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date: 18 September 2020

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This article argues that the cultural transformations associated with the end of the Saladoid in the Lesser Antilles are pivotal for understanding the sociopolitical, economic, and ideological changes that occurred in the succeeding periods. The discussion deals with the current state of affairs in post-Saladoid archaeology of that region. It uses Irving Rouse’s taxonomic system, which provides the common nomenclature and general framework for the macroscale developments that occurred in the Lesser Antilles after the Saladoid, and Rouse’s chronological scheme with the Late Ceramic Age in the islands divided into an early (AD 800–1200) and a late (AD 1200–1500) phase. The article addresses what happened at the local or microscale of the settlement and the community. Topics include social organization, interaction, settlement structure, and life ways.

Keywords: Lesser Antilles, post-Saladoid archaeology, social organization, Late Ceramic Age

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