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The zooarcheological remains from Juan Miguel Cave and Finca de Doña Rosa, Barrio Caguana, Puerto Rico. Ritual Edibles or Quotidian Meals?

Oliver, JR; Narganes Storde, Y; (2005) The zooarcheological remains from Juan Miguel Cave and Finca de Doña Rosa, Barrio Caguana, Puerto Rico. Ritual Edibles or Quotidian Meals? In: Tavarez, Glenis María and García-Arévalo, Manuel, (eds.) Proceedings of the XX International Congress of Caribbean Archaeology. (pp. pp. 227-242). Museo del Hombre Dominicano-Funadcion Garcia Arevalo: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Green open access

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Abstract

Research in the karst zone around Caguana has yielded new data regarding animal hunting/procurement activities by pottery-bearing groups of the Ostiones period (AD 1050-1300). We compare the zooarchaeological remains recovered from a domestic midden at the habitation site Finca de Doña Rosa (Utu-44) with those found at the ritual-ceremonial funerary cave of Juan Miguel (Cag-3), located near Utu-44. The discussion focuses on the possible distinction between ritual edibles in contrast to domestic foods (staple dishes) that constitute the basic quotidian sustenance of the group. It is possible that the river crab (Epilobocera sinuatifrons) was one of these ritual edibles, intimately linked to rituals related to bruials, the cult to the ancestors and/or ceremonial activities involving petroglyphs

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The zooarcheological remains from Juan Miguel Cave and Finca de Doña Rosa, Barrio Caguana, Puerto Rico. Ritual Edibles or Quotidian Meals?
Event: International Congress of Caribbean Archaeology 2003
ISBN: 99934-813-6-X
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://dloc.com/AA00061961/00812/pdf
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: zooarchaeology, cave site, habitation site, ritual vs everyday food, Puerto Rico
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10178201
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