Archaeology and Geoinformatics: Case Studies from the Caribbean

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Addressing the use of geoinformatics in Caribbean archaeology, this volume is based on case studies drawn from specific island territories, namely, Barbados, St. John, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Eustatius, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as inter-island interaction and landscape conceptualization in the Caribbean region. Geoinformatics is especially critical within the Caribbean where site destruction is intense due to storm surges, hurricanes, ocean and riverine erosion, urbanization, industrialization, ...

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Overview

Addressing the use of geoinformatics in Caribbean archaeology, this volume is based on case studies drawn from specific island territories, namely, Barbados, St. John, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Eustatius, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as inter-island interaction and landscape conceptualization in the Caribbean region. Geoinformatics is especially critical within the Caribbean where site destruction is intense due to storm surges, hurricanes, ocean and riverine erosion, urbanization, industrialization, and agriculture, as well as commercial development along the very waterfronts that were home to many prehistoric peoples. By demonstrating that the region is fertile ground for the application of geoinformatics in archaeology, this volume places a well-needed scholarly spotlight on the Caribbean.

About the Author:
Basil A. Reid is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

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Editorial Reviews

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"A great contribution to Caribbean and island archaeology since it covers most of the Caribbean and includes a variety of topics, from purely academic studies on migration and slavery, to more applied approaches where geoinformatics is used for CRM purposes."
—L. Antonio Curet, The Field Museum

"This work is a very useful overview of the current state of the use of GIS and remote sensing technology in the Caribbean that will serve as a benchmark for future studies in the region." —Jay K. Johnson, University of Mississippi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817354701
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Basil A. Reid is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Archaeology and Geoinformatics: Case Studies from the Caribbean   Basil A. Reid     1
Archaeology, GIS, and Visibility Models
The Caribbean: A Continent Divided by Water   Joshua M. Torres   Reniel Rodriguez Ramos     13
Archaeology, GIS, and Cultural Resource Management
Developing Weights-of-Evidence Predictive Models for the Cultural Resource Management of Pre-Columbian Sites in Trinidad   Basil A. Reid     33
Forward Planning: The Utilization of GIS in the Management of Archaeological Resources in Barbados   Kevin Farmer     74
Developing an Archaeological Information System for Trinidad and Tobago   Bheshem Ramlal   Basil A. Reid     86
Archaeology, GIS, Cartography, GPS, Satellite Imagery, Aerial Photography, and Photogrammetry
Maps, Matricals, and Material Remains: An Archaeological GIS of Late-Eighteenth-Century Historic Sites on St. John, Danish West Indies   Douglas V. Armstrong   Mark W. Hauser   David W. Knight   Stephan Lenik     99
Understanding Nevis: GPS and Archaeological Field Survey in a Postcolonial Landscape   Roger H. Leech     127
The Use of Imagery to Locate Taino Sites in Jamaica in a GIS Environment   Parris Lyew-Ayee   IvorConolley     137
Archaeology and Geophysics
Geophysics and the Search for Raleigh's Outpost on Trinidad   Eric Klingelhofer     155
Geophysics and Volcanic Islands: Resistivity and Gradiometry on St. Eustatius   R. Grant Gilmore III     170
Conclusion: Postscript: Archaeology and Geoinformatics from a Caribbeanist Perspective   Basil A. Reid     184
Glossary of Terms     195
References Cited     205
Contributors     225
Index     229

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