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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Alegria, Ricardo E.
Ball courts and ceremonial plazas in the West Indies
Published By: Original publisher
New Haven: Dept. Anthropology, Yale University. 1983. ix, 185 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Ricardo E. Alegria
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2019. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Late Caribbean (S051)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Comparative evidence (171);
Ceramic technology (323);
Lithic industries (324);
Recreational structures (345);
Athletic sports (526);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a study of the BATEYS or prehistoric ball courts and associated ceremonial plazas dispersed throughout the West Indies and into South America, Mesoamerica, and the Southwestern United States. These courts were used in conjunction with the game played with a rubber ball by the Taino Indians of the Greater Antilles which had a wide distribution in the area of study. The major focus of the work is on Puerto Rico, Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Cuba. The author names and locates each of the ball court sites, describes briefly the outstanding features of each, and where possible, examines the previous archaeological work previously completed at each of these locations.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-165)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle; 1998
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
1000 BP-500 BP
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Caribbean Area -- Antiquities