Journal of Cave and Karst Studies - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 60 Number 2: 101-102 - August 1998

A publication of the National Speleological Society

A Radiocarbon Date of 380 60BP for a Taino Site, Cueva Negra, Isla de Mona, Puerto Rico
Edward F. Frank


Charcoal fragments were collected from a mixed charcoal and bone deposit from a chamber in Cueva Negra, Isla de Mona Puerto Rico. Radiocarbon dating yielded a conventional 14C age of 380 60 Radiocarbon Years before present. Considering the standard deviation in the 14C data, the range in possible calendar dates is from 1480 to 1655 AD. This time period encompasses the first contact between Taino population and Europeans, and the subsequent removal of the last of the Taino from the island to Puerto Rico in 1578.

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