Yale University Publications in Anthropology 87

The Prehistory of Nevis, a Small Island in the Lesser Antilles

Samuel M. Wilson

With contributions by Laura Kozuch, Lee Newsom, J. Daniel Rogers and Elizabeth Wing

Foreword by Irving Rouse

 

Published by the Yale Peabody Museum
248 pp., 63 figs., 42 tbls., index
ISSN 1535-7082 | ISBN 0-913516-23-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-913516-23-2
$49.50 | Distributed by Yale University Press


Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments

ONE • Introduction

Overview of Caribbean Prehistory
Nevis Research and Its Relation to Problems in Caribbean Archaeology
Main Research Questions
Organization of this Book

TWO • Nevisian Environments: Possibilities and Limitations

Introduction
Location and Geology
Climate
Biogeographic Issues
Terrestrial Animals
Plant Communities
Offshore Habitats and Resources
Summary

THREE • The Archaeology of Nevis

Introduction
Catalogue of the Prehistoric Archaeological Sites of Nevis

FOUR • Ceramics and Chronology

J. Daniel Rogers
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Introduction
The Ceramic Collection
Conclusions
Acknowledgments

FIVE • Tubers, Fruits, and Fuel:
Paleoethnobotanical Investigations of the Dynamics
Between Culture and the Forested Environment

Lee A. Newsom
Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Introduction
Bioclimatic and Floristic Background
Nevis Paleoethnobotanical Sampling and Analysis
Laboratory Methods and Procedures
Results of Analysis
Discussion
Conclusions
Acknowledgments

SIX • Animal Remains from Archaeological Sites on Nevis

Laura Kozuch
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, Missouri
Elizabeth S. Wing
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Introduction
Materials and Methods
Results
Discussion

SEVEN • Nevisian Prehistoric Sites in Regional Context

Introduction
Problems and Caveats in Using Settlement Pattern Data
Archaeological Research from the Islands
Inferences from the Radiocarbon Dates
General Inferences from Patterns of Known Settlements

EIGHT • Nevis in the Period of European Contact

Summary

NINE • Conclusions

References

Index