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Beyond the Blockade
New Currents in Cuban Archaeology
Edited by Susan Kepecs, L. Antonio Curet, and Gabino La Rosa Corzo

Hardcover
2011. 224 pp.
39 Illustrations
978-0-8173-1720-1
Price:  $39.95 s
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2011. 224 pp.
39 Illustrations
978-0-8173-8492-0
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2011. 224 pp.
39 Illustrations
978-0-8173-5633-0
Price:  $24.95 s

This innovative volume builds on dialogues opened in recent years between Cuban archaeologists, whose work has long been carried out behind closed doors, and their international colleagues.  The chapters included herein span a wide range of subjects across the full chronological spectrum.  Most were written by emerging Cuban professionals who are breaking new ground; a few were penned by long-time leaders in the field.

 

Issues addressed by the 17 contributors represented in this collection include the long-term cultural and intellectual links between Florida and Cuba, which influence shared research goals today; the limitations of theoretical frameworks for archaeology defined in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, and how to overcome them; the challenges involved in charting out the earliest human occupations on the island; the processes of Indo-Hispanic transculturation during the Colonial epoch; late pre-Colombian links between the Taínos of eastern Cuba and the rest of the Greater Antilles; and the theoretical and practical tensions between architectural restoration and the practice of scientific urban historical archaeology.  Thus this volume makes a crucial contribution to the field of archaeology on many fronts, not the least of which is the sharing of information across the blockade.


Susan Kepecs is an honorary fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

 

L. Antonio Curet is Associate Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago.

 

Gabino La Rosa Corzo is research archaeologist at the Centro de Antropología in Havana.


“An excellent range of topics from pre-Columbian and colonial- period archaeology, including heritage and conservation of colonial buildings, which will appeal to a broad readership. The sensitive issue of blockade is brilliantly discussed. . . .The authors succeeded in keeping my interest and attention level high throughout the book.”
—José R. Oliver, University College of London


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“The volume, as a whole, gives the reader a very interesting overview of the state and history of Cuban archeology, as well as its future directions. It is not so technical that a newcomer to the subject would get lost, and the chapters are all concise and engaging. Since most of the contributors are Cuban, much of what you take away from the book is couched in the island’s scientific tradition, which is itself an interesting glimpse of a foreign approach to research. I strongly recommend Beyond the Blockade to anyone interested in learning about Cuban archeology or furthering their knowledge of the Caribbean.”—Field Notes

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