Spring 2021 - ARCH 331 D100

Special Topics: Select Regions in World Archaeology II (3)

Caribbean Archaeology

Class Number: 7219

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 272W or 273 or by permission of instructor. Other prerequisites may be required, but will vary according to topic.



An overview of culture history and methodological/theoretical issues for a specific region of the world. Variable units: 3, 4, 5.


Examines the pre-Columbian history of the Caribbean from initial settlement to the early contact period. Topics include migration, Amerindian cultural diversity, seafaring, exchange networks, historical ecology, and the development of social complexity. The class will examine key debates surrounding colonization, continental contacts, the identity of island Caribs, and Spanish accounts of cannibalism.


  • Assignment 1 20%
  • Assignment 2 30%
  • Quiz 1 25%
  • Quiz 2 25%



Keegan, William F. and Corinne L. Hofman. 2017 The Caribbean Before Columbus. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.

ISBN: 9780190605254

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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