Allsworth-Jones, Philip; Lalor, Gerald C.; Lechler, George; Mitchell, Simon F.; Rodrigues, Esther Z. ; Vutchkov, Mitko K.
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Depatment of History and Archaeology
The Taino Settlement of the Kingston Area
The Earliest Inhabitants: The Dynamics of the Jamaican Taino
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University of the West Indies Press
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The presence of Taino sites in the Kingston area has been recorded from the last year of the nineteenth century onwards, and important excavations have been conducted at some of them, particularly by amateurs in the 1970s. Dr. James Lee included them in his general mapping project of the island, the results of which were mentioned in the newsletter, which he edited from 1965 to 1986. As a result of the development and spread of Kingston in recent times, some new sites have been discovered, but they and some of the old ones have also been wholly or partially destroyed. The number of people who are aware of the exact location of some of these sites is limited, and it seemed desirable to record this information before it was lost. A survey of all known sites was therefore carried out in order to ascertain their current status and assess possible opportunities for future work. The results can be seen in an accompanying map and annotated list. In addition, two pilot studies were undertaken to explore the possibilities of scientific analysis of some of these materials. First, following a small trial excavation at Chancery Hall in 1998, the molluscs from that excavation were examined, and the results are compared with the material already published from Rodney's House and Bellevue. Second, an initial study of pottery from six of the sites has been carried out using neutron activation analysis (NAA), and preliminary results from that study are also presented here. It is hoped that the pattern of interdisciplinary investigation employed in this study, using geographical units larger than the individual site, can be extended to throw light on the pre-Columbian occupation of Jamaica in general....