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date: 18 August 2019

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

This volume showcases the dialogue between the academic, professional, and avocational archaeologies that have been practiced in the Caribbean for more than a century. The shared passions of our multivocal and polyvalent society are contested at the biennial meetings of the International Association of Caribbean Archaeologists, which held its first meeting in 1961. Membership in the association has grown dramatically over the past fifty years and includes researchers from more than countries with publications in five languages. Unfortunately, it was not possible to include everyone in this volume. The editors invited contributions that represent the generational and cultural spectrum that constitutes the praxis of Caribbean archaeology today. The substantial contributions of those who were not included are recognized in the bibliographies of every chapter.

Funding for the research hereby presented has come from a bewildering number of international and local sources that are far too numerous to mention individually. All of the authors acknowledge the contributions of their home institutions, local agencies, and volunteers. Major funding for some of the projects has been provided by the National Science Foundation (U.S.), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), the French Ministry of Culture, the National Geographic Society, the Organization of American States, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and privately and/or publicly funded CRM projects.

None of these projects would have been possible without the approval, support, and participation of the host countries, their various institutions, National Trusts, national and local museums, NGOs, and especially the people who welcomed us into their homes.

We appreciate the time that the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, and the University of Puerto Rico (Utuado) provided us to edit this volume. We thank Joost Morsink and Carmen Laguer Díaz for their services as editorial assistants. Finally, this Handbook would not have been possible without Stefan Vranka and Sarah Pirovitz at Oxford University Press. (p. xiv)