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Anse a la Gourde, Guadeloupe, FWI

The site of Anse à la Gourde is situated at the north-east end of Grande Terre, Guadeloupe and thus exposed to the Atlantic coast. The site has been subjected to extensive investigations between 1995 and 2000. In total 1424 m2 have been excavated.

The site has a surface area of approx. 4 ha and has known four successive occupation phases radiocarbon dated between AD 450 and AD 1350/1400. The major occupation, though, took place between AD 1000 and AD 1350/1400. Material remains associated with this occupation phases belong to the post-Saladoid or Troumassoid series.

Ceramics are characterized by vessels with simple shapes, rarely decorated but often covered by a red slip. Incisions are large and shallow, modelled zoomorphic and anthropomorphic representations occur on the vessel rims. Legged griddles are present. Influences from both the northern (Mamoran Troumassoid) and the southern (Suazan Troumassoid) Lesser Antilles are evidenced in this ceramic assemblage. Excavations at the site took place between 1995 and 2000.


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