Coral Reefs

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 931-944

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Zooarchaeological analysis of prehistoric vertebrate exploitation at the Grand Bay Site, Carriacou, West Indies

  • M. J. LeFebvreAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, University of Florida Email author 

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This paper discusses zooarchaeological analysis of vertebrate faunal specimens from Grand Bay, a Ceramic Age ( 400–1300) site on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines, West Indies. Using faunal data to assess subsistence patterns of vertebrate exploitation during late site occupation, we can begin to better understand Grand Bay procurement strategies and coral reef exploitation. Preliminary zooarchaeological results imply that Grand Bay vertebrate exploitation emphasized marine resources over terrestrial resources, with particular emphasis on coral reef habitats and fish. The faunal data are discussed in relation to common patterns of prehistoric vertebrate exploitation in the Caribbean and fishing strategies. The Grand Bay faunal sample also provides a foundation from which to formulate future research foci and question zooarchaeological approaches to understanding prehistoric coral reef exploitation in the Caribbean.


Zooarchaeology West Indies Prehistoric subsistence Marine exploitation