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Diversifying the picture: indigenous responses to European arrival in Cuba

Martinón-Torres, M; Cooper, J; Valcarcel Rojas, R; Rehren, T; (2007) Diversifying the picture: indigenous responses to European arrival in Cuba. Archaeology International , 10 pp. 37-40. 10.5334/ai.1008. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Diversifying the picture: indigenous responses to European arrival in Cuba
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/ai.1008
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1008
Language: English
Additional information: This manuscript is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 International license (CC BY 3.0). This license allows you to share and adapt the work providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC-BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.
Keywords: Brass, Cuba, archaeometallurgy, cultural contact, colonisation, colonial archaeology, metalwork, metallurgy, burial, graves
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/93682
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