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date: 22 August 2019

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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.

Keywords: bioarchaeological research, skeletal material, burial practices, paleopathology, Caribbean osteological work

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