archaeological discourses on mobility and diet within the circum-Caribbean.

Keywords: strontium isotope, oxygen isotope, stable isotope analysis, mobility, burials, Caribbean materials

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