Alegria, Ricardo E.. Ball courts and ceremonial plazas in the West Indies

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Title: Ball courts and ceremonial plazas in the West Indies

Published By: New Haven: Dept. Anthropology, Yale University, 1983. ix, 185 p.: ill., maps

By line: Ricardo E. Alegria

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Late Caribbean (S051)

Subjects: Identification (101); Comparative evidence (171); Ceramic technology (323); Lithic industries (324); Recreational structures (345); Athletic sports (526);

Abstract: 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: 1

Document ID: s051-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-165)

Field Date: 1949-1950s

Evaluation: Archaeologist-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1998

Coverage Date: 1000 B.P.-500 B.P.

Coverage Place: West Indies

LCSH: Caribbean Area -- Antiquities

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