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The Archaeological, Linguistic and Ethnohistorical Evidence for the Expansion of Arawakan into Northwestern Venezuela and Northeastern Colombia

Oliver, José R.; (1989) The Archaeological, Linguistic and Ethnohistorical Evidence for the Expansion of Arawakan into Northwestern Venezuela and Northeastern Colombia. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Green open access

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Abstract

This dissertation provides evidence to substantiate a model of the prehistoric to proto-historic expansions of Arawakan-speaking groups into Northwestern Venezuela and Northeastern Colombia. It is based on research conducted in Coastal Falcón State, Venezuela between 1981 and 1983. Three independent data sets are analyzed: archaeology, lingustics and ethnohistory. Once the patterns of distribution are modeled for each domain independently, an evaluation is made of the degrees of correspondence of temporal and spatial patterns between each model. The resulting integrated model of Arawakan expansion stands in sharp contrast to the previous models that have predominated in the interpretations of the culture history of Venezuela and Colombia; namely, Osgood's Theory of the 'H', Cruxent & Rouse's Dichotomy of Venezuela and Willey's Pre-Agricultural/Early Pottery Horizon.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The Archaeological, Linguistic and Ethnohistorical Evidence for the Expansion of Arawakan into Northwestern Venezuela and Northeastern Colombia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10157455
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