Comprising 17 chapters and with a wide geographic reach stretching from the Florida Keys in the north to the Guianas in the south, this volume places a well-needed academic spotlight on what is generally considered an integral topic in Caribbean and circum-Caribbean archaeology.

The book explores a variety of issues, including the introduction and dispersal of early cultivars, plant manipulation, animal domestication, dietary profiles, and landscape modifications. Tried-and-true and novel analytical techniques are used to tease out aspects of the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean database that inform the complex and often-subtle processes of domestication under varying socio-environmental conditions. Contributors discuss their findings within multiple constructs such as neolithisation, social interaction, trade, mobility, social complexity, migration, colonisation, and historical ecology. Multiple data sources are used which include but are not restricted to rock art, cooking pits and pots, stable isotopes, dental calculus and pathologies, starch grains, and proxies for past environmental conditions.

Given its multi-disciplinary approaches, this volume should be of immense value to both researchers and students of Caribbean archaeology, biogeography, ethnobotany, zooarchaeology, historical ecology, agriculture, environmental studies, history, and other related fields.

chapter |32 pages

Caribbean and circum-Caribbean farmers

An introduction
ByBasil A. Reid, Peter E. Siegel, Nicholas P. Dunning, Corinne L. Hofman, Stéphen Rostain, Victor D. Thompson, Scott M. Fitzpatrick

part I|114 pages

Caribbean farmers from a regional perspective

chapter 2|16 pages

Humanizing the landscapes of the Lesser Antilles during the Archaic Age

ByPeter E. Siegel, John G. Jones, Deborah M. Pearsall, Nicholas P. Dunning, Pat Farrell, Neil A. Duncan, Jason H. Curtis, Sushant K. Singh

chapter 3|27 pages

The neolithisation of the northeastern Caribbean

Mobility and social interaction
ByCorinne L. Hofman, Reniel Rodríguez Ramos, Jaime R. Pagán Jiménez

chapter 4|15 pages

Straddling the subsistence divide

The case of Canímar Abajo and contemporaneous sites in Northwestern Cuba
ByDavid Gray Smith, Yadira Chinique de Armas, Roberto Rodríguez Suárez, William M. Buhay, Ivan Roksandic, Matthew C. Peros, Mirjana Roksandic

chapter 5|34 pages

Early horticulturalists of the southern Caribbean

ByAndrzej T. Antczak, Jay B. Haviser, Menno L. P. Hoogland, Arie Boomert, Raymundo A. C. F. Dijkhoff, Harold J. Kelly, Ma. Magdalena Antczak, Corinne L. Hofman

part II|24 pages

Animal domestication

chapter 6|22 pages

Animal management and domestication in the realm of Ceramic Age farming

ByMichelle J. LeFebvre, Susan D. deFrance

part III|33 pages

Caribbean farmers and rock art

chapter 7|31 pages

Rock art and horticulture in the Caribbean

Icons and symbols of humidity
ByPeter G. Roe, Michele H. Hayward, Michael A. Cinquino

part IV|30 pages

Caribbean versus Pacific farmers

chapter 8|28 pages

A comparative study of pre-colonial farming in the Caribbean vis-à-vis the Pacific

ByBasil A. Reid, Frank R. Thomas, Scott M. Fitzpatrick

part V|72 pages

Caribbean farmers (methods and techniques)

chapter 10|21 pages

Domesticating the island

Anthropogenic soils and landform modification as components of subsistence-resource acquisition strategies in Puerto Rico
ByIsabel C. Rivera-Collazo, Lara M. Sánchez-Morales

chapter 11|15 pages

Isotopic challenges and categorical stumbling blocks in Caribbean archaeology

A cautionary tale from Puerto Rico
ByWilliam J. Pestle, Reniel Rodríguez Ramos

chapter 12|19 pages

Assessing dietary and subsistence transitions on prehistoric Aruba

Preliminary bioarchaeological evidence
ByHayley L. Mickleburgh, Jason E. Laffoon

part VI|112 pages

Circum-Caribbean farmers

section |18 pages

Florida Keys

chapter 13|16 pages

When foragers are managers

Social complexity and persistent foraging in the Florida Keys
ByTraci Ardren, Victor D. Thompson, Scott M. Fitzpatrick, Joseph Stevenson, Roger L. Sierra

section |43 pages

Central America

chapter 14|24 pages

Maize, manioc, mamey, and more

Pre-Columbian lowland Maya agriculture
ByNicholas P. Dunning, Timothy Beach, Elizabeth Graham, David Lentz, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

chapter 15|17 pages

Getting to the grain

The domestication of Zea mays in Mesoamerica and beyond
ByRobert P. Kruger

section |48 pages

South America

chapter 16|18 pages

Pre-Columbian farmers in the Guianas

ByStéphen Rostain

chapter 17|28 pages

From cooking pits to cooking pots

Changing modes of food processing during the Late Archaic Age in French Guiana
ByMartijn M. van den Bel, Sebastiaan Knippenberg, Jaime R. Pagán Jiménez

chapter |10 pages


ByPeter Bellwood