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date: 10 April 2021

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This article examines the evolutionary trajectory of Caribbean archaeology from two perspectives: the disciplinary context of thought at various times from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and the major interests and research agendas of archaeologists working in the Caribbean over that time span. It situates Caribbean archaeology into historical perspective by considering the changing relations between archaeological interpretation and its social and cultural milieu. This review of Caribbean archaeology has three sections: issues and interests from approximately the mid-nineteenth century to 1960, post-1960s trends, and current research interests. In recent years, a growing body of indigenous voices in Caribbean archaeology is expressing resistance to the hegemony of colonialist interpretations of Caribbean pre-Columbian history.

Keywords: Caribbean archaeology, archaeological theory, post-1960s trends, cultural milieu, pre-Columbian history

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