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Diversifying the picture: indigenous responses to European arrival in Cuba

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Marcos Martinón-Torres ,

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Jago Cooper,

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Roberto Valcárcel Rojas,

Departamento Centro-Oriental de Arqueología, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente, Holguín, CU
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Thilo Rehren

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Abstract

There is a growing interest in cultural contact between indigenous peoples and Europeans following their arrival in the New World. In this article the authors explore local responses to European arrival in Cuba, through analysis of metalwork found in indigenous graves. These studies demonstrate that the local communities valued particular metals quite differently from the Europeans, as the imported materials were incorporated into pre-existing symbolic systems relating to sacred power.

How to Cite: Martinón-Torres, M. et al., (2007). Diversifying the picture: indigenous responses to European arrival in Cuba. Archaeology International. 10, pp.37–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1008
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Published on 01 Sep 2007.
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