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Island Historical Ecology

Socionatural Landscapes of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Edited by Peter E. Siegel
Foreword by William Balée

326 pages, 141 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-763-5 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (December 2017)

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Reviews

“This highly important and most interesting book represents a valuable source of primary data on the historical ecology of the West Indies.” · Andrzej Antczak, Leiden University

“I am much impressed with the ground-breaking work involved in this project, and with its presentation. I believe it is a very valuable and novel addition to the scientific literature on the Lesser Antilles.” · Peter G. Roe, University of Delaware

Description

In the first book-length treatise on historical ecology of the West Indies, Island Historical Ecology addresses Caribbean island ecologies from the perspective of social and cultural interventions over approximately eight millennia of human occupations. Environmental coring carried out in carefully selected wetlands allowed for the reconstruction of pre-colonial and colonial landscapes on islands between Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Comparisons with well-documented patterns in the Mediterranean and Pacific islands place this case study into a larger context of island historical ecology.

Peter E. Siegel is Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University. His articles have appeared in Current Anthropology, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, and Journal of Field Archaeology, among others. Siegel’s research has been supported by the Heinz Family Foundation for Latin American Archaeology, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Subject: Archaeology Environmental Studies General Anthropology
Area: Latin America



Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments

Foreword
William Balée

Preface
Peter E. Siegel

PART I: METHOD, THEORY, AND APPLICATIONS OF ISLAND HISTORICAL ECOLOGY

Chapter 1. Migrations, Colonization Processes, and Landscape Learning
Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 2. Unique Challenges in Archipelagoes: 
Examples from the Mediterranean and Pacific Islands
Thomas P. Leppard

Chapter 3. Archaeological Framework for Caribbean Historical Ecology
Corinne L. Hofman and Menno L. P. Hoogland

Chapter 4. Methods for Addressing Landscape History
Deborah M. Pearsall, John G. Jones, Nicholas P. Dunning, Peter E. Siegel, Pat Farrell, Jason H. Curtis, and Neil A. Duncan

PART II: WEST INDIAN ISLAND HISTORICAL ECOLOGY

Chapter 5. Trinidad
Pat Farrell, Neil A. Duncan, John G. Jones, Nicholas P. Dunning, Deborah M. Pearsall, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 6. Grenada
John G. Jones, Deborah M. Pearsall, Pat Farrell, Nicholas P. Dunning, Jason H. Curtis, Neil A. Duncan, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 7. Curaçao
Nicholas P. Dunning, John G. Jones, Neil A. Duncan, Deborah M. Pearsall, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 8. Barbados
Nicholas P. Dunning, John G. Jones, Deborah M. Pearsall, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 9. Martinique
Neil A. Duncan, Nicholas P. Dunning, John G. Jones, Deborah M. Pearsall, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 10. Marie-Galante
John G. Jones, Nicholas P. Dunning, Deborah M. Pearsall, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 11. Antigua
Nicholas P. Dunning, John G. Jones, Deborah M. Pearsall, Neil A. Duncan, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 12. Barbuda
John G. Jones, Nicholas P. Dunning, Neil A. Duncan, Deborah M. Pearsall, and Peter E. Siegel

Chapter 13. St. Croix
Deborah M. Pearsall, Nicholas P. Dunning, John G. Jones, Neil A. Duncan, and Peter E. Siegel

PART III: SYNTHESIS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN ISLAND HISTORICAL ECOLOGY

Chapter 14. Assessing Colonization, Landscape Learning, and Socionatural Change in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean
Peter E. Siegel, Deborah M. Pearsall, Nicholas P. Dunning, John G. Jones, Pat Farrell, Neil A. Duncan, and Jason H. Curtis

Chapter 15. Insights from the Outside: 
Wider Perspectives and Future Directions in Island Caribbean Historical Ecology
John F. Cherry

References
Index

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