Possible Allochthonous Lucayan Arawak Artifact Distributions, Bahama Islands
Authors: Keegan, William F.; Mitchell, Steven W.
Source: Journal of Field Archaeology, Volume 13, Number 3, 1986 , pp. 255-258(4)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Two types of allochthonous (formed or originally occurring elsewhere) Lucayan Arawak artifact distributions are identified as the product of natural and historic transport mechanisms. Root-rafting is proposed as the mechanism by which certain igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary lithologic types were carried to the Bahamas, and historical cave-earth excavations are discussed as the process by which artifacts from cave sites were redistributed in open-air contexts. The recognition of these mechanisms is significant for the accurate reconstructions of prehistoric Lucayan Arawak exchange networks and settlement patterns.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1986-01-01
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