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Archaeology at La IsabelaAmerica's First European Town$
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Kathleen Deagan and Jose Maria Cruxent

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090413

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090413.001.0001

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Excavations at El Castillo

Excavations at El Castillo

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(p.59) 4 Excavations at El Castillo
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Archaeology at La Isabela
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Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300090413.003.0004

This chapter reviews excavations being carried out at El Castillo. By 1987, La Isabela–El Castillo was a badly damaged site, located in an underdeveloped rural community poised on the brink of a tourism development. Excavations began within the area encompassed by the national park Solar de las Américas. It quickly became evident that virtually all traces of the natural stratigraphy had been obliterated, and excavation proceeded in arbitrary vertical increments of twenty-five centimeters. The severe disturbance to the soil deposits also obliterated most of the evidence for features other than those constructed of stone, such as building foundations. The depth of deposits throughout the Solar area varied from a few centimeters in the flat central area to nearly seventy centimeters at the south end of the site, where the tractor grading was minimal.

Keywords:   La Isabela, El Castillo, rural community, excavation, building foundations

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