Seascape Corridors: Modeling Routes to Connect Communities Across the Caribbean Sea [Hardback]

Emma Ruth Slayton (Author)

ISBN: 9789088905780 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 340p, H254 x W178 (mm) 38fc/72bw

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Seascape Corridors


In this book past maritime connections are modeled between indigenous island communities in the Caribbean. It is evaluated how routes connecting islands in the Caribbean.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Objectives and research questions
1.2 The model’s underpinnings
1.3 Outline of chapters
Chapter 2: Modeling canoe voyaging in theory
2.1 Seascapes as spaces
2.2 Movement through sea spaces
2.3 Sea-based mental maps
2.4 Conclusion
Chapter 3: Caribbean canoes and canoe modeling
3.1 The canoe as a base for modeling
3.1.1 Canoes: What we know
3.1.2 Paddles and Propulsion
3.1.3 To sail or not to sail
3.2 Modeling land and sea routes
3.2.1 The origins of optimal modeling methods
3.2.2 Previous attempts to model sea routes
3.2.3 Incorporating archaeological evidence
3.3 Conclusion
Chapter 4: Modeling reciprocal voyages
4.1 The Influence of current and wind
4.2 Adding a human element
4.3 Evaluating currents
4.4 Isochrone modeling
Chapter 5: Routes between neighbouring islands: Connecting partners in the Long Island lithic exchange network
5.1 Some islands and sites
5.1.1 Antigua and Long Island
5.1.2 Anguilla
5.1.3 St. Martin
5.1.4 Saba
5.1.5 St. Eustatius
5.1.6 St. Kitts
5.1.7 Nevis
5.1.8 Barbuda
5.1.9 Montserrat
5.2 Modeling interpretations
5.2.1 Route costs
5.2.2 Route trajectories
5.3 Conclusion
Chapter 6: Modeling canoeing across the Mona Passage and the Anegada Passage: Connecting the Greater and the Lesser Antilles
6.1 Connecting the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles
6.1.1 Taíno across the Antillean divide
6.1.2 Ceramic styles
6.1.3 Three pointers and shell masks
6.2 Islands and points
6.2.1 Southeastern Hispaniola
6.2.2 Mona Island
6.2.3 Puerto Rico
6.2.4 St. Thomas and St. John
6.2.5 St. Croix
6.2.6 Anguilla
6.2.7 Saba
6.3 Modeling routes between the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles
6.3.1 Underlying environmental factors
6.3.2 Failed routes and navigation challenges
6.3.3 Route cost
6.3.4 Route trajectory
6.4 Conclusion
Chapter 7: Voyaging over longer distances: Connecting the South American mainland with the Windward Islands
7.1 Kaliña and Kalinago
7.1.1 Ceramic styles
7.1.2 Language
7.1.3 Ethnohistoric accounts
7.1.4 Mainland and island locations
7.2 Route modeling
7.2.1 Failed routes and navigation challenges
7.2.2 Current tool
7.2.3 Route cost
7.2.4 Route layout
7.3 Conclusion
Chapter 8: Discussion
8.1 A brief review
8.2 Observations on research questions
8.2.1 Seasonality
8.2.2 Canoe pathways and site placement
8.2.3 Modeled seafaring practices, navigation, and mental maps
8.3 Limitations
8.4 Future work
Curriculum vitae

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