Barrancoid and Arauquinoid Mound Builders in Coastal Suriname

  • Aad H. Versteeg

Several of the pre-Columbian cultures of Suriname constructed sizeable earthworks. The Pondokreek culture made a great circular trench in the interior; the Barbakoeba culture of coastal East Suriname practiced agriculture on raised fields (Versteeg 2003). The Mabaruma and Hertenrits cultures stand apart from these because they made earthen mounds on which they built villages near their raised fields. This chapter discusses the mound builders who lived in the coastal plain of west Suriname from the fourth to thirteenth century AD.


Coastal Plain Human Occupation Marine Clay Topmost Layer Terra Preta 
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  • Aad H. Versteeg
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  1. 1.Stichting Surinaams MuseumParamariboSuriname

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