By Reniel Rodríguez Ramos
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2001), I conducted a lithic sourcing survey in the northwestern part of Puerto Rico that identified for the first time the occurrence of high-quality cherts in that portion of the island. Martin, Martinique, and the Dominican Republic that helped me in estimating the source areas of raw materials from other islands. I also made a short visit to Antigua, guided by Knippenberg, and witnessed the impressive Flinty Bay site as well as Coconut Hall, two of the major flint sources on the island. Raw material types were separated strictly on the basis of macroscopic attributes notwithstanding the limitations of this approach for establishing definite raw material types and their sources (Luedke 1992).
Even though these techniques have traits that aid in differentiating one from another, they still share those features indicative of freehand flaking, which include a straight or slightly curved flake profile, a pronounced bulb of percussion, a thick striking platform, and a defined striking point. , anvil). , drill bits). Bipolar flakes are distinguished by a combination of features that include the presence of either ridged or pointed platforms with almost no surface area, a straight profile, either shattered or diffuse bulbs of force, crushing on both ends, and ridged sections parallel to their longitudinal axis.
However, it is considered here that identities are fluid, contested, and contingent on history and context (Gosden 2005) and that cultural plurality is the rule rather than the exception at any point in time (Lightfoot et al. 1998; Wilson 1999, 2007b). As is shown in this work, this is the case in Puerto Rico, where there is a significant social and cultural horizontal variability observed through time and where different historical trajectories were taken even by people who produced the same pottery styles.