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date: 01 October 2020

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One of the most exciting developments recently registered in the archaeology of the Caribbean has been the documentation of archaeological indicators of interactions between the precolonial inhabitants of the Antilles and those who occupied the Isthmo-Colombian area. This article presents evidence for millenary Isthmo-Antillean engagements on the basis of recently generated paleoethnobotanical, geologic, metallurgical, technological, and stylistic data. It focuses on the earliest phases of Isthmo-Antillean interaction that led to the circulation of commodities, plants, animals, ideas, technologies, and people between 4000 BC and AD 500/700. The evidence shows that the Isthmo-Colombian Area was a context in which the precolonial inhabitants of the Antilles maintained long-distance relationships long after entering the islands, which had great effects in both the insular and the continental Caribbean.

Keywords: Isthmo-Antillean engagements, precolonial inhabitants, Antilles, Caribbean archaeology, Isthmo-Colombian Area

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