- The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology
- Caribbean Archaeology in Historical Perspective
- The Climatic Context for Pre-Columbian Archaeology in the Caribbean
- Indigenous Languages of the Caribbean
- The “Classic” Taíno
- Kinship and Social Organization in the Pre-Hispanic Caribbean
- Ethnohistory of the Caribs
- The Arawak Diaspora Perspectives from South America
- The Humanization of the Insular Caribbean
- Gateway to the Mainland Trinidad and Tobago
- Isthmo–Antillean Engagements
- Huecoid Culture and the Antillean Agroalfarero (Farmer-Potter) Period
- The Saladoid
- The Southward Route Hypothesis
- The Post-Saladoid in the Lesser Antilles (A.D. 600/800–1492)
- Meillacoid and the Origins of Classic Taíno Society
- Archaeological Practice, Archaic Presence, and Interaction in Indigenous Societies in Cuba
- The Bahama Archipelago
- Archaeological Views of Caribbean Seafaring
- An Archaeology of Spatiality in the Caribbean
- Exchange as a Social Contract A Perspective from the Microscale
- Studying Pre-Columbian Interaction Networks Mobility and Exchange
- Rethinking Chiefdoms in the Caribbean
- Household Archaeology in the Pre-Columbian Caribbean
- Zooarchaeology in the Caribbean Current Research and Future Prospects
- Human–Plant Dynamics in the Precolonial Antilles A Synthetic Update
- Stable Isotope Analysis of Paleodiet in the Caribbean
- Paleomobility Research in Caribbean Contexts New Perspectives from Isotope Analysis
- The Study of Pre-Columbian Human Remains in the Caribbean Archipelago From Descriptive Osteology to a Bioarchaeological Approach
- From Corpse Taphonomy to Mortuary Behavior in the Caribbean A Case Study from the Lesser Antilles
- The DNA Evidence for the Human Colonization and Spread Across the Americas Implications for the Peopling of the Caribbean
- Rock Art of the Caribbean
- Metals in the Indigenous Societies of the Insular Caribbean
- New Directions in Caribbean Historical Archaeology
- Transcending Oppression Contributions of Maroon Heritage to Freedom in World History
- The Construction of an Identity and the Politics of Remembering
- Caribbean Archaeology in the Next 50 Years
Abstract and Keywords
This article presents an overview of the bioarchaeological research done on pre-Columbian skeletal material in the Caribbean archipelago, examining the past and current development of the field of bioarchaeology in this region. Christopher Goodwin wrote an extensive monograph in which he discussed the history and development of osteological research in the Caribbean, covering approximately 130 years of research done in this field throughout the archipelago. Following his categorization, osteological work in the Caribbean area until 1979 can be divided into three major historical periods: early (1847–1935), middle (1936–1964), and modern (1965–1979). The last two decades have seen a more integrated approach to the study of human remains in Caribbean archaeology, reflecting important developments in the field of bioarchaeology in general.
Edwin F. Crespo-Torres (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras Campus), where he currently manages the Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology Laboratory. Since 1991, he has served as a forensic anthropology consultant for the Puerto Rico Institute of Forensic Sciences. His research interests include mortuary practices (Caribbean and Mesoamerica), paleopathology, skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology.
Hayley L. Mickleburgh, (M.A. [Honors] Leiden University, 2007) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. Her research interests include bioarchaeology, dental anthropology, paleodiet and subsistence practices, mortuary practices, and craft activity and specialization, with a special focus on the archaeology of the Caribbean.
Roberto Valcárcel Rojas (M.S. Universidad de Oriente, Cuba, 1999) is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. He serves as Investigator at the Cuban Ministry of Science’s Department of Central-Eastern Archaeology in Holguín and is the author of two books and several articles about Cuban and Caribbean precolonial and colonial archaeology.
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