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AMS Radiocarbon Date for Precolumbian Caribbean Rock Art: Borbón Cave No. 1, Dominican Republic



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García Diez, Marcos and López, Adolfo and Sarró Moreno, Isabel and Fatás Monforte, Pilar (2022) AMS Radiocarbon Date for Precolumbian Caribbean Rock Art: Borbón Cave No. 1, Dominican Republic. Latin American Antiquity . pp. 1-8. ISSN 1045-6635

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/laq.2022.37


We present an AMS radiocarbon date from a bird image in a cave on the island of Hispaniola in the northern Caribbean. Borbón Cave No. 1 contains a key rock art assemblage that likely reflects a significant part of past native Taíno societies’ symbolic thought and beliefs. The grouping has already served to define one rock art style in the Antilles: the Borbón School. Our sample yielded a date of 890 ± 30 BP (1045–1225 cal AD). This result, as well as additional published dates for the region, confirms that these images were created before European contact with the region. Further dating comparison indicates that Taíno artistic traditions persisted for some years after the arrival and settlement of Spanish colonists on the island.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Caribbean art, Taíno culture, cave art, Borbón School, AMS 14C
Subjects:Humanities > History > Archaeology
ID Code:72553
Deposited On:26 May 2022 11:39
Last Modified:26 May 2022 12:11

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