Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

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Rostain, Stéphen

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_2295-2

Basic Biographical Information

After his first contacts with New World archaeology in Teotihuacan, Mexico, and in the Maya site of Chaguite, Guatemala, Dr. Rostain focused his research on Amazonian lowlands and Caribbean islands. He was employed as an archaeologist in French Guiana from 1985 until he received his Ph.D. from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris in 1994. His dissertation was written on the archaeology of French Guiana.

Major Accomplishments

Stéphen Rostain is the first French archaeologist to dedicate his work to the Amazonian rain forest. He has developed innovative aerial archaeology along the Guiana coast, where he discovered thousands of pre-Columbian raised fields. From 1994 to 1996, he was the codirector of the archaeological project Tanki Flip in Aruba, which led to the publication of a large monograph. After the organization (with D. Schoepf) of the exhibition Autoportraits du Nouveau Mondein Geneva, Switzerland, he lived in Ecuador between 1996 and 2001,...

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Further Readings

  1. Rostain, S. 1994. L’occupation amérindienne ancienne du littoral de Guyane. Paris: ORSTOM.Google Scholar
  2. Rostain, S. 2008a. Agricultural earthworks on the French Guiana coast. In Handbook of south American archaeology, ed. H. Silverman and W.H. Isbell. New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  3. Rostain, S. 2008b. The archaeology of the Guianas: An overview. In Handbook of south American archaeology, ed. H. Silverman and W.H. Isbell. New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  4. Rostain, S. 2012. Islands in the rainforest: Landscape management in pre-Columbian Amazonia. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.Google Scholar
  5. Silverman, H., and W.H. Isbell, eds. 2008. H andbook of south American archaeology. New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  6. Versteeg, A.H., and S. Rostain. 1997. The archaeology of Aruba: The Tanki Flip site. Oranjestad: Archaeological Museum Aruba.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS, UMR 8096 Archéologie des AmériquesParisFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vicky Kynourgiopoulou
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  1. 1.John Felice Rome CentreLoyola University ChicagoRomeItaly