New radiocarbon dates for the Grenadine Islands (West Indies)

Fitzpatrick, Scott M. and Giovas, Christina M. (2011) New radiocarbon dates for the Grenadine Islands (West Indies). Radiocarbon, 53 3: 451-460.

Author Fitzpatrick, Scott M.
Giovas, Christina M.
Title New radiocarbon dates for the Grenadine Islands (West Indies)
Journal name Radiocarbon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-8222
1945-5755
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 53
Issue 3
Start page 451
End page 460
Total pages 10
Place of publication Tucson, AZ, United States
Publisher University of Arizona Department of Geosciences
Language eng
Abstract Intensified archaeological research in the Caribbean over the past 2 decades has provided a wealth of new information on how and when these islands were settled prehistorically. However, there has been a paucity of research on islands in the southern Lesser Antilles, which would allow for more rigorous testing of migration models and various settlement pattern hypotheses. To address some of these chronological and geographical gaps, we present a corpus of 41 radiocarbon dates from several sites in the Grenadine Island chain. Results to date support a relatively late Ceramic Age settlement of these smaller islands (about AD 400) compared to other nearby, larger islands in the southern Lesser Antilles (about AD 200) as well as the Caribbean as a whole (about 400/500 BC). Intriguing questions also remain as to an apparent, but as yet inadequately tested, pattern where earlier colonization dates are correlated with larger island size.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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