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Author Samson, Alice Victoria Maud, 1977-

Title Renewing the House : Trajectories of Social Life in the Yucayeque (community) of El Cabo, Higueey, Dominican Republic, AD 800 to 1504
Published Havertown : Sidestone Press, 2010
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Contents Preface; Houses for the living and the dead; Scope of the research; Dissertation structure and chapter outline; Introduction; 1.1 Positioning the El Cabo research within the Greater Antillean archaeological tradition; 1.2 Overview of structure excavations in the Greater Antilles; 1.2.1 Summary of Greater Antillean structure characteristics; 1.3 Positioning the El Cabo research within the archaeological research history of the Dominican Republic; 1.3.1 The early phase; 1.3.2 A national Dominican archaeology; 1.3.3 The Dominican Golden Age; 1.3.4 The current state of affairs
1.4 Positioning the El Cabo research locally1.4.1 Threats to the Dominican heritage; 1.4.2 Large-scale destruction; 1.4.3 The relevance of El Cabo to local history and vice versa; 1.5 Discussion; Trajectories of social life; 2.1 Household archaeologies; 2.1.1 Methodology in household archaeology; 2.1.2 House theories in archaeology; 2.1.3 Definitions and approach used in the dissertation; 2.2 The house as a unit of analysis in the archaeology of the indigenous Greater Antilles; 2.2.1 The material house; 2.2.2 Houses and kinship; 2.2.3 House temporalities; 2.2.4 Houses, identity and personhood
2.2.5 Houses, hierarchy and social complexity2.3 Two sources of analogy as reference points in the study of El Cabo; 2.3.1 The house and Amazonian sociality: Aesthetics, morals and socialisation; 2.3.2 Present day El Cabo; 2.4 Review of data in early colonial sources; 2.4.1 Physical descriptions of houses; 2.4.2 House layout, furnishings and activities; 2.4.3 Settlement layout; 2.4.4 Household organization; 2.4.5 Conceptualization and cultural status of house; 2.4.6 Discussion; 2.5 Review of house as research focus in Greater Antillean archaeology; 2.5.1 Discussion of the different approaches
2.6 DiscussionRegional and local setting of El Cabo; 3.1 Research history in the eastern region; 3.1.1 Previous investigations; 3.2 El Cabo: Site setting; 3.3 Geological setting: Dissolving worlds; 3.3.1 The eastern coastal plains; 3.3.2 Summary; 3.4 Ecology and palaeoecology; 3.4.1 Current ecology of the eastern Dominican Republic; 3.4.2 Palaeoecology of El Cabo; 3.5 Land use history; 3.5.1 Material history; 3.5.2 Census data and reconstructed history; 3.5.3 Oral history; 3.5.4 Summary and discussion; 3.6 Regional setting: Pre-Columbian and colonial Higüey
3.6.1 The archaeology of the eastern region, post-AD 6003.6.2 Settlement patterns; 3.6.3 Discussion; 3.6.4 Higüey: The last cacicazgo and the pacification of the east; 3.7 El Cabo archaeological research history; 3.7.1 El Cabo in 1978; 3.7.2 El Cabo in 2000; 3.7.3 El Cabo in recent fieldwork and historical reports; 3.8 Discussion; Current research in El Cabo; 4.1 Introduction: the processes of discovery or rediscubrimiento in El Cabo; 4.1.1 Summary of 2005 fieldwork; 4.1.2 Summary of 2006 fieldwork; 4.1.3 Summary of 2007 fieldwork; 4.1.4 Summary of 2008 fieldwork; 4.2 Fieldwork procedures
Summary This study is a contribution to the household archaeology of the Caribbean. The aim of the research was to come to a material definition of the pre-colonial house, rather than rely on the few, short, Spanish colonial descriptions. Archaeological research from the indigenous Taíno site of El Cabo in the Dominican Republic is presented and seven centuries of community history from development and growth, to eventual demise after European contact is narrated through the dominant structure, the house. The interpretation of over 2000 domestic features, associated artefact assemblages and the spatia
Notes 4.2.1 The site grid
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Subject Hispaniola -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9088901147