Life and death at precolumbian Lavoutte, Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles

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Life and death at precolumbian Lavoutte, Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Life and death at precolumbian Lavoutte, Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles
Author: Hofman, C.L.Hoogland, M.L.P.Mickleburgh, H.L.Laffoon, J.E.Weston, D.A.Field, M.H.
Journal Title: Journal of Field Archaeology
Issue: 3
Volume: 37
Start Page: 209
End Page: 225
Pages: 17
Issue Date: 2012
Keywords: rescue archaeology
funerary archaeology
mortuary behavior
Caribbean archaeology
bioarchaeology
human mobility
Abstract: The Caribbean archaeological record requires immediate attention and protection. Development and natural forces have impacted archaeological sites, destroying or severely damaging them. The precolumbian site of Lavoutte, located in northern Saint Lucia, has been known as a major Late Ceramic Age (A.D. 1000–1500) settlement since the 1960s, but it has been damaged over the past decades by both natural and human processes. Multidisciplinary field and laboratory methodologies were implemented during a rescue project at the site from 2009 to 2010. This paper presents the results of collaborative efforts between local and international organizations. The first goal was to demonstrate the importance of protection and rescue of endangered archaeological sites. Secondly, we aimed to show that by adopting a multidisciplinary approach including artifact analysis, bioarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and geochemistry, severely damaged sites can be of significant informational value.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/48168
 

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