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Nature and Man

James Lazell

in Island

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520243521
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520243521.003.0048
Nature and Man

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The earliest artifactual remains from Guana are charcoal from the cave site and a polished stone axehead, both 2,000–1,500 ybp. Gibbons regards these as later archaic from gatherers, not Saladoid. Righter got the first Saladoid ceramic remains indicating a small settlement on the flat adjacent to the beach at 1,600–1,500 ybp. A Gibbon writer wrote that there is a humor of a chert vein in the limestone of West End, Tortola, running on westward to Great Thatch Island. There is limited or no evidence of human activity on the arid islands of the BVI for almost 200 years. There is scant evidence that anyone lived in—or even visited—Guana Island after James Parke departed or died in 1759. After the Quaker experiment, the BVI settled back into the quiet backwaters of history for another century and more.

Keywords: Axehead; Gibbons; Saladoid; chert; Tortola

Chapter.  12909 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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