Tracing Traces from Present to Past

A Functional Analysis of Pre-Columbian Shell and Stone Artefacts from Anse à la Gourde and Morel, Guadeloupe, FWI

Yvonne Lammers-Keijsers

Yvonne Lammers-Keijsers

Distributed for Leiden University Press

182 pages | 6 1/4 x 8 1/3
Paper $38.50 ISBN: 9789087280284 Published June 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This comprehensive volume analyzes shell implements, as well as flint and stone tools, from the pre-Columbian sites of Anse à la Gourde and Morel, Guadeloupe, drawing on archaeological, ethnographical, ethnohistorical and experimental data. The results of a functional analysis of all artifact categories are presented, as well as a reconstruction of the technological system in the pre-Columbian period. Lammers-Keijsers also demonstrates the value of this integral approach in shedding light on the choices made in past tool use and the future study of different raw materials.

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