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Archaeological Investigations on Guadeloupe, French West Indies
The Troumassoid Turning Point

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ISBN 9781032020549
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
222 Pages 108 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Comprising 20 scientific contributions to the archaeology of Guadeloupe, French West Indies (FWI), this volume places the latter Caribbean Island in the spotlight by presenting the results of four contemporaneous archaeological sites.

By means of these four sites, this book explores a variety of issues contemplating the transition from the Early to the Late Ceramic Age in the Lesser Antilles. Studies of pre-Columbian material culture (ceramics, lithics, faunal, shell and human bone remains) are combined with additional microanalyses (starch and phytolith analyses, micromorphology and thin sections) to sort out the processes that triggered the cultural transition just before the end of the first millennium AD.

The multi-disciplinary approach to address these sites Saladoid shows the current state of affairs on project-led archaeology in the French West Indies and should be of great value to both researchers and students of Caribbean archaeology, material cultures, zooarchaeology, environmental studies, historical ecology and other related fields.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Plates

List of Tables

List of Contributors




1. General presentation by Martijn van den Bel

2. Context

2.1 Methods and Techniques by Martijn van den Bel

Radiocarbon dates by Martijn van den Bel

2.3 Geomorphology and Environment by Christophe Jorda

3. Site level

Houses and House Locations by Martijn van den Bel

Burials by Thomas Romon

3.3 Large circular pits by Martijn van den Bel

4. Material Culture

4.1 Pottery by Martijn van den Bel

4.2 Lithics by Sebastiaan Knippenberg

4.3 European wares from Parking de Roseau by Fabrice Casagrande

4.4 Glass beads from Parking de Roseau by Karlis Karklins

4.5 Invertebrates: Daily activities and regime by Nathalie Serrand

4.6 Faunal remains: Daily activities and regime by Sandrine Grouard and Noémie Tomadini in collaboration with Marine Durocher, Eric Pellé, and Brigitte David

5. Microanalysis

5.1 Micromorphology of a circular pit at CHU Belle-Plaine by Jeanne Brancier and Cécilia Cammas

5.2 Microbotanical analysis by Ruth Dickau and Jennifer Watling

5.3 Starch analysis by Jaime Pagán-Jiménez

5.4 Thin sections by Gilles Fronteau and Martijn van den Bel

6. Synthesis

7. Epilogue

Arie Boomert

8. Résumé

9. Bibliography

10. Appendix


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Martijn van den Bel is an archaeologist and project leader for Inrap in the Lesser Antilles and French Guiana. Next to his work in project-led archaeology, he participates in various multidisciplinary projects as an archaeologist addressing the impact of ancient human presence in the tropical forest of French Guiana. He also conducts archival research contemplating the Colonial Encounter in the Lesser Antilles and the Coastal Guianas during the 17th-century.