Rock Art of the Caribbean

Rock Art of the Caribbean

by Michele Hayward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817355308

ISBN-13: 9780817355302

Pub. Date: 04/28/2009

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

This compilation, by an international grouping of scholars, focuses on the nature of Caribbean rock art or rock graphics and makes clear the region's substantial and distinctive rock art tradition. Thorough and comparative, it includes data on the history of rock graphic research, the nature of the assemblages (image numbers, types, locations), and the legal,

Overview

This compilation, by an international grouping of scholars, focuses on the nature of Caribbean rock art or rock graphics and makes clear the region's substantial and distinctive rock art tradition. Thorough and comparative, it includes data on the history of rock graphic research, the nature of the assemblages (image numbers, types, locations), and the legal, conservation, and research status of the image sites. Chapters on these topics cover research on the islands of Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Aruba, and Bonaire. The prehispanic rock art and other ceremonial structures and artifacts, along with enthnohistorical accounts of the region at Contact, projected backward in time, all point to an active ritual and ceremonial life involving commoners, religious specialists, and elites in differing and interconnected roles and for diverse purposes. The selective use of common rock graphic design and physical elements can be seen in the distribution and execution of the carved and painted images. Pecked, ground, abraded, and scratched petroglyphs, along with pictographs done frequently in red, black, white and orange hues are found on a range of rock surfaces including limestones, granites, diorites, and andesites. Caves/rock shelters and rock formations associated with water sources (water ways, pools, ocean) account for the two most common locations, followed by ball court sites, inland rock outcroppings and beach rock.
 
In addition to specific area presentations, the work includes a review of recent advances in Caribbean rock graphic studies including dating and interpretative models; the application of a new documentation method and resulting computer manipulation advantages; a conservation project in Jamaica that has implications for the preservation and interpretation of the site; and a proposed dating sequence for the Lesser Antillean
Windward Islands.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817355302
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Series:
Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
976,768
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction Michele H. Hayward Lesley-Gail Atkinson Michael A. Cinquino 1

2 Rock Art within the Bahamian Archipelago John H. Winter 13

3 History, Survey, Conservation, and Interpretation of Cuban Rock Art Racso Fernández Ortega José B. González Tendero Divaldo A. Gutierrez Calvache 22

4 Sacred Landscapes: Imagery, Iconography, and Ideology in Jamaican Rock Art Lesley-Gail Atkinson 41

5 Caring for the Spirit Helpers: Recording, Graffiti Removal, Interpretation, and Management of the Warminster/Genus Rockshelter, Jamaica Johannes H. N. Loubser Philip Allsworth-Jones 58

6 The Rock Images of Haiti: A Living Heritage Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique 78

7 Rock Art Studies in the Dominican Republic José Gabriel Atiles Bidó 90

8 Rock Art of the Dominican Republic and Caribbean Adolfo López Belando Michael H. Hayward 102

9 Rock Art of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Michele H. Hayward Peter G. Roe Michael A. Cinquino Pedro A. Alvarado Zayas Kenneth S. Wild 115

10 The Rock Art of Guadeloupe, French West Indies Gérard Richard 137

11 Contextual Analysis of the Lesser Antillean Windward Islands Petroglyphs: Methods and Results Sofia Jöet;nsson Marquet 147

12 Prehistoric Rock Paintings of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles Jay B. Haviser 161

13 Rock Art of Aruba Harold J. Kelly 175

14 A New Method for Recording Petroglyphs: The Research Potential of Digitized Images George V. Landon W. Brent Seales 188

15 The Mute Stones Speak: The Past, Present, and Future of Caribbean Rock Art Research Peter G. Roe 198

References Cited 241

Contributors 271

Index273

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