A decade of archaeological research on Carriacou, Grenadine Islands, West Indies

Fitzpatrick, Scott M., Kaye, Quetta, Kappers, Michiel and Giovas, Christina M. (2014) A decade of archaeological research on Carriacou, Grenadine Islands, West Indies. Caribbean Journal of Science, 48 2-3: 151-161. doi:10.18475/cjos.v48i3.a04

Author Fitzpatrick, Scott M.
Kaye, Quetta
Kappers, Michiel
Giovas, Christina M.
Title A decade of archaeological research on Carriacou, Grenadine Islands, West Indies
Journal name Caribbean Journal of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0008-6452
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.18475/cjos.v48i3.a04
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 48
Issue 2-3
Start page 151
End page 161
Total pages 11
Place of publication Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Publisher Universidad de Puerto Rico a Mayaguez College of Arts and Sciences
Language eng
Abstract Archaeological research on Carriacou in the southern Grenadines has demonstrated that despite its relatively small size, the island was inhabited prehistorically for at least a thousand years (ca. AD 400-1400) and has an unusually large number of sites. Over the past decade we have conducted research at two major coastal village sites— Grand Bay and Sabazan—that have revealed an archaeologically rich heritage, but one that is also extremely threatened as a result of looting, sand mining, and tidal erosion. Here we provide a brief summary of research from seven field seasons on Carriacou with a focus on results from the 2014 project in what has become one of the longest continuously running field programs in the region. Results demonstrate that Carriacou was: 1) settled slightly later in time (ca. AD 400) compared to nearby islands with higher elevations; 2) engaged in widespread exchange with other islands and possibly mainland South America as evidenced by the discovery of translocated animals, non-local pottery, and ritual objects; and 3) heavily focused on the exploitation of marine resources for subsistence.
Keyword Small islands
Windward islands
Public archaeology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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