A Century of Costa Rican Anthropology

Anita Cohen-Williams (IACAGC@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU)
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As my contribution towards exploding the myth that Costa Rica is more
or less "terra incognita" when it comes to archaeology and anthropology,
I've just posted the world's most comprehensive bibliography of sources
on the topic as a page on the World Wide Web. The URL is:


Although it's not (yet) indexed, the bibliography contains entries
for books, journal articles, and book chapters as well as unpublished
theses, dissertations, and reports. It is still incomplete, but you'll
find over 1200 entries representing contributions from the end of the
19th century to the present in Spanish, English, and German.
The compilation of this bibliography represents many months of hard
work, but I'm making it broadly available because I believe that research
in Costa Rica is relevant for a wide range of international scholars. After
all, Costa Rica straddles the interaction zone between Mesoamerica and
South America, where Uto-Aztecans, Oto-Mangueans, and Chibchas rubbed
elbows with one another for centuries.
There are sources here that will be of interest to Mayanists,
Andeanists, Paleoindian specialists, and anyone interested in good
comparative material on indigenous societies in the tropics. Unfortunately,
it is usually difficult (and often impossible) to find references to this
material. A significant number of references in my bibliography have
rarely or never been cited. I can't promise that any of them will be
easy to obtain, but at least one can know that this information exists.
The bibliography is still in a pretty raw state. It is also being
continuously updated. If you spot any omissions, PLEASE let me know so I
can include them. I would also appreciate specific advice as to how I can
make this resource more useful, especially with regard to searches, indexing,
and annotation. I particularly value comments from reference librarians and
experienced bibliographers.
I am hoping eventually to publish this document, or a version of it, in
hardcopy. Please respect copyright and refrain from duplicating substantial
portions of it. Feel free, however, to cut and paste individual citations
as you need them. (Don't forget to delete the HTML.)
I will consider it a success if people use this resource to learn more
about the indigenous societies of Costa Rica. Those of us who work there
are always on the lookout for new students and interested colleagues!

John W. Hoopes
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Kansas