Archaeology of Curaçao and the Caribbean

Dr. Scott M. Fitzpatrick
Course Description
In this program we will explore the archaeology of Curaçao and other Pre-Columbian settlements in the Caribbean islands. With a focus toward examining migration theories, settlement patterns, subsistence strategies and the development of cultural complexity through time, we will examine the rich archaeological and historical record of a region that often receives little attention from introductory textbooks and discussions of world prehistory. Toward the end of the course, we will discuss how many of these smaller island states, dependent on the tourist industry for income, have grappled with preserving the past in the post-colonial era.