This book summarizes well-known sites and those less known but
important to understanding the regional prehistory of Guyana. The
primary objective is to craft an overview and synthesis of the
archaeology of Guyana and in so doing document the diversity of
human adaptations over several thousands of years. The ten chapters
include an historical overview of the history of archaeological
research in Guyana during the late 19th and late 20th centuries; an
overview of the geological history, climate and geography; the
general chronological context of Guyana prehistory; the Late
Pleistocene/Early Holocene paleo-environmental context; the
evidence for Paleo-Indian occupations; the prehistory of
Northwestern Guyana with specific reference to the Archaic
shellfisher and later Horticultural patterns of the littoral; the
archaeology of the Abary and Hertenrits Phases of Northeastern
Guyana; an overview of the Taruma Phase of Southeastern Guyana; the
Paleo-Indian, Archaic, and Horticultural occupations of the
Rupununi savannahs; a summary and synthesis of the Iwokrama
rainforest in central Guyana; and a review of major developments in
Guyanan archaeology and future research needs.
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