Caribbean

Multidisciplinary project addressing human-land relations

In the Caribbean, CHAS faculty have been engaged in a long-term, multidisciplinary project that addresses human-land relations, ranging from the earliest known settlements, dating to ca. 6000 BCE, to early colonial occupations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This project has been structured within the theoretical framework of island historical ecology, explicitly viewing landscapes as the outcome of complex and changing socioenvironmental processes. In addition, we have been investigating the status of heritage consideration in the Caribbean in the face of current socioeconomic demands, the unique legislative environments of independent island nations and overseas possessions of developed countries, and the interests of competing stakeholders.