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date: 22 August 2019

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The Meillacoid people are identified in the archaeological record of the northern West Indies by the presence of distinctively decorated pottery vessels. This article suggests that mounting archaeological evidence indicates that the Meillacoid culture was not a minor player in the evolution of the Classic Taíno, but rather a marquee headliner that shaped the development of the complex societies Columbus accidentally stumbled upon in 1492. It notes a transition between the Meillacoid people and the Classic Taíno of northern Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahama Archipelago. In many respects, the only substantive change in the archaeological record at many sites in this area is the introduction of a new type of ceramics, the Chican subseries, which evolved in southeastern Hispaniola around AD 1200. As the archaeological evidence indicates, a change in ceramic usage actually represents a very small modification to the overall cultural picture.

Keywords: ceramic usage, archaeological evidence, Meillacoid culture, Chican subseries, southeastern Hispaniola, Taíno, Bahama Archipelago

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