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Columbus's Outpost among the TainosSpain and America at La Isabela, 1493-1498$
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Kathleen Deagan and Jose Maria Cruxent

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090406

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090406.001.0001

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The Medieval Enclave: Landscape, Town, and Buildings

The Medieval Enclave: Landscape, Town, and Buildings

(p.95) Chapter 6 The Medieval Enclave: Landscape, Town, and Buildings
Columbus's Outpost among the Tainos

Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the rescue archaeology program by Jose Cruxent, and how he took steps beforehand to define the larger cultural landscape of the settlement. Based on earlier research trips to the site, he knew that the area occupied and used by the Spaniards was not restricted to El Castillo. During the 1950s, Cruxent, together with engineer Emile Boyrie de Moya and archaeologist Luis Chanlatte, collected bricks, roof tiles, and pottery at the El Castillo site. They strongly suspected that these had been produced locally, but they were unable to locate any ceramic kilns in the area at the time. Thirty years later, Cruxent was still interested in learning about the pottery kilns, as they may have produced the tiles and bricks used in the construction of La Isabela's buildings at El Castillo and would therefore have been among the first things established by Columbus.

Keywords:   rescue archaeology program, Jose Cruxent, cultural landscape, El Castillo, Emile Boyrie de Moya, Luis Chanlatte, ceramic kilns

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