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Origins of the Tainan Culture, West Indies
by Sven Loven
preface by L. Antonio Curet
University of Alabama Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-8173-5637-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8509-5
Library of Congress Classification F1619.2.T3L913 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 972.900497922


When originally published in German in 1924, this volume was hailed as the first modern, comprehensive archaeological overview of an emerging area of the world. Yes, the Caribbean islands had long been known and owned, occupied, or traded among by the economically advanced nations of the world. However, the original inhabitants—as well as their artifacts, languages, and culture—had been treated by explorers and entrepreneurs alike as either slaves or hindrances to progress, and were used or eliminated. There was no publication that treated seriously the region and the peoples until this work. In the following ten years, additional pertinent publications emerged, along with a request to translate the original into Spanish. Based on those recent publications, Loven decided to update and reissue the work in English, which he thought to be the future international language of scholarship. This work is a classic, with enduring interpretations, broad geographic range, and an eager audience.

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