Jose Oliver on ancient Caribbean migrations

Jose Oliver was invited to present his research on ancient Caribbean migrations as part of Tulane University’s Anthropology Colloquium Series last month.

Jose’s talk, Ancient Caribbean Migrations: A Critical Appraisal, focused on how archaeological and linguistic perspectives are useful
for understanding ancient population movements in the Caribbean and
lowland South America.


The Caribbean Islands were the scene of two major ancient migrations
(population movements) originating from the continent. Migration was and
is still invoked as the key process to explain culture change and
developmental trajectories that gave the Caribbean peoples their
distinctive character. It is also here where Irving Rouse (Yale
University), leading and influential figure in Americanist…

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