Art and Archaeology of Pre-Columbian Cuba (Pitt Latin American Series) / Edition 1

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Art and Archaeology of Pre-Columbian Cuba presents a number of works, sixteen reproduced in color, by pre-Columbian artists from the archipelago, covering three millennia of human life in Cuba. Ramon Dacal Moure and Manuel Rivero de la Calle describe and interpret the two kinds of prehistoric art found on the island: that of original settlers, the Ciboneys, and that of the Tainos, who had largely replaced the Ciboneys by the time of Columbus. More than 100 photographs reveal the superb artistry of the Ciboney and Taino cultures. The project began when Thor Heyerdahl was asked to suggest a translator for a scientific manuscript. He recommended Daniel H. Sandweiss, an archaeologist then working with Heyerdahl on a site in Peru. David Watters, an archaeologist joined Sandweiss in editing the material. Through Art and Archaeology of Pre-Columbian Cuba, archaeologists and other professionals as well as general readers will come to admire and respect the talent visible in these examples of aboriginal art.

"First overview of Cuban archaeology published in English in 50 years. Highly illustrated volume (102 b/w and 16 color plates) provides some of the first images of important artifacts and classes of artifacts. Excellent introduction to recent investigations in Cuba"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Scholars from the University of Havana describe and illustrate a number of artifacts and interpret them in the context of three millennia of human artistic endeavor on the Caribbean island. They include the work of the original settlers, the Ciboneys; and of the Tainos, who had largely replaced them by the time Columbus arrived. Includes 16 color and over 100 monochrome plates. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822939559
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Latin American Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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